Meconopsis; Blue Himalayan Poppy in the UBC Bontanical Garden

Blue himalayan poppy in the sunshine

Blue Himalayan poppy in the sunshine 

Last summer we visited the University Botanical Gardens , their canopy walk was so much fun, and their gardens a mix of BC rainforest, alpine garden, and asian garden, they have a food garden, and so much more.

This beautiful Blue Himalayan Poppy had a tiny bit of sunshine shining through the forest on it, the head was so heavy it was hanging down.  There I was laying on the ground trying to get this image. Luck was with me, first it wasn’t windy, and the poppy was sitting quietly in the sun. Secondly, only a couple of people came by and looked at me as I was laying there in the flower bed, lucky one of the gardener was not one of them. I am always very respectful about the gardens, not stepping or crushing anything else as I maneuver through to get the image I want.

I am not the greatest gardener, so it is no surprise that I have had no luck growing this beautiful flower, and I take time to photograph them when I get a chance. What is your favourite flower?


Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC.

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC

Water Wheel; Minter Gardens, Chilliwack BC 

Happy Tuesday to everyone, for my fellow Canadians I hope you had a great long weekend. It was great to have an extra day for family and friends, and to use it as needed. In Calgary we had great weather, so we got a little gardening done; some flowers, lettus, peas and tomatoes planted.

This image was taken last summer at the Minter Garden, Chilliwack BC, one of my favourite gardens, I believe it is about 32 acres and I would recommend a sunday visit.



Red Dalia beside the Camino Path

Red Dalia

Red Dalia

All along the Camino to Santiago we noticed gardens of herbs and garden, always looking prettiest in the rain.

the Photoblog creative project challenge is “red” and while the photo is not completely red, the main subject is red. My husband the red jacket, top right corner compliments the flower and creates a diagonal line through the image.  Have a look at the other images that have been submitted.  Let me know if you get involved in the challenge.

see  more: red and rain

Saturday, and Jillian in the Garden

Jillian in the garden, Saturaday portraits, Calgary Alberta

More portraits from my session with Jillian a couple of weeks ago.  The photos taken in the garden a couple of weeks ago. I use the term “garden” for my backyard loosely, those of you who have been to the house will understand.  We have the back deck which is rather small, the arbour acts as a gate, as you step down off the deck you are in the yard, really the green space for our area, and it is open to the street.  There are some mature trees, but once you leave the deck there is no pretty flowers, and while the area works great for portraits, there is no real garden.

Jillian was wearing a beautiful red dress, that in black and white contrasts nicely with the green arbour. The sun to her left just peaking through the arbour was beautiful, a small fill light was added to brighten her eyes. She is the perfect girl next door!

Tulip, and the Monday pop of color

Yesterday was a great day here in Calgary, people were out on the pathways and in the parks, enjoying the sunshine. I am pretty sure there were more than just a few of us out dreaming about getting into the garden, and if we forget about the snow storm of Saturday we could almost believe planting is just around the corner.

I hope you have a great Monday.

Photoblog Challenge Subject “Leaf”

I have been participating in the photoblog challenges for quite some time now;  mostly because I have an image on the blog that fits the criteria.  However this week’s creative project was “leaf” with nothing in the data base and fresh parsley growing in the herb garden I decided to take up the challenge to produce something specific for the challenge.

I love having fresh herbs growing in the window, all winter long.  We have had mint and rosemary and oregano for a couple of years now. This is the first year the parsley has done very well, it usually gets spider mites and I have to throw it out!  This year I also grew sage, thyme, and basil.

We like to use the fresh herbs in omelettes, pasta, potatoes, pizza, and just recently we made rosemary dumplings on top of the lamb stew.  Slowly are garden is expanding!

If you have time check out the other photoblog participants 

to view more of my photography visit

Dr. Sun Yat Sen Window


At the Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens in Vancouver,  you will find garden walls and pavilions with beautiful screened windows.  Inside the pavilion you will find, artifacts, paintings and  displays that beautifully provide a glimpse into another culture. Here a mountain, inside beside a window looking out, as the room was dark it was difficult to show both the mountain and the exterior garden.  I have both the colour and the black and white photo side by side because I can’t decide which one I like best.

The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chines Garden has been selected as one of Canada’s greatest places and is the first garden in the Ming Dynasty created outside of China, You can read the full article on line by clicking the link below.

White Waterlily

the white waterlily regarded by many as the symbol of enlightenment because the bloom emerges from the mud.

this photo was taken during our last visit to Vancouver at the  Dr. Sun Yat Sen Chinese Garden a beautiful garden sanctuary in the middle of the city.  we are planning another visit to Vancouver and I am looking forward to a return to the garden I am hoping there will be lots of flowers blooming, not just from the mud!