It was over forty years…

…since I first heard of Butchart Gardens.

The wait was well worth it.



The floral displays were…

…simply gorgeous…



…and all parts…



…of the gardens…

…were immaculately cared for.


Ryan-Weekly-PC-70:   Floral






Some of…

…my images…



…Butchart Gardens…


…Vancouver Island…

…British Columbia,



SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Fantastic-Florals




My favourite places.

Locally it has to be Griffin Gully Pier

over looking Geelong’s

Corio Bay.

I missed out on visiting Butchart Gardens in 1976.

The wait was long but certainly worth it

when we visited in 2018.


Accommodation during my 1976 visit to Banff

consisted of a sleeping bag and a small tent.

Forty-two years later and a lot more comfort

and more memories


SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Favourite-Places




The best I could do for…

…the Up Close…

…and Personal Challenge.

An appropriate…


…colour for…



…a St Patrick’s Day…


…post.  😊


My favourite.


Just read your post Terri and realised

there was a reason why you chose ‘green’ 😄


SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Up-Close-Personal-to-Green



I may be stretching the terms

doors and doorways this week.

Still in Canada’s

Vancouver Island.

Still in the Butchart Gardens,

this first image is a doorway leads us to

the Japanese Garden.


The gateway between old and new

Chemainus (presumably).


Finally, a fair dinkum doorway

taken from our horse and carriage

ride around Victoria.





Water images from


Vancouver Island


The Ross Fountain in the Butchart Gardens.

It reminded me of a mini version of

the Dubai Mall Fountain

Victoria Harbour….

…just on…


…night fall.


I didn’t think of it at the time, however…

….I really wish I had taken a ride

on the H2O Taxi…just for fun.






a long wandering and eventful journey

I am inclined to suggest that any journey

originating in Australia and visiting

the northern hemisphere

could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.

Last year’s travel to Canada took us about

16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island

to the start of our Canadian/Alaskan adventure.Falling snow on the Columbia Ice-field was

an event we had not counted on.

Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.

Followed by the Red Carpet treatment

when boarding our

Rocky Mountaineer

Gold Leaf Carriage.




Our Final day, not included in the tour,

was a visit to Wiseman,

a very small township

inside the Arctic Circle.


Word of the Day Challenge:  Odyssey







above the level of the head; in the sky.


Two photos which are both

14 hour flights from Australia.

African Hawk-Eagle soars above me

in Kruger National Park.


From Butchart Gardens.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge-Gardens



During our travels of the past twelve months

we were fortunate to visit several gorgeous gardens.

Butchart Gardens, Schönbrunn Palace, Versailles Palace

and finally Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand.

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Versailles Palace

Geelong Botanic Gardens

Geelong Botanic Gardens

Geelong Botanic Gardens

Geelong Botanic Gardens

Geelong Botanic Gardens

The Gardens which I really wanted to visit were

The Butchart Gardens on Canada’s Vancouver Island.

We were so pleased that we arrived a day or two early.

This gave us time to look around Victoria

prior to our tour commencing.

Because of this we spent much more time exploring

Butchart the our tour had allocated.

We were just finishing a walk through the Sunken Gardens

when were were scheduled to leave.

Public transport took us back to Victoria

and we both would recommend this to anyone visiting

Victoria and Butchart Gardens.

Hamilton Gardens,

New Zealand.

Hamilton Gardens,

New Zealand.

Hamilton Gardens,

New Zealand.

Hamilton Gardens,

New Zealand.







1. a mythical monster like a giant reptile.

2. another term for flying lizard.



Dragon Fly

Dragon Fountain in Butchart Gardens…

…on Vancouver Island,

British Columbia,


Finally, Geelong Gardens

provides a Dragon Tree.


Word of the Day Challenge:   Dragon