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May finally brought warm, sunny weather to Vancouver, and I, along with many other people, could finally get outside. From tulips festivals to gardens to short walks to long hikes, I took advantage after a Winter that never seemed to end. Now, please join me on a selection of photos posted to social media in May.

Under the blazing sun…
On the way to Elfin Lakes in Garibaldi Provincial Park, Canada on a beautiful Victoria Day.

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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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For a while, it didn’t look like Spring would ever arrive to the west coast of Canada. We’re not used to shovelling snow in early April, but that gradually gave way to more sunshine and warmer temperatures. Spring colour was about a month late, just like this post. Please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in April.

 

The magnolias were beautiful when I visited the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden in Vancouver, Canada. Along the walkway, and through the opening, you can see the Salish Sea.

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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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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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Snow and rain with the odd temptation of Springtime pretty much summarized February in Vancouver. Early Rhododendrons that sometimes started blooming in late January and the early Cherry Blossoms barley showed any buds. I didn’t want to emerge either as the snow fell right into March. Thankfully, I was able to get out a few times but it was good I had unpublished photos from the previous Spring and other seasons. These are my photos published to social media in February.

 

This was a lovely February day… Sunset at the pier in White Rock, 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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As we wait through an extended Winter on the West Coast of Canada, I wanted to finally publish a post from last Spring’s Abbotsford Tulip Festival. The festival is located about an hour’s drive east of Vancouver, just off of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Fraser Valley. 2016 was its inaugural season and the organizers and gardeners did a brilliant job with densely planted fields of many varieties of tulips. It rained on two of the three occasions that I visited but I didn’t mind. The tulips were beautiful and lush. I love taking photos of flowers with natural raindrops which is the theme here. Please join me on Tulips in the Rain at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

I don’t have the names for all the varieties of tulips but if you know of any that I missed, please leave a comment below.

I believe this pretty one is Miss Elegance.

tulip pink Abbotsford Festival

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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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