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As Winter dragged on, there was a time I wondered if we would ever see Spring on the West Coast of Canada. Luckily, toward the middle of the March, the signs were there, about a month late. Seeing the first crocuses brought tears to my eyes and if they were’t so tiny and delicate, I would have given them a hug. You’ll see some crocuses here so please join me on a selection of my photos and videos posted to social media in March.

 

I was really happy to find some Spring colour…
An impressive show of Cherry blossoms in Ladner, 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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One of the most breathtaking experiences that I have had was visiting The Butchart Gardens in the Springtime. The grounds were immaculate and the flowers planted by gardeners experienced with presenting true beauty.  2016 was my first year with a Butchart Gardens membership and it was the first time that I visited in the Spring. With Spring of 2017 delayed on the West Coast, and while I recover from a little operation, I wanted to finally publish this post. Please join me as I look back to my visits from last Spring to The Butchart Gardens.

The Butchart Gardens are located in Brentwood Bay near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and are a 1.5 hour ferry sail and short drive from Vancouver. The gardens were established by Robert and Jennie Butchart and have been in existence for over 110 years. The Butchart family owned a quarry on the grounds and when the limestone was exhausted, they embarked on turning the site into what is now known as the Sunken Garden. The Japanese Garden predated the Sunken Garden and over the years, much of their property was turned into various gardens under the guidance of Jennie Butchart. The gardens were named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 and currently have about one million yearly visitors from all over the World.

This is a long post but I could have easily added another 30 photos. Let’s get started. What do you think of this scene from the Italian Garden? We’ll get there very soon.

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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’m posting a few days after Christmas and I hope you all are having a safe and very happy holiday season. For those of you with a week off between Christmas and New Year’s Day, lucky you. I hope you can relax and have fun. Now, please join me on my photos posted to social media in the past week.

 

A peaceful scene…
near Abbotsford in the Fraser Valley of Canada, Springtime!

Abbotsford Fraser Valley Red Barn

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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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Most of the photos this week are from my many visits to Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. Located a short drive from my home, I try to visit the park a few times per month. In the Spring, I’ll visit even more as the gardens come alive with beautiful colours of tulips, daffodils, rhododendrons, magnolias, and cherry blossoms, among other flowers. I’m very lucky to live so close. Now, please join me on my new post with my photos shared to social media in the past week.

 

I’m glad this Canada Goose took a moment to pose for me in front of the daffodils and hyacinths earlier this year in the gardens of Stanley Park.

Canada Goose Stanley Park 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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When I first started these weekly posts, my goal was to publish by Monday. Then it went to Tuesday, Wednesday, and now, Thursday. I hope to post earlier next week, as well as publishing a new blog post. In the meantime, please join me on my photos of the week posted to social media.

 

A rainbow of colour at the Tulips of the Valley Festival, east of Vancouver, Canada, this past Spring!

tulips of the valley festival fields

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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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My highlight for the week was not a walk or a hike, but attending the Jason Aldean, Cole Swindell, and Tyler Farr concert in Vancouver, and sitting close to the stage. I took some cool video but better not post any here so there are no copyright issues. Instead, please enjoy my photos posted to social media in the past week.

 

Hello pinkish dahlia… 😄
not sure what kind you are but I wish I knew. Taken recently in someone’s front yard in Vancouver, Canada.

Dahlia pink yellow Vancouver

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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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