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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 5: Begonias, Hummingbirds and More! (+10 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 5: Begonias, Hummingbirds and More! (+10 insets)
Trip Talk: We Will Need Another RV…
So Steve Went to the Largest RV Show on the West Coast!

Steve and I are serious about going on the road full-time, but what that also means is that we need a better RV (Recreational Vehicle). We've learned so much since we got our RV and a critical point is that we have a "weekender", not a "full-timer" RV. Industry companies have several tiers for each of their models and they vary DRASTICALLY in quality. The businesses themselves are also vastly different in policy, quality, and customer support. From the frame to every last detail, a trailer can be a "low price-point" build that is utter and complete garbage (not that first-time shoppers would have the slightest clue!), all the way up to substantial and extremely high quality across the board. However, RV companies are notorious about hiding bad workmanship behind the shiny exterior. It may be hard to believe but spending more money does not mean you are guaranteed a better RV. Steve and I learned that even the most luxurious RV can be a total lemon because every single RV is hand-made by an industry starved for a workforce which is ultimately a hodge-podge of labor which ranges from literally "never-held-a-hammer" to wizened professional. In other words, each trailer must be scrupulously inspected from top to bottom and anyone who plans to get an RV seriously needs to do their homework before buying. Bottom line: these companies are all about making money and most don't care if they're putting out actual road hazards as long as they make bank. Buyer beware.

This being said, we found out about a 10-day RV show here on the West Coast and thought it would be the perfect opportunity for Steve to get some serious first-hand research done. The hope was to narrow down the choices and figure out which trailer(s) would be right for us as a full-time rig. We decided it made better sense for me to stay home with Steve giving me the important details, so this past Sunday he drove down to the show and on Monday he started his research.

The California RV Show was totally overwhelming! Over 1,000 RVs of all sizes, shapes, price-points, 37 dealers selling them, and bunches of other companies selling all things RV-related. You'll want to click on the link above if you want a tiny idea of what that crazy place is like. Let's just say that Steve's eyeballs have been rolling around in his head from the enormity of it all!

Steve went with a job at hand so he didn't look at anything that didn't fit in our criteria, and even still, it took him two whole days of looking, scrutinizing, hours of talking, and figuring out what made sense for us.

However, after all those long and exhausting hours of focused energy, Steve has been successful in his research! There are a couple of different models from a pair of companies which meet our needs and now it's just going to be a matter of time. Much needs to happen before we get a different RV but finally we have a real understanding of what's out there, which companies are total crap, and which are more trustworthy than others. Even though we have plenty of RV dealers around here, it's been amazing to see, first-hand, the offerings from just about every last RV company out there.

Yesterday Steve spent his last day at the show with his sister, who just recently bought a new (used) trailer to replace her old one. They had a great time looking around and checking out all of the fun trailers and options out there. And this evening Steve will be home! Hooray! :)

Today's Pictures

The begonia in my main image was part in one of the hanging baskets that we found in the main courtyard inside Butchart Gardens. So outrageously colorful, don't you think?! I think this is called "Glowing Embers" and certainly comes by the name perfectly! Until we came to this park, I had absolutely no idea that begonias came in so many varieties! They are truly remarkable flowers. :)

Inset 1: here's another glorious banana leaf. Just can't get enough of these beauties!

Inset 2: such a lucky shot of this bee in a purple haze!

Inset 3: this is another one of the hummingbird pictures that turned out well!

Inset 4: did anyone say, "breathtaking begonias"? Sheesh…what a bunch of divas. :D

Inset 5: I'm such a sucker for pond lilies! I believe this is Nymphaea 'Andreana'

Inset 6: another jaw-dropping begonia, this time in variegated red and white!

Inset 7: this golden echinacea was just one of dozens that glowed brilliantly in the sunlight!

Inset 8: I noticed movement when I was leaning in to take a picture and look what I found! This is a Northern Alligator Lizard! :D This species is also found in Oregon but I think the only kind on our property is the Southern Alligator Lizard.

Inset 9: a single lavender blossom against the bokeh of a pair of cream-colored zinnias!

Inset 10: a small army of lemon-colored marigolds looks out on a vista of beautiful flowers as far as they can see!

Pam, have you ever been to an RV show or a really huge RV lot? They are so overwhelming! When I was a kid my grandparents would take us kids to the San Francisco Sports and Boat Show every year and I remember going into every single RV and boat, pretending that I was picking out the exact one I would have as my own. What about you? Did you do that as a kid? I have to say…it's pretty exciting when it's for real! :) It's our plan to eventually end up on your doorstep with our new on-the-road home so you can see it for yourself! :) *sending all my love*

Explored on 10/10/19; highest placement #4.

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41 comments - The latest ones
Wow, these are wonderful red flowers and you're presenting them in a great way.
2 years ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Excellent . Nicole. HFF.
2 years ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Another wonderful series of images and interesting narrative Janet
2 years ago.
tiabunna club
A beautiful set of images, Janet, particularly the main one. I guess that, not surprisingly, the van industry seems the same over here as you describe. Our neighbours recently bought a new one and found they faced the same issues.
2 years ago.
 Peter Castell
Peter Castell club
A superb image with wonderful light and a lovely colour Janet
2 years ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
superbe janet !!
2 years ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
topper met pips
2 years ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Comme d'habitude,une merveille et un plaisir pour les yeux ...
Les Pips sont d'une beauté remarquable.
HFF. et Excellente fin de semaine.
2 years ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Amazing shots!

Admired in:
2 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club


2 years ago.
uwschu club
Wieder ein sehr schöner Ausflug in die Natur. Jetzt weiß ich endlich, woher die Hummingbird Gitarre ihren Namen bekommen hat.
Hummingbird Gibson
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Kawasirius club
Admirable photos et macros des merveilles de ce jardin botanique !
Pas facile le choix d'un VR dans les salons ! Je vous souhaite un bon choix !!!!
Bonne fin de semaine, Janet ! HFF !
2 years ago.
©UdoSm club
A beautifully series...
2 years ago.
sasithorn_s club
Remarkable series and PiPs, Janet! Such breathtakingly beautiful images!
2 years ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Wunderschöne Details sind das wieder, liebe Janet, und so vorbildlich erklärt! Ich streue Asche auf mein Haupt, weil ich bei meinen Vogel-Bildern so nachlässig war. Ich hab das jetzt nachgeholt. Bitte verzeihe mir!
Liebe Grüße,
2 years ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Beautiful light and colours.
Have a nice weekend.
2 years ago.
2 years ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
That's a wonderful composition, Janet ! Wish you a very nice day, my friend !
2 years ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Great as ever!
2 years ago.
neira-Dan club
magnifique !!
2 years ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Fabulous images again. No. 3 is my favourtie. How I wish we had humming birds over here!. That is a fantastic shot that deserves a reward.
2 years ago.
 * ઇઉ *
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A remarkable series, Janet!
Your search seems adventurous and you'll hopefully find the optimal RV.
Have a great weekend!
2 years ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
exquisite first one and superb series !!!
2 years ago.
Nora Caracci club
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Please post your superb photo in the Admin. Choice Photos thread at Amazing Details.
2 years ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, nice light and colours, lovely PiP's ----> Have a nice weekend Janet.
2 years ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
All beautiful images, Janet, and I especially like the selection of gorgeous flowers. My favourite of all is your super shot with the feeding hummingbird. Have a lovely weekend. :-)
2 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Good work.
◦•●◉✿ Have a great weekend✿◉●•◦
2 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
A perfect choice for your main image Janet..............it's absolutely stunning..!! I love all the images in the PiPs as well............it's just so difficult to describe how beautiful they all are!

The bee image is exquisite...........i love the detail and colours and the wonderful hazy bokeh. The echinacea image deserves a special mention........just your style and perfectly captured. I love the position of the in-focus flower, it's unusual but it works very well and also showcases the out-of-focus background very nicely.

A photographic tour-de-force..!!
2 years ago.
cammino club
What a brilliant colour! Beautiful series!
2 years ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
bad news....
but a wonderful set of flowers.
2 years ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh these flowers are just exceptional, Janet. The main begonia is gorgeous and I'm sure John would have appreciated having a tribute to him, being put on this super flower. Such a stunning colour too. I love begonias, and they come in so many wonderful colours. The picture of the bee is super, and the other pictures are really wonderful. You do manage to capture their beauty so well.

As for the RV convention, it does sound and look like a lovely place to stroll around and inspect the different kinds of rig. Does this mean that you are both now going to be retired, if you sell your house and travel around in an RV? How exciting for you both. It does sound a fantastic life, will your animals travel with you too? What excitement for you to look forward to,
2 years ago.
Ecobird club
A perfectly beautiful series of images Janet, but my preference is for your main shot. Those begonias really seem to glow in the light and really do live up to their name. The PiPs are all excellent images in their own right and opening each in turn was a a real delight for me and the colours and detail are outstanding. Good luck with finding the perfect RV for you.
2 years ago.
 Ghislaine Girardot
Ghislaine Girardot
Magnifique !!
2 years ago.
Esther club
Each photo is wonderful. I am so impressed at your skill in taking such amazing photos.
2 years ago.
niraK68 club
So beautiful
2 years ago.
Thérèse club
C’est très joli en tous cas et j’admire tous ces caractères d’imprimerie
2 years ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
2 years ago.
Valfal club
Oh Janet, what a beautiful flower so well captured! What an exciting idea to travel full time in an RV! It sounds like Steve has done exhaustive homework to find the best vehicle. Good luck in your plans, my friend!
2 years ago.
A very intense point of colour, out of the dark.
All the best
2 years ago.
 Christel Ehretsmann
Christel Ehretsmann
I love this use of depth of field
giving the background
all its decorative importance !
2 years ago.
ROL/Photo club
WAOUhhhh excellent and++++
ave a niceW/end
and thanks Janet for your visits and compliments
2 years ago.

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