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If you ever visit Vancouver, Canada, I really recommend a drive into the interior of the province of British Columbia. About 2 hours east of Vancouver along Highway 3 is Manning Provincial Park. Whether you’re into hiking or just relaxing, it’s a beautiful place to visit. Many of the photos in this post are from Manning Park but for more, please read my blog posts, Golden Larches of Frosty Mountain and Lupines and Paintbrush, Flowers and Meadows of Mount Outram. Now, please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media.

 

A little cuteness featuring this Columbian Ground Squirrel. Summertime at Lightning Lakes, Manning Provincial Park!

Columbian Ground Squirrel Manning Park lightning

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Happy New Year. An Earthquake. Yes, just as I was about to go to sleep on Tuesday of last week, I was gently rattled by the first earthquake felt in Vancouver (at least, by me) since the Seattle one in 2001. I checked Twitter to confirm that it was a quake and realized it was felt by many in Washington State and southwest British Columbia, Canada. Soon, the local news had live coverage, and instead of going to sleep before midnight, it was well past 1AM. Luckily there was no damage or injuries but it was still enough to shake me up (get it?). Sorry about that. Now, let’s take a look at my photos posted to social media in the past week with the emphasis on snowy scenes.

 

Garibaldi Mountain and Lake, and The Table from Panorama Ridge in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada. Looks like Winter but actually taken in the Spring!

Garibaldi Lake Mountain table Panorama

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I’m posting a few days after Christmas and I hope you all are having a safe and very happy holiday season. For those of you with a week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, lucky you. I hope you can relax and have fun. Now, please join me on my photos posted to social media in the past week.

 

A peaceful scene…
near Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley of Canada, Springtime!

Abbotsford Fraser Valley Red Barn

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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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