This past week I visited a dahlia farm and garden for the first time in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia. I was so amazed and inspired that I’m working on a blog post featuring those beautiful flowers. Hopefully, I will have it finished before Christmas :)

In the meantime, my photos of the week posted to social media included a cute marmot that I met in Garibaldi Provincial Park and a whole lot of brightness. I hope you enjoy them. These are my photos of the week!


A little brightness…
Earlier this year in the tulip garden, Stanley Park, Vancouver, Canada.

tulips orange stanley park vancouver canada

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It was getting late in the afternoon in the Basque town of Guernica and I had to make a decision. The main albergue was full and I had to choose if I wanted to stay at another that was “packed” with just a bed or two available, or climb the hill to another over 10 kilometers away. There was an albergue in the rural village of Pepiena, but if that was full, I could be in some trouble with a lack of daylight and energy. I’ll make a decision soon, but wait! Our visit to Guernica is not over yet!

I left my last post, On and Off the Camino del Norte in Guernica, Spain, at the Church of Santa Maria after a very touching and inspiring walk around this modern, historically important town. Here is one of the lesser know churches, the Iglesia y Convento de Santa Clara. I can’t seem to find any information online.

Guernica Church iglesia Santa Clara Gernika Bizkaia Basque Spain

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Spring and Summer photos dominate this “Photos of the Week” post. My favourite is probably the first because I waited a long time to get the shot of this beautiful hummingbird.


Taken in the Hummingbird garden at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, above Okanagan Lake. Make sure that you visit if you’re ever in south-central British Columbia, Canada.

Hummingbird Summerland Ornamental Gardens flowers bc

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This was a week of concerts for me as Autumn arrived abruptly to Vancouver. Seeing Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, Lee Brice, Dennis DeYoung of Styx, Daryl Hall & John Oates, and Janet Jackson made for exciting evenings. I didn’t hike but I did visit VanDusen and Queen Elizabeth Park Gardens in Vancouver for some late Summer / cloudy day photos.

My photos posted to social media this past week covered recent travels and all the way back to my first trip to London. Let’s start there…

I was amazed when I arrived to this spot at Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens across from Buckingham Palace. I had never seen anything like it! That is Canada Gate on the left leading to Green Park.

Tulips London Queen Victorial Gardens

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British Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, developed a love for the environment as he grew older. His passion for fly fishing intensified, and he became a leader on environmental issues. Upon invitation from friends including former Canadian Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, John Fraser, Mr. Hughes attended a Steelhead Society of British Columbia fundraiser and awareness event in Vancouver, Canada on August 11, 1993.

This event was during a sensitive time with regards to overfishing threatening Steelhead, and pollution along the Skeena River and tributaries, where the fish spawn and rear before making the journey to sea. A film, “Wild Steelhead of the Skeena,” debuted and Mr. Hughes read poetry. He also signed copies of the print, “Symbols Of Survival,” by British / Canadian artist Ken Kirkby. The prints were also signed by Mr. Kirkby and John Fraser.

At the end of last year, I acquired the remaining prints, Symbols Of Survival, from a closing shop in Vancouver. It has long been my intention to add a store to my website featuring items pertaining to nature and history. I’m pleased to now offer these prints as part of my developing store. If you are interested in one or more of these prints, please contact me directly at

The price per print is USD$225 including shipping in a tube to the USA and Canada. Please contact me for shipping to other parts of the world. Discounts are available for purchases of more than one print. You will also get, if desired, a photo of your exact print and a close up of Ted Hughes’ signature for inspection prior to your purchase.

For more information on this lesser-know aspect of Mr. Hughes’ life regarding fly fishing and environmentalism, please read the The Guardian’s informative article Portrait of a poet as eco warriorAs for the event in 1993, it is difficult to find more information. I found this link at the Steelhead Society that mentions Mr. Hughes twice.


Symbols Of Survival

Ted Hughes Symbols Survival Ken Kirkby print

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Scenes of Summer. Scenes of Spring. I even have a rare appearance by me in a photo from my Sunday hike to Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, north of Whistler, Canada. Now that was a long drive from my home in Vancouver, but well-worth-it. These are my photos posted to social media for the last full week of August, 2015!


From my recent trip along Highway 5A between Kamloops and Merritt, Canada, a beautiful view over Napier Lake at sunset.

Kamloops Merritt Highway 5a napier lake

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