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Monday, May 30, 2016

Umbrellas in the Rain

Rain Featuring Umbrellas: We finally have some rain!  I am happy to see the rain because.....
we need the rain for our gardens and to keep fire hazards low.  We decided to go to Butchart Gardens today.  Even in the rain it is so beautiful.  I am featuring umbrellas in almost all the photos as we are at the letter "U" for ABC Wednesday.  You can see my umbrella at the top of some of the photos also.  That line at the top of this photo below is part of the clear umbrella they give you at Butchart Gardens.

 ABC Wednesday
 Our World Tuesday
 Outdoors Wednesday

Tuesday's Treasures
The window at Butchart Gardens
 Blue Monday
Western Tiger Swallowtail at Weirs Beach
 Mellow Yellow Monday
Flowers at Playfair Park
Ruby Tuesday

Water World Wednesday
Weirs Beach
 Wednesday Waters
Young Eagle at Island View Beach
Black and White Wednesday
Eagle at Swan Lake

 Wild Bird Wednesday
Cowbirds at Island View Beach

 Nature Notes Tuesday
Anna's Hummingbird in Foxgloves

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Blue Monday Mellow Yellow Monday
Nature Notes Tuesday RubyTuesdayToo Tuesday's Treasures  Our World Tuesday    Wild Bird Wednesday ABC Wednesday  Outdoors Wednesday  Black and White Wednesday  Water World Wednesday  Wednesday Waters

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  1. Those gardens are magnificent. I wish there was something similar near where I live.

  2. Butchart Gardens are always lovely,but they look especially beautiful in the rain. Thanks again for sharing so many beautiful pictures.

  3. Your photos of the Butchart Gardens are lovely. I agree that the rain was welcomed especially since it's been warmer than usual. It really helps keep everything nice, green and blooming.

  4. Beautiful flowers! Yes, I love the rain too. Sadly our weather this week is supposed to get hot and dry...:(

  5. So many pretty shots. I love all the lushness of the foliage.

  6. Beautiful outdoor shots.

  7. Nora it ever I get to visit your part of the world, we would have to visit these gardns. I know you have featured them beore, however they are always a delight to see even in the rain. The shots at the beach are also ineresting especially sseeing the Eagle.

  8. The gardens look like a beautiful place to walk through. Lovely photos. You did a great job of getting the Humming Bird photos, they are such beautiful birds. This is the first time I've seen or even heard of Cowbirds, lovely.

    1. Hi Tony, Cowbirds are funny kind of birds. The female has figured out a way where she does not do any of the chick rearing, she is kind of a lazy or very smart mom. They put their egg in another birds nest and let the other bird, some other species, raise it up. The new chick hatches and is quite large so it sometimes kicks out the other chicks. I should look this up but I think some of this is correct.

  9. What a sensible idea to be able to borrow umbrellas.

  10. Those gardens are beautiful come rain or shine.We too were there in the rain but the umbrellas were not clear at that time and the gardens nowhere near as mature. Thank you for featuring them.

  11. Nora, thanks for sharing this wonderful collection of treasures. We have friends who live near Butchart Gardens, a place I would love to visit. Until then, thanks for the tour. I hope the you will stop by again soon.

  12. The umbrellas add a new twist to the garden settings. I like it.

  13. Hello, the rain is welcomed I am sure. Beautiful flowers and birds. I love the hummers. Have a happy day and week ahead!

  14. Lovely photos. I love the one of the Hummingbird all dug into the flower. Loved my stop over at your blog

  15. beautiful photos! i remember visiting butchart gardens when i was a kid...such a pretty place!

  16. One of my favorite things is Light houses. I live in the central part of the US and not light houses here. I vacation near the ocean when possible. I love photos taken in the rain. Good job.

  17. Anonymous11:18 am

    Hello Nora -am coming from Tue Treasures, which I also participate in - when I saw your link I couldn't remember whether I had given you a reminder or not for SEASONS.
    You can use of of these photos in this post (for SEASONS you don't need a specific photo or post, as long as it is during the season!)
    Luckily this is Tue, so you have enough time till Wednesday to add you photo (link if open till 7p. Pacific time). Great views of Spring here! The rain makes all the difference. Everything looks new and fresh:) Have a happy week!

    1. Thanks so much Jeannette. It takes some time to get a new meme going. I think yours is doing very well!

  18. Just love the umbrella pictures -- how beautiful the Gardens are even in the rain -- just stunning. I'm glad you are getting needed rain. I love all the flowers and birds and the hummingbird in the foxglove is absolutely stunning.

  19. Wow. Great photos. I love the plush greenery.

  20. Beautiful photos

  21. Beautiful Nora..we too need more rain here...Michelle

  22. Considering where we live, I felt weird hauling my umbrella out tonight to take the dog out! We've had such great weather lately!

    abcw team

  23. wonderful photo's of even more wonderful places, i would love to visit, rain or not

    Have a nice abcwednes-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  24. All those people happily walking around in the rain must be please to
    get out their Umbrella's and enjoy the much needed rain.
    I hope and pray that you get enough to keep the fires away.
    Great pictures of the gardens.
    Thanks for sharing them with us,
    Best wishes,
    ABCW team.

  25. lovely umbrellas! Plus your USUAL array.

  26. I just love the Hummingbird!

  27. Hello Nora, I am finally finding time to comment on more of my Blue Monday friends. We have been traveling and are in Houston, Texas where flooding from too much rain is a problem. We need to send more rain your way from Texas. Smile.

    Your photos are all beautiful and I have to say the hummingbird pics are my favorites. The Butchart Gardens Umbrella photo is beautiful and I would love to be there one day. You never know.

    Thank you for your sweet comment.

  28. Aren't hummingbirds amazing and wonderful?
    We also (in Ontario)need rain. We may get some on Sunday.
    The Butchart gardens look very fresh and alive in the rain

  29. Anonymous5:20 am

    it is interesting about the photo of the eagle, it depicts that he is the king...great capture

  30. Thanks so much for all these wonderful comments, I hope I am able to get to each of your blogs soon.

  31. Beautiful photos, love the blue butterfly :)
    Joy @ Books and Life

  32. Anonymous8:26 pm

    You live in a most beautiful place! Enjoyed seeing the sights. Lots of birds! I don't know if you're looking for any more blog memes to link to, but here's one for Wild Bird Wednesday: http://paying-ready-attention-gallery.blogspot.com/2016/06/wild-bird-wednesday-202-yellow-billed.html

  33. Anonymous8:27 pm

    Oops, I didn't see your notice about not including a link in the comment until after posting. I'm sorry.

  34. Thanks so much for all the kind comments here. I have gone to each of your sites to thank you. I really appreciate how many bloggers come to my site and leave me a nice note!


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