Poppies, Mountains and Summer Skies, July Photos

September 9, 2017 — Leave a comment

The Summer solstice brought beautiful, sunny weather to Vancouver and much of the province of British Columbia. However, it didn’t take long to dry, and by mid July, many of the forests in the interior of the province were on fire. It was scary to hear about evacuations of large towns such as Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, along with numerous smaller locations. I even had to change my plans for my late July trip. I’ll get to that later but in the meantime, here is a selection of my photos posted to social media in July.


Roses in the sky at Tuscan Farm Gardens in Abbotsford, Canada.


A peaceful spot on the shores of Wedgemont Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler, Canada.



Mirror images (well, almost) 🙂
A favourite photo… Ducklings at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.



One of the beautiful views with lavender and coneflowers in full bloom at Tuscan Farm Gardens.



An amazing hike… and a slippery one too!
A look back to my Spring hike to Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park.



One of my favourite variety of poppies outside the Guildford Recreation Centre in Surrey, Canada.



Yes, those are bugs…
And bears too. I don’t know if this is Grinder or Coola but the Grizzly bears sure have grown since the last time I saw them. Taken at the Wildlife Refuge at Grouse Mountain, above North Vancouver.


While most butterflies took off upon release, this one stayed…
Painted Lady butterfly at the butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.



Posted on Saint James Day…
A proud moment for me was arriving at the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral.



Mount Atwell, a southern peak of majestic Mount Garibaldi. Love these clouds too. Taken on my Victoria Day hike to Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park.





Poppy and Dianthus garden outside the Guildford Recreation Centre.



Jumping for joy at Watersprite Lake above Squamish, Canada.



A smokey sunset over Vancouver.



Was happy to arrive to Brew Lake near Whistler.



Poppy and lavender at Tuscan Farm Gardens.





Take a little walk with me among coneflowers and Iavender at beautiful Tuscan Farm Gardens.



An amazing sunset with interesting cloud formations over Vancouver. Taken from my perch above Guildford in Surrey.





Getting closer to the summit of Goat Mountain above North Vancouver.


Here’s me with Crown Mountain in the background.



Hiked very close to the glacier above Wedgemont Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park. Although I hate to see the glacier receding so rapidly, the colours are amazing.



Hello duckling 🙂
Springtime at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.




Angry skies…
stormy sunset over Vancouver.


Framed by clouds and mountains…
Mount Garibaldi during sunset over Vancouver on a lovely Sunday evening.



Watching the sunset over Christina Lake in Boundary Country of British Columbia.



Under cumulus skies…
Fireweed and the Black Tusk from the road leading to the Brew Lake Trail.



Instead of the Canadian Rockies, I chose to visit the Kootenays of British Columbia. This was from my second hike to Monica Meadows, north of Kaslo. Looking at numerous peaks at the McBeth Icefield. A fire was below that had our group concerned.



A scenic spot overlooking Stave Lake after a short hike above Mission, Canada.


I hope you enjoyed this post. My next post will become a little more smokey. It may, or may not, be what you think. Thanks 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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