Butchart Gardens in June

Matt and I had annual passes to the Butchart Gardens. Throughout the year we kept saying “yeah! Let’s go to the gardens!” But we would either be really busy or we’d forget about it. Since our passes are nearing the expiry, we decided to finally go. Matt’s friend, Shane came along too. It was his first time at the gardens, and I think he had a good time!

The weather wasn’t the greatest, but it was great to us because:
a) cloudy days = great shooting conditions
b) not crazy busy

Here’s a shot from the lookout point in the middle of the gardens. It was awesome!

Some of the old equipment. The Butchart Gardens used to be a limestone quarry. It’s really hard to believe that it went from that to a beautiful garden.

Shane’s first carousel ride EVER. It was magical.

The venue where they have live concerts everyday during the summer.

What can I say? I love symmetry.

I also love reflection shots.

One of the few roses that are trying really hard to bloom. It’s still too early for 95% of the roses.

This next shot is near impossible to take on a nice day because usually it’d be filled with A LOT of people.

Japanese gardens!

Not sure what it is, but I really like this shot. Maybe because of the tree? The colours? I don’t know.

So here’s hoping I’ll be able to visit the gardens at night because that would be awesome! And maybe catch a fireworks show in the summer.

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Week 17 – Canada Day

Matt and I hung out for a bit, and I figured I might as well try some HDR pics. We went up to Butchart Gardens and rode the carousel which is always awesome. I dunno if this turned out alright or not… Too much?

10mm, ISO 200, F5

After that we headed over to a potluck dinner at Matt’s church, and then walked downtown to check out the fireworks. I must say I definitely need A LOT more practice that’s for sure. I kind of like this HDR pic of fireworks, but I thought it could’ve been better. I still like it though…

10mm, ISO 200, F8

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A Magical Place Called Butchart Gardens

Lotta (Matty’s friend) was here to visit Victoria from Ottawa. She was here for about 2 weeks ish? So what do you do when people visit? Go to Butchart Gardens! The three of us went two weeks ago (I know… I’m falling WAY behind in my blogging), and wow is that place ever beautiful! So… less talk, more pics!

Awesome fountain thinger. Can’t wait to come back here at night!

Oh my goodness!! A carousel! Best two bucks I’ve ever spent! It was magical…

Lotta and Matty having a good time! It’s probably my favourite part of the gardens.

Matt and I ended up upgrading to a year pass, sooo we’ll be visiting there again shortly especially when the concerts start happening! And hopefully all the roses will be in full bloom soon.

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