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Let's Visit Beautiful Butchart Gardens, Victoria B.C.

Monday, October 03, 2011

One of the highlights of our recent trip was our first-time ever trip to the Butchart Gardens. This place is a delight to see and experience. Flowers, flowers everywhere. Lots of different trees, bushes and plants with different textures, shapes add to the tapestry. The Butchart Gardens started as a limestone quarry. Jenny Butchart decided she wanted to create a garden in the quarry. So, she had rich topsoil brought in from the surrounding area using horses and carts. There are even photos there of Jenny in a bosun's chair being lowered down a cliff in order to plant moss and ferns on the cliff face. Amazing. Butchart Gardens is still owned by the family and they plant over 1,000,000 bedding plants every year. This means that there are flowers and blooms everywhere most months of the year. My partner and I would like to go back in other seasons to see how the tapestry changes. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did seeing the gardens.

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ANATASHIKI 10/4/2011 4:16PM

    emoticon emoticon beautiful!

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REXTINE1 10/3/2011 7:51PM

    We were out on the Olympic Peninsula several times for a few weeks, and intended to take the ferry from Port Angles to Victoria, but never did. From your pictures I get the impression that we made a big mistake. The pictures are very attractive. Thanks.

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HOLDINGMYOWN 10/3/2011 3:08PM

    Hubby and I visited these gardens last summer when we were in BC~ they are marvellous and I love the storey of how the garden got it's start! Leave it to a woman eh?

We were there the night they had fireworks and stayed to see them as well~ absolutely breathtaking and fun to watch with all the music and the picnic we had on the blanket on the hill as we watched them!

One of our most memorable times during our trip across Canada last summer!

thanks for sharing your pictures~ so lovely to see without going back to look up my own~lol

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POLK-A-DOTS 10/3/2011 6:54AM

    Gorgeous...prettier then I remember! I do need to make another visit there! Thanks for sharing!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 10/3/2011 12:16AM

    That is so beautiful. I've known others who have been there and loved it as well. I'm glad you got to go.

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Photos from the Wildlife Recovery Center, Errington, B.C.

Friday, September 30, 2011

They do incredible things to help wild, injured birds to heal. Many, many are rehabilitated and are released back to their wild, free lives. Some soldier on in place and are well cared for by the caring staff and volunteers.

Tudi, the Raven and the Black Bear!

The Wildlife Recovery Center has an internationally recognized program to raise and release to the wild orphaned Black Bear Cubs. They do so without unnecessary human contact. Most of the cub's mothers were shot leaving the cubs on their own, too young to fend for themselves. The Recovery Center has raised and rehabilitated 40 cubs that were released back to the wilderness on Vancouver Island. 38 of the bears are still in the wild and, because of the program they have used here, none of the bears have tried to interact with people or neighborhoods. They have not become nuisance bears who are comfortable in the presence of people. The Center tracks the bears using GPS.

Here's a copy of a picture from the center showing an orphan cub getting a bath.

Beautiful, intense Sandor, an eagle with a badly broken wing. Unfortunately, he won't be able to be released to the wild. The staff and volunteers do good things for the animals that can't live their "wild" lives.

Visit this place in person if you can. If not, check out their great website: http://www.niwra.org/

or Google North Island Wildlife Recovery Association (Errington, B.C.)

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LILBITWANNABE 10/2/2011 12:34PM

    Aww that bear is adorable!

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REXTINE1 10/1/2011 3:28PM

    That eagle looks like a predator. He has an "eagle eye." (Sorry)

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SHORT_KAKE 10/1/2011 2:48PM

    Great pictures!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/1/2011 10:23AM

    Great pictures - you look fantastic!

Love your Bee Shirt!

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ANATASHIKI 10/1/2011 3:40AM

    aww, I love that eagle ! emoticon

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FITANDFIFTY2 10/1/2011 2:24AM

    I absolutely appreciate all these wildlife recovery Centers Provide. I have taken injured birds, baby bunnies, ect to the local one in our area, and they do such amazing things to enable these wildlife to live!! So very awesome! Thank you for the great pics!

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SUNNYARIZONA 10/1/2011 1:40AM

    Oh that is really neat!

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SLS-NY2IN 9/30/2011 9:36PM

    Nice pictures and looks like a nice place to visit. IN, is quite a ways a way for a weekend tour. lol

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More from Victoria BC Butterfly Gardens...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Beautiful, amazing patterns...

If you ever get up to Vancouver Island...Enjoy this special place!

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ANATASHIKI 9/27/2011 6:30PM

    they look beautiful , thank you! emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 9/27/2011 6:20PM

    The Butterfly Gardens in BC are a favorite of mine too.

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REXTINE1 9/27/2011 5:12PM

    Our son goes crazy for butterfly gardens - we had to drag him away from one down here, and he took us to one in the north, too. Your picutres are fabulous!

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More from Victoria B.C. Butterfly Gardens...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

This is the Atlas Moth. According to signage at the center, "this spectacular moth is the world's largest in overall size with a wingspan up to 30 cm (12")."

Notice the tips of the moth's wings? They have a shape and pattern that looks like a snake's head. This is a protective factor from predators. Also, the adult moths only live for 3 to 5 days. They only live long enough to mate and lay eggs.

"The Atlas Moth can remain in the cocoon for several years and emerge when climatic conditions are ideal."

Pretty remarkable and flexible creature. Beautiful to see.

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GRAMMACATHY 9/27/2011 6:19PM

    You brought back memories of a wonderful trip to Victoria. The butterfly gardens were my favorite too. I love how they landed on you or the camera you were holding. They are just like beautiful flying flowers.

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REXTINE1 9/26/2011 3:23PM

    Fantastic picture, and great information (to me). You had a great vacation.

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SHORT_KAKE 9/26/2011 12:51PM

    Ohh, how fascinating, thanks for sharing this photo!
I'm glad you had a nice vacation and I'm glad you're back, here.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/26/2011 11:33AM

    Difficult to imagine a 12" moth! It really is pretty!

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MACMOM57 9/26/2011 7:11AM

    I love going to the butterfly gardens. Thanks for sharing the great photo.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 9/26/2011 12:29AM

    There are several animals that can delay gestation or hatching while waiting for ideal conditions. Isn't is miraculous? I love the picture. He is a beautiful creature.

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Just a quick note...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I'm back from a great vacation...I'll be sharing some photos and some verbal vignettes of my travels. Here is a photo from the Victoria B.C. Butterfly Gardens:

Wow...it was so beautiful there. So unexpected. More to come. Have a great weekend.

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REXTINE1 9/25/2011 5:52PM

    Thanks. I'll be watching.

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LAURIETAIT 9/25/2011 4:35PM

    Beautiful picture. Looking forward to seeing the rest. Love your wallpaper too!

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    breathtakingly beautiful!

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