Road Trips, Mountains, and Smokey Skies, August Photos

October 20, 2017 — 2 Comments

With all the forest fires burning in the interior of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, for eleven days in early August, Vancouver became engulfed in thick, disgusting smoke. I have lived in Vancouver for most of my life and have never seen it so bad. Not even close! It was really sad to hear about people being evacuated and even losing their homes. Not that it was important in comparison but I had to change my Rockies trip to somewhere with clearer skies. You’ll see some of those photos here. Now, please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in August.


A pleasant surprise on the trail. Glad she wasn’t a bear 🙂
Resting doe in the Lake of the Woods Campground in Cathedral Provincial Park, south-central British Columbia, Canada.



Dahlias in full bloom at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.



Beautiful dahlia, Mexico, at Ferncliff Gardens.



A moment of reflection at Green Timbers Park in Surrey, Canada.



Facing the Black Tusk from the edge of Helm Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada.



From my hike in the Kootenays of British Columbia, looking across Monica Meadows to peaks of the Purcell Mountain range.



Take a little walk with me 🙂
From my visit to Cathedral Provincial Park, I was lucky to see these mountain meadows in full bloom.



It took two years but I was so happy to return and complete this hike 🙂
Here I am above the formation known as Smokey the Bear along the Rim Trail in Cathedral Provincial Park.



Sunset over Mount Garibaldi, taken from my perch above Guildford in Surrey.



A spectacular view from Panorama Ridge above Garibaldi Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park.





Scenic back road drive taken near the Monica Meadows parking lot.



I always enjoy seeing this tiny island. Taken from the Garibaldi Lake Campground in Garibaldi Provincial Park.



Summer colours featuring these Cranesbill Geraniums at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.



One of the peaks of Mount Brunswick, north of Vancouver.



Whether it was on the water or in the mountains, this was a beautiful day to be outside in Vancouver. Here was the view of Howe Sound from Mount Brunswick (I was in the mountains).



I believe this is a Weigela and I know it’s a Swallowtail butterfly. Taken along a street in Surrey.



From early Summer, the beautiful garden featuring poppies outside the Guildford Recreation Centre in Surrey.



Love these colours! A Summer rose in the rose garden at Stanley Park in Vancouver.



An amazing spot for a photo, above Howe Sound on Brunswick Mountain



A little colour from early Summer featuring poppies at Stanley Park in Vancouver.




Roses in the rain at the Rose Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver.



A smokey sunset from Crescent Beach in Surrey and…



another from Burnaby Fraser Foreshore Park and…



one from my perch above Guildford.



Well-worth the hike…
The view from Gwillim Lake in Valhalla Provincial Park, Canada. I believe the first peak is Lucifer.



On Solar Eclipse day, I posted… No photos of the Eclipse (I’m sure there will be one or two posted by others) but…
A rose, taken at the Rose Garden in Queen Elizabeth Park.



One more climb to Goat Mountain.


Facing Crown Mountain from Goat Mountain.



After over a week of smoke, I was happy to see the mountains and the ocean during a very, very long walk along Spanish Banks, Wreck Beach, and through Pacific Spirit Park in Vancouver.



Love these clouds…
From my BC Ferries sail between Horseshoe Bay and the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia.



Before the smoke, an interesting sunset over the North Shore Mountains.



Blazing sunset over Vancouver.



I think this was my 18th hike to Panorama Ridge but I never tire of visiting this beautiful spot.


I hope you enjoyed this post. On my next post, we welcome September and Autumn on the West Coast, and I make one more road trip before Winter. 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.


2 responses to Road Trips, Mountains, and Smokey Skies, August Photos

  1. Bob Bowen (Los Lunas, New Mexico, USA) October 22, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Randall: I love your love of nature. Man cannot create this, so let’s not mess it up. Smokey The Bear is my type of hike. I have made four trips up to Victoria to visit my good friend Johnny Vallis and I love the scenery that BC has to offer !

    • Thanks for the kind words. I love it here and this has been the best Summer and Fall to explore. I need to get back to Victoria soon too. It’s been far too long. All the best and keep checking back 🙂

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