September often feels like an extension of summer. The days are mild, the flowers continue to bloom and the sun shines.
But there can be cool mornings, with fog in the valleys and over the Strait.
Living on the Island in September
A few trees in gardens turn colour. The air and the sea have wonderful shades.
Autumn crocus in a neighbours garden....... At the coast people plant pansies and perennials.
A walk down the path that follows the little creek that parallels Brechin Road, the road down to Departure Bay and the ferry.
I think she is laughing.....
The maple leaves often turn brown and fall early.
North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"
Coombs to Deep Bay
Coombs is a popular tourist stop to see the goats on the roof, but I go to their fruit and vegetable market. By September the crowds have thinned out.
This is the attractive road down to Milner Gardens, just south of Qualicum Bay. It is lined with cedar trees and ferns.
For visitors that have difficulty walking, a golf cart will take you down to the house and gardens.
This is Deep Bay, a lovely spot to visit. This is an Island fall day, with clouds and sun.
Victoria and the South Island
On the Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings and a large group of people doing exercises.
The Empress Hotel and the Inner Harbour.
Boats and flowers in the Inner Harbour.
Tourism is a big feature of Victoria - a large group can ride together or take a small carriage (behind).
Around the coast drive, and on the eastern edge of the city a sailboat race, and a misty Mt. Baker in Washington State.
Butchart Gardens in September
Angels' Trumpet - in the centre square of the entrance. Look at the bench to see the size!
Hydrangea tree near the entrance.
The Italian Garden
Delicate pastel borders
A favourite - the dahlia walk - from tiny to 8 feet tall
Lawns with perfect borders
In the Japanese Gardens
A drive west of Victoria to Sooke, on a foggy morning.
A useable wharf and ruins of old ones.
Cormorants and gulls on an ancient wharf
The fog is lifting and blue sky makes everything look cheerier.
The last bit of fog and a sunny day.