Butchart, Garibaldi and a lot of Spring Colour, May Photos

June 28, 2016 — 4 Comments
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I had promised myself this post would be published by the weekend. Of course that was two weekends ago and I can’t believe it’s already near the end of June. This is a long post so I better get to it and at it (please excuse the Stompin’ Tom Connors reference). I hope you enjoy this selection of my photos posted to social media in May.

 

Happy daffodils, along with the emerging azaleas…
Early April in the beautiful Butchart Gardens, near Victoria, Canada.

Butchart gardens victoria daffodils

 

 

One of my favourite spots…
Looking back to Summer on the edge of Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada.

Garibaldi Park Lake Summer

 

 

Under cumulus skies…
Descending Helm Glacier from Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Panorama Ridge Garibaldi park canada

 

 

A rainbow of colour…
April at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, east of Vancouver.

tulips rain Abbotsford Festival canada

 

 

Loved this Anemone from Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.

Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone April

 

 

A little Spring brightness in one of the many tulip gardens at the Butchart Gardens.

Butchart Gardens Victoria April tulips

 

 

tulips pink Butchart gardens victoria

 

 

No, it isn’t snow but…
fallen cherry blossom petals, early Spring in Vancouver.

cherry blossom pathway vancouver

 

 

cherry blossom petals vancouver canada

 

 




 

 

Daffodils in the sky at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival

daffodil garden abbotsford tulip festival

 

 

daffodils garden abbotsford tulip festival

 

 

Daffodil on a mossy rock…
Well, just behind a rock… early Spring at Stanley Park in Vancouver!

daffodil vancouver stanley park garden

 

 

I have driven by this cross at the Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery in Surrey, Canada many times, but on the sunny Spring day, I decided to stop.

Valley View Funeral Home Cemetery Surrey

 

 

Anemones at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone purple

 

 

vancouver Queen Elizabeth Park Anemone

 

 

One of my favourite drives is between Banff and Jasper on the Icefields Parkway!

Icefields Parkway Drive Jasper National Park

 

What am I listening to?

Thanks for asking. Another great song from the new Dierks Bentley album. This is Pick Up.

 

 

 

I visit these daffodil fields in Bradner, Canada every Spring. They are usually quiet and peaceful.

Bradner stormy clouds daffodil field Spring

 

 

Bradner daffodil field

 

 

I’ve walked along these rocks to the Battleship Islands at Garibaldi Lake many times. Summer at Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Garibaldi Lake Park battleship islands canada

 

 




 

 

Magnolia in the rain…
Early Spring at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver!

Magnolia rain VanDusen garden vancouver

 

 

Magnolias at Stanley Park…

Magnolia vancouver Stanley Park

 

 

Magnolia Stanley Park vancouver canada

 

 

Under cumulus skies…
A beautiful evening at Burnaby Lake, Canada.

Burnaby lake cumulus sky

 

 

A sign of Spring… Peony garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

peony pink Van Dusen garden vancouver

 

 

The Anemones were amazing this past Spring in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver Anemone

 

 

I don’t often see this colour of Anemone…

Anemone Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver

 

 

Do you ever dream of tulips in the sky? Me neither, but here are some from April at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

tulips sky Abbotsford festival

 

 

tulips sky pink Abbotsford Festival

 

 

Loved visiting this spot…
Spring colour courtesy of these rhododendrons and daisies. Taken at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

rhododendron daisy VanDusen garden

 

 

Beautiful colours of the emerging rhododendron flowers at VanDusen Botanical Garden.
Recently, I had someone teach me the difference between the rhododendron and azalea. I used to look at the size of the plant but now also look at the stamens (generally, 5 for the azalea and 10 for the rhododendron).
This is definitely a rhododendron!

rhododendron Spring VanDusen garden

 

 

A rare sighting 🙂
The Forget-me-not Anemone, this past Spring at Stanley Park.

Stanley Park Anemone vancouver

 

 

What else am I listening too?

Thanks again for asking 🙂 A catchy, happy song for Summer, this is Hold On (The Break) by Walk Off The Earth. Love the video too!

 

 

Very different sunsets in Vancouver taken from my balcony in Surrey.

Vancouver mountains Sunset clouds

 

 

sunset fire vancouver moutains

 

 

sunset orange vancouver

 

 

Spring brightness and Majestic Mount Cheam…
From the former Tulips of the Valley Festival, east of Vancouver.

Tulips of the valley Mount cheam

 

 

On Love a Tree Day, I posted… if there was a Love a Tulip Day, this photo would work well! Taken this past Spring in Downtown Vancouver.

tulip hug vancouver downtown

 

 

Tulips and forget-me-nots at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

VanDusen garden tulips Spring

 

 

Hello purple parrot 🙂
From the gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park!

tulip purple parrot Queen Elizabeth Park

 

 

Mirror image… well, almost!
Tulip garden from Downtown Vancouver, earlier this past Spring!

tulips orange vancouver

 

 

Tulips and drops from April at the Butchart Gardens.

tulips raindrops Butchart gardens

 

 

The view from Vancouver Lookout on Cypress Mountain.

Vancouver Lookout Cypress Mountain

 

 

Spring brightness… Tulip garden at Stanley Park.

tulips orange vancouver Stanley Park

 

 

More tulips from the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

tulips pink Abbotsford Festival

 

 

Can you believe a mountain hillside covered in phlox?
From my Spring hike to Elk Mountain near Chilliwack, Canada!Elk Mountain phlox flowers meadow

 

If you made it through the entire post, I thank you. Wishing you the very best for a happy and safe Summer.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.

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4 responses to Butchart, Garibaldi and a lot of Spring Colour, May Photos

  1. Beautiful photos. I don’t know if I will ever have an opportunity to visit these places in person, but I certainly appreciate your gorgeous photography.

  2. I love all your photos of Butchart Garibaldi & spring flowers …. The contrast with Australia, where I live is amazing. We plan to visit Canada in the next couple of years so I will enjoy your posts. Great photography! 👏☀️👍

    • Thanks so much, Gerrie. Glad you enjoy the photos. I wish I had a DSLR when I visited Australia. When you visit Canada, don’t forget the West Coast. It’s very beautiful here. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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