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I had always wanted to see the Larch Valley in Banff National Park in its golden splendor. Although I had been to the Larch Valley previously, it was in August and you don’t realize what you’re missing in the Autumn. I’m glad I went as it would be among my best ever visits to the Canadian Rockies. Amazing and beautiful! And crowded too!

Whenever you visit the Canadian Rockies at the end of September, you could have early Winter conditions or warm, Spring-like days. There was snow and cold the week before our visit but we was lucky to arrive to sunny skies. The Moraine Lake parking lot was full early so we had to take the shuttle from the Lake Louise overflow campground along the Trans Canada Highway. Make sure you give yourself time as there may be a wait for the shuttle both ways.

We’ll start here, on the edge of Moraine Lake facing the Tower of Babel.

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With all the forest fires burning in the interior of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, for eleven days in early August, Vancouver became engulfed in thick, disgusting smoke. I have lived in Vancouver for most of my life and have never seen it so bad. Not even close! It was really sad to hear about people being evacuated and even losing their homes. Not that it was important in comparison but I had to change my Rockies trip to somewhere with clearer skies. You’ll see some of those photos here. Now, please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in August.

 

A pleasant surprise on the trail. Glad she wasn’t a bear 🙂
Resting doe in the Lake of the Woods Campground in Cathedral Provincial Park, south-central British Columbia, Canada.

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Snow and rain with the odd temptation of Springtime pretty much summarized February in Vancouver. Early Rhododendrons that sometimes started blooming in late January and the early Cherry Blossoms barley showed any buds. I didn’t want to emerge either as the snow fell right into March. Thankfully, I was able to get out a few times but it was good I had unpublished photos from the previous Spring and other seasons. These are my photos published to social media in February.

 

This was a lovely February day… Sunset at the pier in White Rock, Canada.

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With so much absurdness and negativity in the World — and I’m only talking about the real news — I thought it was time to publish something light. I hope you don’t mind. Last Spring, I unexpectedly met someone for the first time on the grounds of the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Such a pleasant, peaceful visit. Please meet…

Roger the Marmot 🙂

Roger is hiding here. Maybe he’s a little shy… C’mon Roger, come out and say hello.


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One of my highlights from last Summer was witnessing the Monarch butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada, just east of Vancouver. I have seen and appreciate butterflies in the wild but this event was certainly different. While the range of the Monarchs includes Southern Canada, I have never seen one outside of an enclosed sanctuary. For photo enthusiasts, such as myself, who enjoy flowers and butterflies, the butterfly release was a perfect opportunity on what was a beautiful Summer’s day in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

During the event, participants make donations to a sponsored local charity and then release a Monarch butterfly into the garden of Krause Berry Farms. These butterflies don’t necessarily fly away but linger amongst the flowers…

Two of my favourites… a butterfly and a Tiger Lily.

tiger lily monarch butterfly

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It’s been a couple of months since I’ve had a “Photos of the Week” post. Let’s catch up a bit with photos for the month of April featuring Spring flowers and the skies over Vancouver. I also have a few photos from my travels last Spring and Summer. It’s going to be a long one so let’s get to it. These are just some of my photos posted to social media for the month of April.

 

This daffodil and I welcome you to this post! 🙂

daffodil Queen Elizabeth Park vancouver

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