Exploring Victoria – Playfair Park

One of the most threatened ecosystems in Canada is the Garry Oak meadow. So it’s no small feat that a small pocket still exists in the midst of Victoria’s urban sprawl. Playfair Park is a tiny city park tucked away in Saanich. It’s about 15 minutes by car from downtown and somewhat tricky to find. Although...

Exploring Victoria – Playfair ParkMargaret

Chasing Waterfalls on Vancouver Island

I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall. Mike May Even though TLC begged us not to do it, chasing waterfalls is one of my favourite activities. Fortunately, here on Vancouver Island, we have access to some spectacular and stunningly beautiful waterfalls. And for these ones...

Chasing Waterfalls on Vancouver IslandMargaret

5 Free Places to Photograph Flowers in Victoria

Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in Canada is known as “the garden city”. Gardening here is a serious business! So serious we even count the flowers in the annual Victoria Flower Count. For the record, a whopping 25,864,976,064 blooms were counted in 2017. Actually the flower count was started as a...

5 Free Places to Photograph Flowers in VictoriaMargaret

Hatley Castle Gardens

One of my favourite places to photograph is Hatley Castle Gardens in Victoria. It’s located on the grounds of Royal Roads University in Colwood, on the Westshore – about a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria. Aside from the gorgeous castle, the gardens are a haven in the midst of the city. The castle was completed in...

Hatley Castle GardensMargaret

Here’s to the dreamers!

Tell me what it is you plan to do with your one wild and precious life.Mary Oliver I managed to catch up with two new TV series this weekend and both of them have got me thinking about dreamers. And about being a dreamer. The first was “Our Zoo” based on the true story of George...

Here’s to the dreamers!Margaret

The Zen of Cherry Blossoms

What a strange thing! to be alive beneath cherry blossoms. Kobayashi Issa If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to find yourself standing in the middle of a shower of cherry blossom petals then you will appreciate this quote by Kobayashi Issa, a Japanese poet regarded as one of the haiku masters. Of course, cherry blossoms are...

The Zen of Cherry BlossomsMargaret

Photographing Bodie

At the end of a 13 mile dusty, bumpy gravel road that runs off Highway 395 in California’s Mono County region, lies the town of Bodie. An old gold-mining town which once had a population of 10,000, Bodie today is a real-life ghost town. And one of my favourite places to visit and photograph. You can...

Photographing BodieMargaret

The Butterfly

I've always been drawn to watercolour painting but its an art I have yet to master (I do try, but generally give up in frustration!). I began thinking about ways I might be able to incorporate a watercolour effect into my photographs without simply heading to Photoshop and applying a filter (they don't tend...

The ButterflyMargaret


As we trudge reluctantly ever closer to the heart of winter, I remind myself that curled up tight in its furry cocoon, the magnolia flower waits patiently to bloom again next spring...


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