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Butchart’s Gardens in Victoria, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and a world-famous attraction, Each year hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world come here to view the spectacular gardens that were created first by Jenny Butchart in 1904 and have been enlarged and cared for by her descendants for over 100 years.
This is a view of the Sunken Garden, created from a worked-out limestone quarry pit. The trees at lower center that look like weeping willows are, I believe, weeping sequoias. Just above them is a look-out spot (see the guard rails) on top of a rock outcrop now covered with a variety of plants and hedges.

July 12, 2009, Fuji S100FS camera


  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekover 5 years ago

    Another beauty, George !
    Looks like it was taken half way around the world. :)

  • Thanks Stan, the sunken garden always reminds me of the “homeland of the Elves”scenes in the “Lord of The Ring” movies. They could have filmed those sequences right here.

    – George Cousins

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 5 years ago

    This is beautiful George, I don’t have to look as to where it is, fabulous work, xx

  • Thanks Ann, I know you’ve been in the same spot, probably taking the same picture :) But there’s so many vantage points, it’s hard to know which is best. They’re all good!

    – George Cousins

  • Monica M. Scanlan
    Monica M. Scanlanover 5 years ago

    Stunning!!!! Love this!!!

  • Thanks Monica, much appreciated!

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful, George. Lovely scene.

  • Thanks Mike, another little view of! Glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous capture George, way to go

  • Thanks Larry, I’m trying to post a few more at reasonable intervals.

    – George Cousins

  • Dyle Warren
    Dyle Warrenover 5 years ago

    This is an exquisite image of the gardens George, what a spectacular view! It’s been many years since I’ve visited. I think these gardens are the most beautiful…

  • Hi Dyle, glad to meet you, and thanks you for your kind comment. It is certainly a spectacular place and if you have a chance to come again, you’ll find it’s probably enhanced quite a bit. Enjoyed reading your bio.. I started out in radar and got into computers in 1969.We could probably swap a lot of!

    – George Cousins

  • Marilyn Baldey
    Marilyn Baldeyover 5 years ago

    Wow , what a place , so great to see this.

  • Hi Marilyn, glad to meet you! Thanks for dropping by. Yes, it’s quite a beautiful place, only about 10 km. from my house so we go there several times a year just to see what’s new. Always seems to be some new additions!

    – George Cousins

  • Phil Mitchell
    Phil Mitchellover 5 years ago

    Hi George,
    I have been to the gardens a couple of times, both in April, so it’s wonderful to see the different colours in July.
    Great shot !

  • Hello Phil, happy to meet you, and I’m glad to hear you’ve been here yourself. The gardeners do change a lot of the flowers as the seasons change, though we don’t have much cold weather here and very seldom any snow. But of course there are a lot of seasonal plants and they keep rotating them. Glad you liked the picture!

    – George Cousins

    ANNABEL S. A...over 5 years ago

    W O W

  • Thanks Annabel, glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • CraigsMom
    CraigsMomover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous place, very well captured!

  • Many thanks, and much appreciated. It’s a beautiful place, we’re very lucky to live so close and can visit many times.

    – George Cousins

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