Flowers and the Fountain by George Cousins

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The constantly-changing patterns of the Ross Fountain in the Butchart Gardens, Victoria,Vancouver Island, British Columbia, serve as a lovely backdrop for the array of flowers and plants that line the walkway and viewpoint. The fountain was conceived and built by Ian Ross, grandson of Jenny Butchart, in the deepest part of the sunken garden. This was part of the original limestone quarry which had been worked out. The garden was started by Jenny in 1904. It’s a National Historic Site of Canada and has been visited by millions of people from all over the world.

Taken July 12, 2009 with a Fuji S100FS camera.


  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 5 years ago

    A stunning image indeed, I recall on my last visit to Victoria, to see my brother, I was totally memorized by seeing this first hand, well documented, and a sure fav for me as well…Thanks George

  • Thank you Larry, I’m really glad you liked it, and thanks for the Fav. The fountain outlets are programmed so there are a multitude of spray patterns, as you saw yourself, and it’s a problem to try to decide which one to post. They’re all quite beautiful.

    – George Cousins

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 5 years ago

    Excellent shot!

  • Hi Torfinn..many thanks, and also thanks for the Fav. Glad you liked it!

    – George Cousins

  • DeviousLili
    DeviousLiliover 5 years ago

    Please consider adding this image (and other fountain-type pretties) to Fountains

  • Hi Stephanie, thanks for the invitation, and I’ll post it immediately. My partner Jann also has some and I’ll have her join also.

    – George Cousins

  • Chris Clark
    Chris Clarkover 5 years ago


  • Thanks Chris, very happy you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyover 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George. The inclusion of those lovely flowers in the foreground just add to this wonderful scene.

  • Thanks Mike.I took many shots that day but I thought the flowers did add that extra touch..glad you liked it.

    – George Cousins

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 5 years ago

    Beautifully framed. Wonderfully captured.

  • Thank you Wanda..the flowers were a bonus, added the right bit of colour.

    – George Cousins

  • lynncb7
    lynncb7over 5 years ago

    Beautiful shot, George!! It’s great to see this area in a different season than what we experienced! I’m a total flower lover, so I’ve always wanted to be here in the spring. But, I have to say that the fall color we experienced was absolutely exceptional & I didn’t feel like I missed a thing!

  • George Cousins
    George Cousinsover 5 years ago

    You’re right..every season is beautiful, and they constantly change the flowers to be in tune with the seasons, so you really get the best of everything for that time of year. As you saw, there are several specific “gardens”..the Sunken,Rose,Japanese,Italian,Mediterranean,etc. and all the “fill-in” spots, so you can pick something if you have limited time. I think the Sunken is the best bet for a quick look, it is the most spectacular for sure. For a flower lover (we are too!) I’d pick early to mid July if you had to pick a time.

  • Anne McKinnell
    Anne McKinnellover 5 years ago

    Lovely shot George, nice foreground.

  • Hi Anne, and thank you..much appreciated! I think the fountain is my favourite place in the Gardens, so relaxing, even with people coming and going :)

    – George Cousins

  • JayneLogan
    JayneLoganover 5 years ago

    Hello George! Of course I know you .. so glad I came to view your gallery. Thanks to Jann. This, along with all of your work is terrific! (I like very much the tall ships /maritime calendar). Cheers and thanks for entering the Challenge

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