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Communication and Communing

All photos taken on May 23, 2022.

A quick early run to drop B at the ferry and we got set to spend our final day in Victoria with Fada. As we had the tech with us, we offered Fada the chance to Skype with a few relatives and the connections were made.

We had also promised a trip to Finnerty Gardens (a place we had visited in September 2021), so we set off to make that happen before supper. I have posted on this place previously, but we were determined to get back and see what it looked like in spring bloom.

Finnerty Gardens is a public woodland garden located on and maintained by the University of Victoria in Victoria. Its main feature is the sizeable collection of rhododendrons artfully arranged throughout the 2.7 hectare (6.5 acre) site. There are 500 variations of rhododendrons and rhododendron hybrids on the grounds, in addition to 1,600 trees and shrubs, mostly of native varieties. There are numerous paths and benches throughout the garden winding through and around three ponds located on the site.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Arriving on site, we found plenty of parking and also found out it was free on statutory holidays, which today, Victoria Day, was.

We were not disappointed with our visit and I will leave you with photos of the day.

Blooms abounded and I was in my element, not knowing which way to turn to take the photos. Many of the blossoms had a delightful scent, but a few had none at all.

I apologize for the sheer number of photos here. There were just so many beautiful scenes.

Ready to roll

we were in awe of the blooms on display this day


My turn to drive

Taking it all in


Stop and smell the blossoms

sunlit blossoms

Colourful composition

The local wildlife

field of shamrocks

checking it all out

I have not seen this one before

golden snail

something new around every corner

for a holiday, the garden was pretty quiet

these are unusual

in miniature scale

trying to identify it

Blooms of every colour, shape and description

down a shady path

Colours of Ukraine

busy bees

bamboo grove

we were here selfie

they call me mellow yellow

time to head out

Shadow and light play

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

19 thoughts on “Communication and Communing

  1. Fabulous captures, Allan. Finnerty Gardens looks so pretty. How lovely to return in the spring to see all the rhododendrons in bloom. We actually just planted two rhododendrons in our backyard this year. They don’t hold their bloom very long, but when they are in bloom, they look absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Thanks Linda. There was beauty around every corner in this garden in May and the scent of blossoms was everywhere. We were lucky to be there at the right time. No rhododendrons here and my attempt at azaleas for the local zone failed. Sigh. Just have to stick to what grows here. Have a great weekend. Allan

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