Butchart Gardens – Victoria, BC, Canada 7/30/2013

JULY 30, 2013 (Tuesday)

Today was all about Butchart Gardens. We got there around 1 PM and walked, looked, and took pictures of everything we could.

Entrance Sign

Entrance Sign

Canadian Flags over the entrance.

Canadian Flags over the entrance.

We debated whether we should get an annual pass and decided against it.

The old rock quarry.

The old rock quarry.

So very beautiful.

So very beautiful.

Hanging gardens section.  Every basket exploding with color.

Hanging gardens section. Every basket exploding with color.

 

There are many water features at Butchart Gardens.

There are many water features at Butchart Gardens.

 

Grumpy old man hand dictating direction of travel.

Grumpy old man hand dictating direction of travel.

We do love Butchart Gardens but it was so crowded we didn’t like the thought of fighting the crowds again, even as lovely as it is. We saw more than we saw when we were here a few years ago on a cruise excursion.

Edie's penchant.

Edie’s penchant.

From the platform in the center.

From the platform in the center.

Edie's penchant

Edie’s penchant

Pond.  The water in the bottom of the quarry is up to 40 feet in some places.

Pond. The water in the bottom of the quarry is up to 40 feet in some places.

 

Multiple pools.

Multiple pools.

 

Ross fountains

Ross fountains

 

Ross fountain for a second time.

Ross fountain for a second time.

Topiary birds.

Topiary birds.

Topiary Elk

Topiary Elk

Topiary Bears.

Topiary Bears.

So many views.

So many views.

Topiary Dragon Flyes

Topiary Dragon Flyes

Homage to the insects, topiary bees.

Homage to the insects, topiary bees.

Totem poles.

Totem poles.

 

Fountain

Fountain

 

Exit to Japanese garden section.

Exit to Japanese garden section.

Pretty woman loitering on a bridge.

Pretty woman loitering on a bridge.

A bamboo teeter totter that fills with water and dumps, rocking back and forth.

A bamboo teeter totter that fills with water and dumps, rocking back and forth.

Mossy Japanese Lantern

Mossy Japanese Lantern

Stone lantern.

Stone lantern.

 

Italian garden.

Italian garden.

Italian section.

Italian section.

Edie really liked the Italian section.

Edie really liked the Italian section.

Edie's penchant.

Edie’s penchant.

Edie's.....

Edie’s…..

I really like the combinations of color they use here.

I really like the combinations of color they use here.

 

Lucky boar nose?  We didn't rub it.

Lucky boar nose? We didn’t rub it.

Great chess set.

Great chess set.

Pretty woman pretending to photograph flowers but really photographing me.  I think she wants me!

Pretty woman pretending to photograph flowers but really photographing me. I think she wants me!

After Butchart, we took a lovely drive back through Cordova Bay and another large park area called Mt Douglas. Lovely. I could live here. I wonder what it’s like during the winter. 

Cordoba Bay View.

Cordoba Bay View.

We got back and our deer friend from yesterday was here. We were afraid it had brought it’s attorney to file charges. Turns out it was just hungry and was eating the vegetable plants on the side yard. Fun.

Edie is convinced that this is the deer that yesterday tried to commit suicide by jumping out of the bushes onto the side of our car.  She thinks it is sauntering with a limp!

Edie is convinced that this is the deer that yesterday tried to commit suicide by jumping out of the bushes onto the side of our car. She thinks it is sauntering with a limp!

Our landlord's backyard.

Our landlord’s backyard.

We’re talking about and planning a far North trip to Port Hardy. I’m excited. I’m hopeful we’ll get to see bear and eagles. For dinner it’s all about one of the salads we got at Costco on Sunday. 

Hope your day was great!

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2 comments on “Butchart Gardens – Victoria, BC, Canada 7/30/2013
  1. Tina S (from Tug) says:

    Great pictures..

  2. mkeller7281 says:

    Thanks Tina. We are starting to struggle with a camera issue right now. Think we will upgrade soon.
    Mike