Dahlias, Gardens and Goodbye Summer, September Photos

November 6, 2016 — Leave a comment

I don’t remember a recent Summer on the West Coast of Canada as unsettled as the one of 2016. Well, the Autumn didn’t start off much better but we were lucky to get the odd day or even stretch of sunny weather. I took advantage of the more pleasant days with walks, short hikes, and visits to various gardens. If you like dahlias, there are many on this post, as I visited the gardens of Ferncliff on three occasions. These are my photos of the week posted to social media in September.


A whole lot of Summer colour and a touch of Autumn too…
Dahlia garden at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.



One of my highlights for the Summer was visiting the Victoria Lavender Farm, near Victoria, Canada, and spending time in these gardens.



Swallowtail butterfly and lavender at the Victoria Lavender Farm.



A beautiful sunset…
From one of my walks along the Fraser River in Richmond, Canada.



Although I don’t usually include signs in my photos, I thought it would be appropriate on the International Day of Peace. A beautiful rose, Love and Peace, taken earlier in the Summer at the Butchart Gardens.



Passion flower, also at the Butchart Gardens.




Monarch Butterfly and orange coneflowers from my July visit to Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.




I had fun watching this Swallowtail butterfly perch on different flowers at the Butchart Gardens.




A full rainbow after a September storm in Vancouver. Taken from my perch above Guildford in Surrey.



I love the clouds here…
It sure looked like Autumn when I visited VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.






A selection of dahlias for you. All of these were taken at Ferncliff Gardens. This dahlia is Ferncliff Fuego.




Dahlia Raeann’s Torch.




Globe dahlia, Sir Richard.




Dahlia Misty Imagination.




One of my favourites… Weston Spanish Dancer.




Clearview Orca.




Novelty dahlia Raemeister.




A little Fire Magic… as in the dahlia Fire Magic.




Weston Spanish Dancer and a bee.




Take a little walk with me at Ferncliff Gardens.



On the edge of Alouette Lake in Golden Ears Provincial Park on a lovely Sunday afternoon.




What Am I Listening to?

Thanks for asking 🙂  This is a such a touching song! I will never forget seeing Madeline open her Canada Day show with a powerful rendition.  If you know someone battling mental illness, please be there for them. They may need your support. This is Madeline Merlo and War Paint.



After the rain, just after…
Poppy and a bee taken earlier in the Summer in the garden of Oak Meadow Park in Vancouver.




A beautiful walk…
From my visit to the Butchart Gardens in early Summer, the rose arbor during a more quiet moment.




Also in the rose garden at the Butchart Gardens.




Rose as the sun emerged just after a Summer shower…
Taken at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.




From my late September hike, the waterfall between middle and upper lakes at Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, east of Pemberton, Canada.



A scene of Summer…
Blanket Flowers and this old wooden fence at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, Canada.



Loved seeing this Swallowtail butterfly on one of my favourite flowers, the sweet smelling Heliotrope. Also at the Butchart Gardens.




I never tire of this view… from my Summer hike, the amazing view from Panorama Ridge above Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada.



Sweet peas and roses from one of my visits in early Summer to the Butchart Gardens.




One of my favourite cloud formations taken from my balcony in Surrey.




While watching the first stormy Clinton / Trump debate, I couldn’t help noticing this stormy-looking sunset over Vancouver!


I know I’m late with this post but I wish you a fabulous Autumn. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


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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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