Sunsets, Roses and the Heart of Summer, August Photos

October 7, 2016 — Leave a comment
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August was a very busy month for me. I didn’t travel far but had a lot of fun with walks, hiking, road trips, and dinners. I was also excited to hear from my doctor that I can finally fly again after the apparent success from my ear operation. I’m still a little nervous but will be happy to get away somewhere soon. I know I’m very late with this post so let’s get started. This is a selection of my photos posted to social media during the month of August.

 

I never will forget this sunset from my sail through the Gulf Islands of British Columbia on B.C. Ferries Spirit of British Columbia.

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Monarch Butterflies and coneflower taken in July at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada.

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I haven’t posted any DSLR photos from my last trip to London. Here is one of my favourite scenes from the Queen Victoria Memorial Gardens facing Buckingham Palace.

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Roses and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria, Canada.

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Love the colours of this dahlia…
This is AC Paint, taken at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.

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Roses in the sky…
Early Summer in the rose garden at Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada.

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Beautiful sunset during an August evening walk along the Fraser River in Richmond, Canada.

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Summer brightness…
Monarch Butterfly and orange coneflower at Krause Berry Farms.

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Lavender and roses from the rose garden at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, earlier in the Summer.

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I was a little tired and sore but otherwise felt excellent after one of the steepest hikes I had ever been on. It was worth the effort though.
This is Wedgemont Lake in Garibaldi Provincial Park near Whistler, Canada.

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Beautiful cactus dahlia…
This is Weston Spanish Dancer, taken at Ferncliff Gardens.

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Dahlia Ferncliff Bliss.

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I’m not sure what the pink flowers are but I love the colours here from the gardens at Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, Canada.

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This is Hibiscus Monarch Butterfly 🙂 taken in the gardens of Krause Berry Farms.

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Sunset from my sail through the Gulf Islands of British Columbia on BC Ferries Spirit of British Columbia.

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From one of my visits earlier this Summer, pretty sweet peas from the Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

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What am I listening to?

Thanks for asking 🙂 Such a heartfelt song with beautiful and timely lyrics for me. This is Passenger and Let Her Go.

 

 

Beauty after the rain…
Earlier in the Summer at the poppy garden in Oak Meadow Park in Vancouver.

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Look at the eyes…
Thrilled to see this Monarch Butterfly looking back at me during one of my visits to Krause Berry Farms.

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How many Monarch Butterflies do you see?
I count 9 in this scene from Krause Berry Farms.

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Summer brightness…
Cosmos in the far end of VanDusen Botanical Garden in Vancouver. It was well-worth the extra walk.

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After the rain…
In the garden of Oak Meadow Park.

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Taking cover from the rain…
Bee hiding in this lovely rose at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Also from the rose garden at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Why not look back to Springtime and…
Daffodils in the sky at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

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Poppies and roses at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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I see something in the blue sky. What do you see?

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From my Instagram page, some of the amazing view from my Saturday hike above Twin Lakes to Mount Winchester in Washington State, U.S.A. Mount Baker is the prominent mountain.

 

The historic fire lookout.

 

Mount Larrabee is the prominent mountain.

 

Colours of Summer with dahlias and petunias.
From the gardens of…
well, it’s actually my patio 🙂

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Roses at Queen Elizabeth Park.

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Blazing sunset from Crescent Beach in Surrey, Canada.

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This is dahlia, Gloriosa, taken at Ferncliff Gardens.

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Ferncliff spice.

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From my perch above Guildford in Surrey, a couple of sunsets over Vancouver.

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My first visit in the heart of Summer to Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada.

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Glad to make it…
At the summit of Brandywine Mountain near Whistler, Canada.

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Wow, that was another long one. Thanks for sticking with me.  I’ll dedicate this post to the special someone who helped make my Summer special. Thank you all 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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