Moons and Blooms Part II

Pulling ourselves away from the charms of The Butchart Gardens took some fortitude, but, though beguiled by the thought of spending the entire day there, we stuck to our knitting, as D says, and made our way south toward Victoria to our next destination: Hatley Castle Gardens.

We didn’t tour inside the castle but enjoyed the grounds, including Italian and Japanese gardens.

Then on to Victoria’s Inner Harbour…

… where every upright structure was festooned with the most luscious hanging baskets.

The landmark of Victoria – The Empress Hotel commands the view over the Inner Harbour.

The Government Buildings, and more baskets!

By this time, our day had already been quite long. We lingered over salads at an outdoor cafe overlooking the harbour and then indulged in dessert from the corner ice cream shoppe.
As I mentioned in a previous post, we had the option to stay in Victoria, either at The Empress or one of the many B&Bs; in the area. But our favorite B&B; is our own home, so, though it meant another four hour journey, we headed for the Coho Ferry terminal, passed through customs and boarded the 7:30 ferry bound for Port Angeles, Washington.
The hour and a half crossing would put us into Port Angeles at about 9:00. Calculating docking, disembarking and one more customs check, it would be tight for us to make the drive to our next ferry in Kingston at 10:30. But the 11:00 pm would be doable. After that, only one more ferry for the day at midnight. If we missed that one, or it was full, it would be a long, long drive around the Peninsula to home.
The sailing from Victoria to Port Angeles is directly due south. The substantial ferry smoothed out the slight chop in the sea and the sun descended on our right over the Strait of Juan de Fuca, dropping below the low cloud on the horizon just as we docked.
Turning west through town and around a bend into the open countryside, we gasped as we were greeted by that waning gibbous moon, still nearly full and now rising straight ahead over the western treetops, huge and richly golden, benevolently lighting these weary travelers their way homeward. It had had a rest since following us on our northbound journey into Canada early that morning, although we had not. That whole, dark, hour-long drive, it was a beacon glimmering through the windscreen, leading us west through the night.
We did not catch the 10:30 ferry but were well in time for the 11:00. A 30 minute crossing, plus 10 minute drive from the terminal and we would be home before 11:45.
And so we were. As we pulled up our long and bumpy drive, 20 hours after we’d driven down it, the moon blinked through our evergreens and wished us a peaceful sleep.
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A few of my shots from our trip there in May, 2008.

Spring at Butchart = many tulips!

The celebrated Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia)
Camellia blossoms in the Japanese Garden.
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Our route:

(A) Our house to

(B) Tsawwassen Terminal, BC Ferries, Vancouver, BC

(C) Victoria and Vancouver Island, BC
The Butchart Gardens
Hatley Castle Gardens
Victoria Inner Harbour

(C) to (D)
Coho Ferries – Victoria BC to Port Angeles Washington
(D) to (E)

Port Angeles to Kingston Washington on US HWY 101

Washington State Ferry from Kingston to Edmonds, Washington

Wishing you a weekend filled with magic and moonbeams.
xo – g

Moons and Blooms, Part I

We awoke at 3:00 am to our respective alarms – D’s a blaring horn and mine gentle Westminster chimes. As we work at home and are natural early risers, we only use alarms when we have a plane, or in this case, a ferry, to catch.

By 3:45, the car laden with cameras and tripods and lights, we crept down our drive toward the freeway. The just-waning gibbous moon hung high to the west and as we made our way north, it followed us on our left, lighting the highway through the trees.

At 5:30 am, we crossed the border into Canada, with a smooth entry through customs. We never used to need passports but now they are required.

Turning west, we made for the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, the moon bright and straight ahead now. As we sped along toward the dock, well in time for our 7:00 ferry, the sun rose eastward over the horizon. Moon ahead, sun behind. I lowered the visor mirror and could see both at once. These things make me happy.

A beautiful cruise through the San Juan Islands and we docked at Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island, B.C., by 8:30. A pleasant country drive brought us to our first destination of the day.

The world famous Butchart Gardens.

Our assignment was for video footage, the last of a year-long project for a client. But we could not resist shooting stills as well. While D captured video at the various garden sections, I headed, of course, for The Rose Garden.

Where I spent rather a long time…

Hot, sunny, difficult shooting but still a feast for the photographer.

We met up for a respite in the Japanese garden, serene and cool.
And then on to the Italian Garden.

(I’ve been working on this post for some days. I originally culled 75 photos, way too many to be practical, so will share the rest of the journey tomorrow – more locations, more ferries and more moons!)

Hope you’ve enjoyed the tour so far.
xo – g

New Prints and a Sale ♥

The Rose Arbour

A quick hello and wishes for a lovely week ahead. My weekend so far has involved lots of image editing, blog visits, gardening, dinner on the Edmonds waterfront with Mom last night and some much needed blog and Etsy tidy up.

But I had to stop to share this newest image with you as I know you love roses as much as I do. This is the first of many to come from our recent trip and I thought it would enjoy it. I’ve also made it available as a new print in my shop.

And while I was updating my poor neglected Etsy shop, I added some other summery images as well. (The Rose Arbour is available as an 8×12 and an 8×8, or any other size upon request.)

The Rose Arbour, A Fragrant Memory, Lavender Mist, Vintage Lavender
It’s August now, already, sniff, which makes me a bit melancholy. While it’s still July, I can pretend summer will last forever, but when the calender says August, each day is tinged with a bit of wistfulness, even though our Septembers are very summery with lots of lovely weather still to look forward to.

To cheer myself up, I’ve decided it would be fun to have my first ever SALE in my shop! For the month of August, any print in my shop, buy one, get one free. That’s it, simple and easy.

Since many of you have been generous and kind enough to purchase prints from me, I’m letting you know first. So, thank you for indulging a bit of self-promotion. (bow and curtsey)

Now, I’m off to cut some roses to adorn my desk while I visit your beautiful blogs.
xo – g

p. s. Thank you for your sweet comments about Lee and Toni’s marriage. I know they’d be awfully embarrased but still, it’s a happy thing to share, isn’t it?

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