Butterflies, Lavender and Summer Scenes, July Photos

September 2, 2016 — 2 Comments

I love Summer but don’t enjoy the heat. Usually July is the warmest month in Vancouver but this year was very unsettled, rainy and cool. Good thing there were pleasant days in between the not-so-pleasant ones and I could get outdoors with my camera. These are my photos of the month posted to social media in July.

Here’s some Summer brightness from early July…
Monarch Butterfly and orange coneflower at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.

Monarch Butterfly coneflower Krause Berry Farms


Love this colour…
Beautiful lily at Darts Hill Garden Park in Surrey, Canada.

ily Darts Hill Garden Park surrey



The amazing view from Eagle Bluffs above West Vancouver, Canada.

Eagle Bluffs Cypress West Vancouver



The gardens at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, Canada.

Deer Lake Park garden Burnaby



I was thrilled to visit the Victoria Lavender Farm in Victoria, Canada for the first time.

Lavender Farm Victoria canada



Swallowtail and lavender…
Also at the Victoria Lavender Farm.

victoria lavender farm butterfly



Beautiful rose garden from one of my Summer visits to the Butchart Gardens near Victoria.

rose arbor victoria Butchart gardens



Loved seeing this little guy…
Duckling and lily pads at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada.

duckling lily pad vanDusen garden vancouver



Taking a break…
Ducklings on lily pads, also at VanDusen.

ducklings lily pad vanDusen garden



Who knows the name of this rose?
I would really appreciate knowing because it had a most beautiful scent. Taken at Oak Meadows Park in Vancouver.

rose oak meadow park Vancouver bc



A peaceful scene…
The now closed Gambier Island General Store, Gambier Island, Canada.

Gambier Island General Store



The Lavatera or tree mallow, in a garden outside of VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Lavatera mallow vanDusen garden Vancouver



Rising above and critter below…
Also outside of VanDusen Botanical Garden. If you know the name of the pink flower, please leave a comment. I would really appreciate it.

flower pink vanDusen garden Vancouver



I was very happy to make it here 🙂
From Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada, this is Garibaldi Lake with Mount Garibaldi in the center.

Garibaldi Lake Panorama Ridge



Hello lily 🙂
Taken in the rose garden at Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver and…

lily QE Queen Elizabeth Park Vancouver



at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

lily vanDusen garden vancouver



What Am I Listening to?

Thanks for asking 🙂 Although I don’t like wasting time, there are instances, usually with the right company, that it can be the most rewarding in terms of joy and memories. Then, time is not wasted. Okay, I’ll shut up now. A great song for Summer, this is Keith Urban and Wasted Time.



A lupin outside of VanDusen Botanical Garden.

lupin vanDusen botanical garden



How many Monarch Butterflies do you see?
So lucky for this moment at Krause Berry Farms.

Monarch Butterflies Krause Berry Farms coneflower



Monarch Butterfly loving the Liatris or blazing star at Krause Berry Farms.

Monarch Butterfly blazing star Krause Berry Farms



Here are two videos from Instagram that I posted from my visit to Krause Berry Farms. This would be the day after the annual Monarch Butterfly Release.





A sign of Summer…
Delphinium or larkspur at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Delphinium larkspur VanDusen garden Vancouver



The poppy garden at Oak Meadows Park was beautiful this Summer. I visited a few times on sunny days and rainy ones too.

icelandic poppy macro oak meadows park



oak meadows park icelandic poppy





Oak meadows Park icelandic poppy Vancouver



icelandic poppy rain oak meadows park South Cambie



Glad to see the sunshine during this evening visit to Queen Elizabeth Park.

Queen elizabeth park vancouver canada



In case you’re a little down, here is some cuteness to help brighten your day.
Goslings at Burnaby Lake, Burnaby.

goslings canada geese burnaby Lake



Roses in front of the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

roses Victoria Parliament Buildings



Amazing sunset during my sail back to Tsawwassen from Victoria on the B.C. Ferry, Spirit of British Columbia.

sunset BC Ferry Swartz Bay Tsawwassen



Rose in the rain in the rose garden at Queen Elizabeth Park.

rose peach Queen Elizabeth park



The smaller, but still very beautiful, rose arbor at the Butchart Gardens.

roses arbor butchart gardens victoria



Always enjoy visiting the rose garden at Stanley Park, Vancouver.

Rose garden Stanley Park vancouver



From the rose garden in Queen Elizabeth Park…

roses pink Queen Elizabeth park canada
roses rain Queen Elizabeth park vancouver



Looking back to a sunny day in the rose garden at Stanley Park.

roses stanley park Vancouver bc



I had looked at the Westminster Abbey church from the the town of Mission, Canada for years and thought one day, I’ll drive up there. Recently, I finally did. The church is not ancient, but if you’re in the area, it’s certainly worth a visit! Make sure you walk the short distance to the viewpoint with views of the Fraser River and Valley.

Westminster Abbey Church Mission



The blazing sunset over Vancouver from my perch above Guildford in Surrey.

sunset Vancouver Surrey Summer



A look back to this past Spring and tulips in the sky at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival, east of Vancouver.

Tulips in the Sky festival Abbotsford



After a long break, it’s so nice to be hiking again. This is me on Eagle Bluffs 🙂

Randall st germain Eagle Bluffs


Yes, that was another long post. Maybe I’ll go back to weekly posts for the Fall and Winter. I’m still thinking about it. In the meantime, thanks for visiting and I wish you an amazing month of September. Peace to you!

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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.


2 responses to Butterflies, Lavender and Summer Scenes, July Photos

  1. Great photos. Lote your gallery!

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