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Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 6: More Begonias, Hummingbirds and the Butchart Wharf! (+11 insets)

Victoria's Butchart Gardens, Part 6: More Begonias, Hummingbirds and the Butchart Wharf! (+11 insets)
(+11 insets!) (Please scroll down to "Today's Pictures" for image information)

Trip Talk: OMG We Bought a Brand New RV, Are We Certifiable???!
Yep. We did it. I am the first person to tell you that buying a new vehicle is a total waste of money because the second you drive off the lot, it's worth a lot less…and it only plummets from there. So WHY in the world would we drop such a chunk of change for a new trailer, when we know full-well that we're throwing crazy amounts of money into the wind?

We did it mostly because the RV industry is notorious for hiding damage, flaws, problems and issues. It is nearly impossible to find these faults and everything that comes up must be repaired by the owner or by a shop. It's expensive and time-consuming no matter how the issue is fixed. If you buy a new RV with a good warranty, it's not our problem. It's theirs.

What I haven't told you is that on our Vancouver Island trip, we suffered an extremely frightening and potentially dangerous frame failure while on the road. When we were arriving at Campbell River--exactly two weeks into our six-week trip--Steve noticed with great concern that the trailer was leaning to the left.

We pulled into a Walmart parking lot to take a closer look. Crawling under the trailer revealed a badly bent frame that was so warped and crumpled that both of us thought our trip was over right there. I'll talk more about this on a later post but long story-short, a local welding shop saved the day and allowed us to continue our trip and get home safely. That being said, the underlying worry of developing more structural damage made an indelible impact that was never far from our minds. Every "travel day", where we drove from one camp spot to the next, was filled with worry and tension because we could no longer trust our trailer.

We were so relieved when we finally got home without any incidents! And yet, our trailer had totally let us down. We initially thought the build-quality was good enough for at least a year of use while we wrapped our heads around long-time RV travel. Instead, we got a serious reality check about the difference between a "weekender" RV and a "full-time" RV. Thinking about what might have happened in a worst-case scenario made us realize that we needed to get away from that trailer as soon as we could. Truthfully, our plans were to upgrade to a full-time trailer within a year or two. We were going to use our Grey Wolf for at least another six months or so but our narrowly avoided disaster changed everything for us. What price do you assign to the lives of you and your family? What's that? "Priceless" is your answer? Exactly. And THAT is the real reason why we bought a new trailer.

Today's Pictures

Today's main picture showcases one of my favorite things to photograph: shadows. I am forever stopping to gaze dreamily at dappled shadows on trails we walk on, and leaves captivate me when I see shadows creating lovely shapes on them. As Steve and I slowly made our way along one of the many explosively colorful paths of Butchart Gardens, my eye was immediately drawn to the shadows of a fern cast upon a richly-colored peach geranium (Thanks to Neira-Dan for identifying the species!) I don't know about you, but I find it very difficult to capture nhe magical quality of shadows because I think you need to see them in person to get the diaphanous effect that's happening. I was able to capture some of what I saw, though the reality was even more spectacular!

Inset 1: this is my last lucky hummingbird picture, and it's feeding on gorgeous blue penstemon blossoms. Be still my beating heart you pretty little thing!

Inset 2: I used to think that "ordinary" wax begonias were so boring. These dazzling red flowers which resemble coins to me, totally vindicate themselves of a description of blasé!

Inset 3: how is it that I've never realized that begonias have such incredible foliage?! I've noticed their pretty leaves in the past but Butchart Gardens knocked me to the ground. This picture is just one example of the outrageously gorgeous leaves these plants can have. The park was overflowing with countless shapes, sizes and color combinations of leaves…I couldn't believe the variety!

Inset 4: what a gorgeous group of fiery orange impatiens! This group was part of a huge plot completely covered with blossoms!

Inset 5: here's another picture of a punch-drunk bee pigging out on flowers and not caring at all about the huge black thing hovering so close to it!

Inset 6: this enormous pair of Elephant Ears was growing within a massive planting at the Mediterranean Garden. I just love the wonderful shape and texture of the leaves!

Inset 6a: I made another version of the Elephant Ears with a darker background. It's more dramatic but maybe too distracting? Which version appeals to you more?

Inset 7: I think this lovely blossom must be a white begonia, as there is a crimson one in the background and there are plenty of white begonias that look just like this one!

Inset 8: in addition to having a staggering garden, Butchart also has their own little harbor! In fact, half of the park is surrounded by waters from Brentwood Bay, called the Tod Inlet. This is a view of the Butchart Cove harbor through a natural window created through a thick hedge!

Inset 9: this is a view of Butchart's dock. If you can believe it, the docking area that leads out to the bay is designed for the pickup and drop-off of sea plane passengers!

Inset 10: this is Butchart's little fleet of cute little tour boats. They offer 45-minute ecological trips around the Tod Inlet during the summer and if lucky, passengers might get to spot sea otters and many kinds of birds and other wildlife.

Pam, one of the things I most admire about you is your creativity. Seeing the shadows cast upon the begonia in the main image makes me think about you because I'm sure you would have gone crazy if you'd seen the lovely shadows on these flowers! I sure do hope that you're able to get back to the point where you can once again create the marvelous artwork that comes from your heart, because it's part of what makes you complete. Maybe you'll need to change how you do things but I have a feeling that it will be possible! *BIG HUGS FROM SOUTHERN OREGON*

Explored on 10/12/19; highest placement #1.

HelenaPF, Valfal, Sarah P., Annemarie and 42 other people have particularly liked this photo

31 comments - The latest ones
neira-Dan club
très belle lumière sur ce palargonium !!
8 months ago.
cammino club
Such enchanting plant shots, perfectly made. And the hummingbird photograph is particularly fascinating because such beautiful little birds do not occur here in Europe!
8 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
wonderful color ...
8 months ago.
 John Cass
John Cass club
Beautiful image, wonderful PiP's.
8 months ago.
Ruth club
Very beautiful images Janet, excellent photo.
8 months ago.
 Rosalyn Hilborne
Rosalyn Hilborne club
More stunning pictures Janet! I know I keep saying the same thing, but the PiP's are so beautiful and amazing!!
Have a great weekend.
8 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
8 months ago.
Excellentes !!!
8 months ago.
 Josiane Dirickx
Josiane Dirickx club
Toutes plus belles les unes que les autres ! ************
8 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
wonderful set of pictures!
I prefer the dark background and I like especially the one with the hummingbird.
good luck with your new trailer!
8 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So beautiful again, Janet !
8 months ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Another beautiful series Janet

Thank you for posting in the group
8 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh no, how scary for you, sweetie. To find that your frame on your trailer was bent and out of shape, and likely to fall apart. It must have put a real dampner on things with that worry in the back of your minds. So you have bought a new RV - and considering what you say about how some aren't completely safe etc, then it's a very good idea to buy a brand new one, as you say - if there is any problem, then that's the maker's problem and not yours. If you are going to have this as your permanent home, you need to be absolutely sure that it's safe for you all.

Oh wow, Janet, these flowers are just amazing. The begonias are fantastic, especially the peach one and the white one. The leaves - now I used to grow these flowers, just for those leaves really, although I thought they were called Caladium. Could be wrong, or they could belong to the same family.

As for those glimpses of the cove - absolutely glorious. It looks so beautiful there, the little islands and the woods etc. How heavenly. No wonder you want to go back there - I'd go in a shot. I look forward to seeing your new RV and more of your wonderful trip.
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Outstanding shots!
8 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
8 months ago.
 Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda club
Superbe et magnifique ce superbe festival de couleurs et de lumiere..!
Un travail remarquable et bien partagé surtout avec ces splendides Pips.
8 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

8 months ago.
Kawasirius club
J'ai adoré votre série sur les colibris, formidable travail ! Vos nouveaux encarts son formidables et ma préférence ira en plus de l'encart #1 à l'encart #8 ! Cette vue au travers de cette fenêtre végétale est superbe !!!
Je vous souhaite un bon dimanche, Janet !
8 months ago.
©UdoSm club
A colourful and exquisite series...
8 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Amazing series of wonderful floral images Janet.
8 months ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
what a beautiful place you show us here!!
8 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Another marvelous set of images, all of them a treat to view! Great you have a new RV. No more travel worries so you can concentrate on what gives you joy.
8 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮ club
Oh wow Janet.
I know they are a lot of money, but if that's what it takes to give you peace of mind when your are travelling....then I would say it's worth every penny. Well done.

Another fantastic series of photos too. Have a lovely Sunday.
8 months ago.
RHH club
Which, oh which do I choose? It's the hummingbird or the elephant ears, but I am unable to make a choice between them. In fact, they are all beautiful and all worthy of an award, perhaps to the Ipernity Photographer of the Year? The most interesting thing is that these photos give me a mental picture of Janet crawling through Butchart Gardens with everyone in hearing distance being startled by screams of delight.

On a more serious note, your story of the frame failure is distressing. We lived in a mobile home when we were first married and they are put together like RV's apparently because that thing, too, was a piece of junk. Happy though that you were able to finish your trip, but something like that does cast a shadow over your travels. We're eager to see pictures of your new travel home, so make sure you post some.

We leave tonight for home and are looking at the trip with dread both because of the distance and the weather reports. Haven't even decided yet which route we're going to take, but if the weather permits we hope to make it as far as Wyoming or eastern Montana. And, if the weather permits, we are going to spend at least part of a day sightseeing, but where depends on which route we take. We may have to make decisions as we go.

Spent last night at our son's latest project, a new home that was in the Parade of Homes which finished last night. He and several of his guys and gals presented the homeowners with an aerial photo of the home, a beautiful box of small gifts and had hor d'oeurves and wine for them and the homeowners, a nice gesture, I thought. The homeowners were really nice people and are eager to move into their new place.

Have spent the last few days with my parents. They are 89 and 88 and we wonder if we'll see them again. We did have a great time with them, though my mother is suffering from the beginnings of dementia. It's still strange to come to Michigan and not see Nancy's folks who died several years ago. It was good to see the three of our kids who live here as well and their families. We miss them when we are home.

Guess that's about it. Going to post some photos from our trip to the Upper Peninsula and then get back to Yellowstone photos.
8 months ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
excellent close up, love the shadows of the leaves on the petals !!!
8 months ago.
tiabunna club
A lovely set of images, Janet. Well, you were spoiled for subject matter in Butchart Gardens, I guess! :-) I can only imagine the concern you and Steve had with a damaged chassis on your van. Thank goodness you were able to find someone competent to fix it for your return trip. So how long will it be before your new van is ready? You'll be able to get on the road what we call here the "grey nomads"!
8 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Janet, I love you main image............the shadows on the flower from the ferns are really beautiful and would only have been there a short time until the sun moved around.........most people would have missed them.........but not you!!

Another remarkable series of images in your PiPs...............there's not a single one I don't like, so I shall pick out a few that particularly caught my eye:

The Humming Bird shot is magnificent. Is it just me, or do the top two flowers remind you of little birds struggling to get out of the petals?

I love the leaves in PiP6 and 6a..........especially the symmetry! I definitely prefer 6..!!

I also like the shot of the harbour and boat taken through the hedge..........well spotted and perfectly framed. The other shot of the boats as well (the last PiP) has really gorgeous light and reflections!

I was sorry to hear about your troubles with the RV...........it must have been quite frightening and a constant worry even when it was repaired. I'm looking forward to seeing some photos of your new acquisition :-)
8 months ago. Edited 8 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Wünsche Euch viel Glück mir Eurem neuen Wohnmobil. Ihr habt ja schreckliche Erfahrungen machen müssen. Die Reise hätte auch vorbei sein können.
Ein bezaubernde Serie präsentierst Du uns hier, einfach wieder wunderschön!
8 months ago.
Esther club
I am so enjoying your photos from this garden. They are stunning.
8 months ago.
micritter club
Each and every one is a superb work of photography. I've been unable to spend enough time on Ipernity or photography for quite a while, so today I'm enjoying so many beautiful images!
8 months ago.
 Sarah P.
Sarah P. club
Lovely shadowplay
8 months ago.

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