Roses, Mountains and Hello Summer, June Photos

July 31, 2016 — 4 Comments

Well, I would like to blame the beautiful Summer weather for the lateness of this post but to be honest, there were many gray and rainy days in Vancouver during early July. Like most months of Summer, July just breezed by, and we are now facing August. I won’t make excuses for my tardiness, but will just present you with a selection of my photos and videos posted to social media during June.


The rose arbor was just beautiful when I visited the Centennial Rose Garden on Burnaby Mountain in Burnaby, Canada on a sunny Sunday in June.

Centennial Rose Garden Burnaby Mountain



Now, this was a beautiful Spring day!
From the shores of Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canada.

Clearwater Lake Wells Gray Park



Getting some shade…
I hope you can see the spider escaping the heat on the right. Taken in the rose garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver.

rose spider VanDusen garden Vancouver



Looking toward the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park…
From my visit last Summer, this was a beautiful day in the Canadian Rockies!

Jasper National Park Athabasca Glacier



I was excited to visit the Victoria Lavender Farm near Victoria, Canada for the first time. Although there is no lavender in this video, I thought this was kind of cute. I don’t think the male peacock felt the same way. This is Peacock Rejected!



This pretty rose had newly emerged at VanDusen Botanical Garden. I wish I knew the name because it was one of my favourites.

Rose VanDusen Garden Rosa Gallica Versicolor



Looking back to one of my Summer trips through Glacier National Park, Canada. This is Mount Rogers at the center-left and Mount Tupper on the right from Rogers Pass.

Mount Rogers Tupper Glacier National Park



I woke up early for this…
Looking East along the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Canada. Last Summer!

Jasper National Park Athabasca River Canada



Beautiful lupin meadow, Springtime at Green Timbers Park in Surrey, Canada.

lupin meadow green timbers park



Butchart Gardens near Victoria, Canada on a Sunday in June. The rose garden and arbor were simply amazing!

rose garden Butchart victoria June



One of the many roses at the Butchart Gardens.

roses pink Butchart gardens victoria June



Take a little walk with me, and many other people, around the beautiful rose garden at Butchart.



The hanging baskets were also amazing at the Butchart Gardens.



A whole lot of Summer colour featuring geraniums and one my favourites, heliotrope, at the Butchart Gardens.

helitrope geranium Butchart gardens June



From the rose garden at Queen’s Park in New Westminster, Canada.

rose pink Queen's Park New Westminster canada



Back to the rose arbor at the Centennial Rose Garden on Burnaby Mountain.




Bright colours from the poppy garden at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

poppy pink VanDusen Garden vancouver


On the morning after the Brexit vote, I wrote,  “Wow, I was shocked with the results of Brexit. If you have woken up to see your stocks plummeting, maybe this poppy will brighten your day… okay, it’s probably not enough!” Also at VanDusen.

poppy VanDusen garden Vancouver canada



Irises at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

iris purple VanDusen Garden



Facing Mount Baker and the Coastal Celebration from the Spirit of British Columbia, just before a lovely Sunday evening sail from Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island to Tsawwassen & Vancouver.

Swartz Bay BC ferry Mount Baker



Earlier that morning between the Gulf Islands on our  way to Victoria. Careful of your ears!



Hello sweet pea 🙂
Loved these sweet peas from my recent visit to Butchart Gardens.

sweet pea Butchart gardens June



Here’s some daffodils in the sky from Spring at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival….

daffodils sky Abbotsford tulip Festival



and some tulips in the sky.

Tulips in the Sky Abbotsford festival



Spanish lavender, anyone?
Taken during my long walk in Steveston, Canada!
spanish lavender steveston richmond bc



Here is some early Spring colour featuring these budding anemones from the gardens of Stanley Park in Vancouver.

Stanley Park garden anememe vancouver



From my hike to Slollicum Peak above Harrison Lake, Canada, the view from the first lookout.

Slollicum Peak lookout harrison lake canada



I’ve never seen this many Glacier Lillies before…
On the way to Slollicum Peak.



Always enjoy visiting the rose garden at Stanley Park.

roses pink stanley park gardens



rose garden Stanley Park Vancouver



Starting to turn…
This tulip was a little past its peak bloom but I still loved the colours. Taken earlier this past Spring at VanDusen Botanical Garden.

tulip garden Van Dusen garden



A lot of Spring brightness…
Tulip gardens, this past Spring, at the Butchart Gardens.

tulips Butchart Gardens victoria April



Focus on a rebel…
A rebel tulip, at least. Taken at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

tulips white pink Abbotsford Festival


Sunset over Vancouver taken from my balcony above Guildford in Surrey!

sunset skies clouds vancouver


Are you still with me? Thank you. Wishing you all the best for a wonderful August. 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.


4 responses to Roses, Mountains and Hello Summer, June Photos

  1. Superfantabulous! Thanks.

  2. Sigh. Such loveliness! Thanks for the virtual escape from Southern California’s scorching August temperatures and predominantly parched chaparral. Your images are such a contrast to the shades of brown that surround me, I am compelled to wonder if we really live on the same planet!

    • Thanks Nicole for your comment. Sore for the late reply. It was odd this year in Vancouver. We had a rather wet and cool June and July but a very warm August. At least a couple of weeks in August. I have visited SoCal in the Summer and it is much warmer than I am used to. I have lived in the semi arid area of Southern British Columbia and that was warm enough for me. Still, I am envious of your Winters. I’m glad you enjoy the photos. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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