Exploring Finnerty Gardens at the UVic campus.
Exploring Abkhazi Gardens in Victoria, BC.
Photography from the world-famous Butchart Gardens.
An appreciation of moss in the British Columbia rainforest.
Tulip season continues at Butchart Gardens.
Tulips. Just tulips.
T.S. Eliot famously wrote that "April is the cruelest month." I don't think he was referring to April in Butchart Gardens. The only hint of melancholy here is the one found in every flower, which is the nature of its fleeting beauty. Another quote, "stop and smell the flowers," has become a bit cloying with overuse, but its essential meaning remains intact. Here are some spring blooms for you to enjoy.
Photography in Butchart Gardens is at once incredibly easy and amazingly difficult. Every garden picture you could ever want is there, but finding fresh compositions is difficult in a place that is photographed thousands of times every hour. It is a challenge worth taking up.
Long before I returned to Vancouver Island I often envisioned using gulf islands sandstone for a Last Migration photograph. The sandstone is sculpted by the wind and waves into a complex mini-landscape of honeycomb caves and fissures. The scale works well as a habitat for the new Schleich grizzly bear, which is about 10 cm tall.
Appreciating a crowd-free off-season winter visit to Butchart Gardens.
Building LEGO microscale landscapes.
Photographing the misty forest on Mount Galiano.
Butchart Gardens makes magic with Christmas Kitsch.
What's best about the Carnival in Venice...
Award-winning photographer Jeff Friesen has returned to Victoria, BC.