Thursday, August 26, 2010

Butchart Gardens Tour Final Day

The Italian Garden as seen from
the Rose Garden.






(Below)
Looking across the pool up into
the Rose Garden.


Above ~ The Star Fountain





A shock of happy colors in a pot.
The sun is setting in the garden.

The Sturgeon Fountain

In the cool depths of a dark shadowy pool
of The Japanese Garden.

I have heard that these bridges are not
made in a straight line so that
evil spirits cannot follow! :~O


My favorite of all the vignettes in the Japanese Garden~
The Boar Scarer!
As the water fills the bamboo from above
it suddenly slaps down on the rock with a
loud smack! thus scaring the boar (I like to think deer!)
away! I really need one of these!


A little stream trickling merrily through the deep
shade of the woods.

Leaving the Japanese Garden.

A couple of shots of the glassed in "Picture Window".

Lush tropical beauty!





The swiftly moving water wheel as we
exit the Butchart Gardens!
~*~
We caught our bus for a ride back to
downtown Victoria and an evening stroll
to our hotel.
The Empress at night!
(This was not our hotel, however!)



From across the street as bustling cars and pedestrians
enjoy the evening sights!

Or, you could take a horse drawn carriage!

The Parliament Buildings
from across the harbour.
~*~
The next day was spent strolling the shops,
enjoying a heavenly delight from
Rogers Chocolates,
a walk through China Town,
and spending the entire afternoon in
the Royal B.C. Museum.
There was so much to see and do
but the last boat home was about to
sail.
The Harbour in Victoria
as our ship departs!

The sun sets on our lovely time in Victoria B.C.
~*~
We did spend a couple of days camping in the back of
our *rig* aka our car once back in Washington, and taking in the sights of
the now famous town of Forks (because of Twilight, the movie.
Go figure!), and a lovely time in the Hoh Rain Forest.
Unfortunately, the battery went dead on my camera.
Alas ~ no pictures! :~{
We had a wonderful time away, the Gentleman Farmer and I,
but it is so good to come back.
There is no place like home!
~*~
"Then the Lord said to Jacob, 'return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives, and I will be with you."
Genesis 31:3

7 comments:

Nadine said...

Thank you for sharing all of your beautiful photos of the gardens...I have enjoyed viewing them! :)

Blessings!
~Nadine

Simply Heart And Home said...

Such beautiful pictures! I would love to spend the day in such lovely gardens. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us.

Gina

Becky said...

What a beautiful place, and a lovely tour ... thank you.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Your photos are awesome! Thanks so much for sharing them.
Annette

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Lady Farmer,

So many beautiful shots! Thank you for sharing something that otherwise I would never have known about.

I hope this week has been a lovely one for you.

Love,

Marqueta

Anna Olivia said...

The pond is especially gorgeous! ~*~ They should film a movie here. ;)

Mrs. Doug said...

What beautiful gardens. Canada has such beautiful landscaping. We lived near Niagara Falls when I was in high school and it was always such a treat to go Toronto and just walk through the wonderful gardens there.

Beautiful!
Thank you for sharing your pictures with us.