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Except for the smoke in early August, the Summer 2017 weather in Vancouver was perfect for getting outside. It was also the worst season for forest fires in British Columbia which proved devastating to the people affected, the environment, and economy. The heat lingered in Vancouver through Labour Day, but afterwards, fall was definitely in the air. After a postponement, I was able to visit the Canadian Rockies for three days of hiking and exploring in the beautiful Autumn landscape. You’ll see a few of those photos here and on upcoming posts. Now, please join me on a selection of my photos posted to social media in September.

 

Dahlia Raspberry Sky and a very happy bee, taken at Ferncliff Gardens in Mission, 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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With all the forest fires burning in the interior of British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest, for eleven days in early August, Vancouver became engulfed in thick, disgusting smoke. I have lived in Vancouver for most of my life and have never seen it so bad. Not even close! It was really sad to hear about people being evacuated and even losing their homes. Not that it was important in comparison but I had to change my Rockies trip to somewhere with clearer skies. You’ll see some of those photos here. Now, please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in August.

 

A pleasant surprise on the trail. Glad she wasn’t a bear 🙂
Resting doe in the Lake of the Woods Campground in Cathedral Provincial Park, south-central British Columbia, 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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The Summer solstice brought beautiful, sunny weather to Vancouver and much of the province of British Columbia. However, it didn’t take long to dry, and by mid July, many of the forests in the interior of the province were on fire. It was scary to hear about evacuations of large towns such as Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, along with numerous smaller locations. I even had to change my plans for my late July trip. I’ll get to that later but in the meantime, here is a selection of my photos posted to social media in July.

 

Roses in the sky at Tuscan Farm Gardens in Abbotsford, 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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Ahhh… Summer. I was so happy to see you. I thought you’d never show. Sunny weather brought more hiking, walking, and photo ops. The dry latter part of June also gave foresight to what would be a terrible fire season in the interior of British Columbia, Canada. I’ll get to that on my next post in July, but now, please join me with a selection of my photos posted to social media in June.

From an afternoon spent with flowers, butterflies, and birds.
This Swallowtail butterfly and Phlox at the gardens of Campbell Valley Regional Park in Langley, 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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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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