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Friday, January 26, 2018

Butchart Gardens and Beaches





This is the week in photos, above is French Beach where we had a wonderful day and ....

wonderful weather after all those storms.

 Sky Watch

It was unusually warm and there was no wind. The tide was low enough to walk a bit, but a warning to those who go there as the large rocks on the shore make for slow walking at high tide.


French Beach has many different areas to explore, even a nice walk way and a trail along the beach. The storm had thrown up huge logs on the trail but the park is very well taken care of and the trail will be fixed.

 Black and White

Here is one of the signs about the Gray Whale and showing other sea life that can be found here. French Beach is only a short drive from Sooke, B.C.


Then on the way home we stopped at Whiffin Spit in Sooke, B.C.


It was also warm and sunny there but the storms had pushed a lot of logs and kelp up onto the path but it was still ok to walk on. They will come with a truck and fix it. I am trying out my new second hand camera and I see that I tilt to the right on my horizons so will have to put the tilt thing on the screen or fix it in edit. I gave Ron my other camera so he will get some amazing shots now.

 Weekend Reflections
 Black and White

We did not get the Tsunami last week thank goodness!


Also this week we went to see the Spring Prelude at the Butchart Gardens! It was the most amazing thing to see on this rainy day!  Rooms full of flowers and streams and water fountains and orchids. The smell of the flowers was divine. I am so thankful that I can experience this little bit of heaven and want to thank all those gardeners who put so much work into this family owned garden.


 Pink Saturday
 Floral Friday

At the Butchart Gardens they also have the Historical Display inside the main house that the family lived in.  The curator told us that the family still come and use some of the rooms to have tea in. He said many of the family still live in our area. There was some beautiful wax artwork in one of the rooms made by the owner.


 This is a old photo of the same sun room that I took photos of above there, pretty much restored to the same era.
 Weekend in Black and White
 Saturday's Critters
Bird D'Pot Sunday

Then at the end of the week we found a Common Merganser on a pond nearby and at Swan Lake a little Towhee showed no fear of me on this uncropped photo as he came up to my feet.  Nature is such a wonderful and precious thing.  I am forever grateful for the gifts nature has given to me over so many years. No matter who you are, or how sad you are or even if you  have nothing, nature is always there for you.

On Facebook you can see my Island Rambles Page where I post frequently. I post videos frequently on my Island Rambles YouTube Channel also. You can find me on Twitter here.

Today I am linking to:
Sky Watch Friday
Floral Friday Fotos
The Weekend in Black White
Weekend Reflections
Saturday's Critters
Pink Saturday
The Bird D'Pot

Thanks so much to the hosts.

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND BLOGGERS AND BIRDERS.




20 comments:

  1. You can see whales?? How amazing is that!

    I find it inspiring somehow that storms throw things, logs particularly. Big things can be moved by something we cannot see. In this case, the wind.

    Also...Love the tulips!

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  2. Fascinating set of pictures.

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  3. Impressive images! Your black and whites are stop-and-stare-stunning!

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  4. Beautiful post. The area where you take photos is absolutely gorgeous. The mention of Butchart Gardens and the preview tell me Spring is close by. Yeah! Have an awesome weekend.

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  5. Such lovely scenes!

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  6. I agree with you about Nature! Love the light through the trees, and the reflections in the water.

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  7. Those are some lovely images and the Pink Tulips are beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)

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  8. The Spring Prelude must be fantastic...

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  9. Hello, I just love your beautiful beach photos. The views of the water is lovely. Pretty scenes and flowers from the gardens. The Towhee is a pretty bird. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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  10. A wonderful post full of beautiful images!
    I especially like the weekend reflections one with the blue sky and fluffy white clouds
    Hope you are having a great weekend!

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  11. We love Whiffen Spit, such a lovely place for a walk.

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  12. I am so jealous of the towhee! I've seen one in the wild...& no camera!

    Great photos, and as always I send along my thanks for sharing with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  13. Beautiful photos, I love the flower photos, such bright colors.

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  14. Oh such beauty - loved all the photos. What a wonderful visit to the gardens.

    I'm back from my blog break - and working on getting a more regular routine of blogging again - and finally getting around to catching up on blog reading.

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  15. Healing wonderful rambles!

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  16. Lovely shots, Nora. Those full-blown tulips are stunning!
    Thank you for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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  17. I love the clouds reflected on the water! I also see some other excellent reflections. Super post!

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  18. The black and white trees look like they're on the move.

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  19. Thanks so much for these lovely comments. I will reply on each of your blogs as time permits. I appreciate your comments so much.

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