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It’s been less than two years since I saw Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan performing This Is How We Roll at the 2014 Academy of Country Music Awards. It was an amazing performance and since then, I have rediscovered country music. This time it’s “new” Country with a mix of rock, pop, soul, and even rap. I had never heard of many of the artists before. Listening to new music that I enjoy really has inspired me. In fact, I will include a “What am I listening to” post here once a week from now on. I hope you’ll enjoy it and feel free to pass along any new music to me. A Youtube video with you singing in the shower doesn’t count though.

Last year, I went to the Basics for Babies fundraiser at the Langley Events Center hosted by Vancouver, Canada’s Country radio station 93.7 JRfm. While last years’s lineup of performers was very good, I was amazed who would be there in 2015. While I took the odd phone photo and some video, I decided to include Youtube videos to hear the songs more clearly. But wait, this is also my “photos of the week” posted to social media feature, so let’s start with…

 

Double tulip and more…
One of my favourite gardens from last Spring with these double tulips and baby’s breath, VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada.

double tulip pink babys breath

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If you’re in the Vancouver, Canada area during the Christmas season, I recommend visiting Festival of Lights at VanDusen Botanical Garden. It’s quite beautiful with over one million lights and the display seems to get better every year. Try to go on a night without rain but expect large crowds as Festival of Lights is very popular. I didn’t take any photos but posted videos to Instagram that I have included here. Now, please join me on my photos and videos posted to social media in the past week.

 

 

I shared this on a stormy day in Vancouver… No photos of dark clouds and me being pelted by rain, but a look back to late Spring…
and some brightness. I visited this pink rose during one of my many walks in Vancouver.

Rose pink buds vancouver

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I love to walk! I also love watching wildlife. On this post, I shall feature photos from my walks in and around Vancouver, Canada, as well as some gentle, and a little humorous, animal encounters that I have had. Now, please join me on my photos posted to social media in the past week.

 

Hey, who has been eating my petunias?
Mama deer with fawn enjoying breakfast in one of my favourite places, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada.

Mama deer fawn Radium Hot Springs kootenay

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Most of the photos this week are from my many visits to Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. Located a short drive from my home, I try to visit the park a few times per month. In the Spring, I’ll visit even more as the gardens come alive with beautiful colours of tulips, daffodils, rhododendrons, magnolias, and cherry blossoms, among other flowers. I’m very lucky to live so close. Now, please join me on my new post with my photos shared to social media in the past week.

 

I’m glad this Canada Goose took a moment to pose for me in front of the daffodils and hyacinths earlier this year in the gardens of Stanley Park.

Canada Goose Stanley Park Gardens

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For most people, their first body piercing is of the ear lobe. In my case, my first piercing was my ear drum. Until last week, I never had heard of a Tympanostomy. After many months with a blockage in my ear, I had a Tympanostomy tube inserted last week during a mildly painful procedure. If you have abnormal fluid built up and a loss of hearing for an extended period, it may be for you. Consult your doctor. No photos of my Tympanostomy tube or me screaming in pain at the Otolaryngologist’s office, but please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media.

The majority of the photos on this post features scenes from VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. It’s not far from my home and I’m fortuanate to have a membership.

A whole lot of brightness…

This is one of my favourite photos of the beautiful tulip garden at VanDusen from last Spring.

bright Tulip Garden VanDusen Vancouver

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Ever since I began visiting the Tulips of the Valley Festival, about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver, Canada, years ago, I have become enamoured with the rebel tulip. What exactly is a rebel tulip? It’s not a term you find in Wikipedia (not yet). Is it a tulip that has gone bad? Maybe one that indulges in too much tequila and fights with other tulips? Possibly a tulip that swears at you and gives you the finger, or, if I may, the petal, when you stand between rows too deep into the field while trampling on the flowers trying to get that perfect photo? Well, not really, although the latter would be justified!

My definition of the rebel tulip is one that is a little out of place. One that rises above or lurks below the crowd. The rebel is different than the others – colour, shape, size, or a combination of all of those. The rebel is resilient as many survive the Spring bulb harvest and subsequent Autumn planting. Some make their way into bins they shouldn’t before the fall planting. The rebel is not bad or evil, but certainly adds beauty to the fields of tulips. Finally, unlike some rebels, these tulip rebels brings peace.

You may say, “Randall, this is not a traditional way of presenting tulips!” Well, I don’t care, because I’m a bit of a rebel too. Now, please get really close to your computer, tablet, or smart phone screen and join me on my presentation of A Focus on the Rebels, Tulips of the Valley Festival 🙂

 

A bit of a contrast… With rebel tulips such as this brilliant orange one with the name of Oriental Splendor, contrast is all a part of standing out.

A bit of a contrast… With rebel tulips such as this brilliant orange one with the name of Oriental Splendor, contrast is all a part of standing out.

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