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I don’t remember a recent Summer on the West Coast of Canada as unsettled as the one of 2016. Well, the Autumn didn’t start off much better but we were lucky to get the odd day or even stretch of sunny weather. I took advantage of the more pleasant days with walks, short hikes, and visits to various gardens. If you like dahlias, there are many on this post, as I visited the gardens of Ferncliff on three occasions. These are my photos of the week posted to social media in September.

 

A whole lot of Summer colour and a touch of Autumn too…
Dahlia garden at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, Canada.

dahlia-field-ferncliff-garden-mission

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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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One of my highlights from last Summer was witnessing the Monarch butterfly release at Krause Berry Farms in Langley, Canada, just east of Vancouver. I have seen and appreciate butterflies in the wild but this event was certainly different. While the range of the Monarchs includes Southern Canada, I have never seen one outside of an enclosed sanctuary. For photo enthusiasts, such as myself, who enjoy flowers and butterflies, the butterfly release was a perfect opportunity on what was a beautiful Summer’s day in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.

During the event, participants make donations to a sponsored local charity and then release a Monarch butterfly into the garden of Krause Berry Farms. These butterflies don’t necessarily fly away but linger amongst the flowers…

Two of my favourites… a butterfly and a Tiger Lily.

tiger lily monarch butterfly

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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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I can’t believe it’s the end of September. I also can’t believe I’m so late with this post. Enough said! These are my photos of the week!

 

This scene of Autumn courtesy of Whistler, Canada during a previous year’s visit on a beautiful October’s day!

Whistler canada Autumn leaves

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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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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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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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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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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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