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Sweetest Place Ever to Get Married
June 14, 2016

In all of my previous visits to the Skagit Valley, I have never taken the time to stop at Christianson's Nursery (it's the donkeys to the west and the decrepit barn to the east, and the tulip and daffodil fields in between that have captured my attention).  I had stopped in at Roozengaarde, which advertises itself as a year-round garden, but it was underwhelming at this time of year, with a few perennials and widely-spaced, straggly-looking...

"Fence-iful" Flowers
June 13, 2016

I had an interview in the Vancouver area towards the end of May and wasn't going to go all that way for all work and no play, n ot with one of my favourite destinations less than an hour away! A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival.  In the past, I've enjoyed tulip-free places in the area and this trip confirmed that I love the Skagit Valley with or without tulips. Everyone seems to be a gardener.  Flowers are...

Spring Comes Softly
April 24, 2016

A few years ago, I decided to make an Earth Day tradition of looking for the first wildflowers of spring, crocuses.  One year, I could only find their fuzzy shoots tentatively breaking out of the soil on April 22.  This year, a friend posted a photo on March 13 and I found crocuses of my own two days later.  This year on Earth Day, only a petal remained here and there on the seedheads that look rather like Einstein's wild hairstyle. The beloved...

No More Brown and Grey, Please!
April 24, 2016

You would think I would be happy about a warm and early spring, but the reality is that with only a skiff (or two?) of snow since mid-January, my colour-loving soul has had to endure an awful lot of brown and grey.  To remedy that, last weekend, I prepared some more tulip photos from the Skagit Valley to sate my colour starvation. The leaves are now out on most trees and the dandelions are brightening the boulevards, but the grass is lagging behind...

Meeting the Queen
April 24, 2016

(of Maligne, that is). Just one more winter post, since it feels like February today for the first time since January, and I've really been wanting to share my "icewalk" experience at the bottom of Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park, Alberta in March (on my birthday, actually).  The icewalk is something I've been wanting to do for years, but the iffy weather on the high mountain Icefields Parkway has always dissuaded me from traveling to Jasper...

White and Blue
March 20, 2016

Hmmm...it's the first day of spring and I'm finally getting around to posting some winter photos!  I actually wrote much of this post in early January, and I'm not sure what great interruption distracted me for this long! For me, there are few things more exquisite than a landscape outlined in the pristine white of hoarfrost against a brilliant blue sky.  On Saturday, December 12, 2015, we had such a display.  I layered on the warm clothes and...

Light for Dark December II
December 23, 2015

December is a season of light for a many people: Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Light of the World Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, known as the Festival of Lights, which observes the lighting of the nine-candled menorah Hindus celebrate Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights, one of the largest and brightest festivals in Hinduism African-Americans honour their African heritage with Kwanzaa, including a kinara candle holder with...

Light for Dark December I
December 22, 2015

Last winter, instead of going carousing with the rest of my classmates on the evening after our first quarter final exams in the Environmental Science program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, I went to the Magic of Christmas light display at Butchart Gardens. I love when it is possible to shoot Christmas lights soon after sunset on a clear day, when the sky turns cobalt blue.  It was a cloudy day when I visited Butchart Gardens, so the...

South Beach Waves
December 6, 2015

One of my favourite beaches in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island is South Beach.  You start at the Kwisitis Visitor Centre on broad, sandy Wickaninnish Beach (the south end of Long Beach), walk past a totem pole honouring the local Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation, and glimpse the ocean through a thin veil of trees before walking up a shingle-covered ramp into the forest.  A brief boardwalk takes you to the top of a...

Night Sky Over Ranchero
December 6, 2015

One of the things I know about myself is that sometimes I can't see the forest for the trees.  Remember how I thought the abandoned vehicle in my last blog post didn't seem to be a Ranchero despite the pattern of the paint where the name badge used to be?  I was looking at the photos again and while I didn't make a picture of the car from the rear, images of the driver's and passenger's windows clearly show the car body dropping down behind...

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