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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 3: Macro and More! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 3: Macro and More! (+10 insets)
Trip Talk: Eavesdropping and Fun Conversation at Butchart Gardens

While Steve and I were enjoying our day at Butchart, I noticed a young girl concentrating on aiming her phone camera at a flower. Next to her was an older man and I heard her say, "Oh, look at this one!" The older man, I guess her grandfather, was watching with a smile on his face. "That's a beauty!" The girl replied, "Do you think mom and dad are going to be worrying about us?" Leaning into a flower for his own picture, he answered, "No, they knew what would happen if both of us went off with our cameras, there's only one Butchart Gardens!" I had to laugh as I meandered on…they got that right!

While Steve and I were stumbling around in the Sunken Garden, Steve saw a couple taking pictures of each other. Whenever he sees this, he walks right up and offers to take the couple's portrait, and this pair was very happy that he offered. Steve gave them modeling cues and made a joke to get them to laugh for their photo. I was focusing on the imageI was taking but couldn't help overhearing their snickering and the happy chatter from the couple. We wandered down the path together and talked about the park and pictures until parting company at some point. Later on we ran into them again and it was fun to say hello. What an amazing place to be.

Today's Pictures

I had a really hard time choosing which picture should be my main one--they are all such a bunch of screaming divas! I finally just closed my eyes and picked at random. It turned out to be another Candy-Striped Gazania, this one in yellow and red with a very shallow dof. The enormous patch of gazanias we found threatened to shackle me to the spot…I just couldn't get enough of these ridiculously colorful flowers! (I've included an inset of the other gazania picture I shared)

Inset 1: a pair of purple-blue Lobelia against a sea of flowers transformed into colorful bokeh

Inset 2: a brilliant orange and red Marigold in front of many others

Inset 3: a perfectly pink Impatien

Inset 4: an ornate coral and white Impatien with a group of back-up beauties

Inset 5: a hot-pink Impatien in a pack of others

Inset 6: here's a punch-drunk honey bee crawling around on Lantana…there were so many insects enjoying the bounty offered by the Garden's millions of flowers!

Inset 7: another glowing abstract of a Canna leaf

Inset 8: more lovely curls from the succulent I saw when entering the park

Inset 9: a carpet of colorful Coleus

Inset 10: a human-sized chess set! I enjoyed watching this boy heft pieces around on the board. Apparently one of the pieces wasn't there judging by the sign, "We apologize for the missing chess piece. It is currently being repaired."

Pam, have you ever tried growing flowers like gazanias? I'd like to at some point but won't bother until we can have a garden in a cooler setting and without critters I have to fight with! I hope you're having a good day. It's rainy and cold here today, not lovely like Butcharts!

Explored on 10/04/19; highest placement #11.

Treasa Ui Cionaodha, , niraK68, micritter and 51 other people have particularly liked this photo

39 comments - The latest ones
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
2 years ago.
grobi358 club
Very impressive and colourfull walk Janet! I love the PiP 8 with the curls!
2 years ago.
 Frank J Casella
Frank J Casella
Superb photography Janet!
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Stunning colours, lovely details and wonderful flowers Janet
2 years ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
avec ces notes , c' est trop beau janet !!
2 years ago.
Reyk club
Farbliche Gestaltung und Umsetzung, einfach traumhaft.
2 years ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
Klasse serie,,janet maar de Achtste is een wonder(de 8 Pip)
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Phenomenal shot and PIPs!

Admired in:
2 years ago.
Superbes !!
2 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
2 years ago.
 Ronald Losure
Ronald Losure club
Beautiful series, Janet. And a wonderful story about the couple.
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club



2 years ago.
Esther club
You have really captured the beauty of this garden. I would so love to visit it.
2 years ago.
 Horizon 36
Horizon 36 club
WOW amazing macro, well captured Janet, nice story too.
2 years ago.
Chrissy club
Janet, das sind jede Menge gute Laune Fotos <3
2 years ago.
 Beatrice Degan(MARS)
Beatrice Degan(MARS) club
Splendid series of marvellous flowers so finely caught and composed, Janet !
2 years ago.
Kawasirius club
De superbes macros florales avec des détails très fins ! J'aime le dernier encart avec le jeu d'échec !
HFF, Janet !
2 years ago.
A very fine collection! I can imagine Pip 8 very well in monochrome
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
beautiful floral close-up; stunning colours.
Congrats on Explore.
2 years ago.
neira-Dan club
superbe série de fleurs avec des bokeh magnifiques
2 years ago.
tiabunna club
Another marvellous colourful set of images, Janet, with the boy giving scale to the chess set. Many thanks for your very generous comments on my Milky Way Bow, the main "needs" are a good tripod, a wide lens and a fairly dark site. Re Lantana, the problem is that it's not native but has gone feral in bushland here.
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
All beautiful captures Janet. That chess board looks great ;-)
◦•●◉✿ Have a great weekend✿◉●•◦
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
very beautiful compo and clever focus !!!
happy WE !
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club

Please post your superb photo in the Admin. Choice Photos thread at Amazing Details.
2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Another wonderful series, Janet ! Wish you a very nice weekend !
2 years ago.
Annemarie club
wonderful all
happy weekend:)
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Janet, once again I'm running out of superlatives to describe your photos...........they're all just fantabulous..!!

The main image is just perfect...............and immediately recognisable as your "style" of razor-thin depth of field and gorgeous bokeh.

I can't possibly pick a fave but a couple caught my eye more than the others - the glowing Canna leaf and the curly-edged succulent..........both amazing!

A fascinating narrative as always...........I love that Steve went out of his way to take the couple's photo..........what a nice thing to do!

Keep 'em coming!
2 years ago.
niraK68 club
lots of very beautiful flower shots Janet
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful PiP's - Have a nice weekend Janet.
2 years ago.
cammino club
A wonderful flower collection!
2 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
What amazing pictures Janet. Mandi grows gazanias in her garden, in fact they seem to be everywhere in Turkey. Even Lantanas - apparently they deter mozzies and other skin biting insects. I love the curls on the succulent leaf - they're beautiful. I am like Keith, I'm running out of superlatives to describe your photos. Every one is so gorgeous and of course I love all of them. I thought it was lovely of Steve offering to take pictures of the couple, it was so kind of him, because it meant they would always have pictures of themselves together at this beautiful garden. Also I had to laugh at the man and his granddaughter taking pictures, knowing her parents wouldn't worry because they had their cameras with them. Have a wonderful weekend the two of you. It's gone quite cold here and apparently we are receiving the end of Hurricane Lorenzo, which had been over your country - you could have kept it - we wouldn't have minded!!!
2 years ago.
 Clyde Sostand
Clyde Sostand
2 years ago.
Valfal club
I can understand why you had such a difficult time choosing one image out of that lot; they are all beautiful!! Once again, thanks for sharing a bit of your vacation with us, Janet. :-))
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
very, very, very nice, excellent!!!!
2 years ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
These red and yellow flowers are so beautiful. The insets are great too. Especially I like the insets 1, 2, 5 and 8. The curls in inset 8 are so funny.
2 years ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Très belles fleurs ( les ajouts sont très beaux aussi !!!! la nature est belle quand on sait la regarder !!!! )
2 years ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
I can only say wonderful pictures yet again Janet. So beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
What a wonderful place with so much beauty! Great captures!!
2 years ago.
 Treasa Ui Cionaodha
Treasa Ui Cionaodha club
Outstanding capture of this Zaxina. Great series of PIPs. Well done Janet Regards Tess.
2 years ago.

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