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 October
Around Nanaimo - walking the waterfront
Looking across the harbour to the gap between Newcastle
Island on the left and Protection Island on the right.
A different morning, with calm waters
Autumn around Nanaimo
Piper's Lagoon, and the Garry Oak leaves have turned brown/
The harbour is busy, even on a cool breezy October morning.
Whatever the day, most walks end at the ice cream shop.
Maple leaves beside the lagoon
I think she is laughing.....
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.
Cormorants and gulls on an ancient wharf
A useable wharf and ruins of old ones.
The fog is lifting and blue sky makes everything look cheerier.
The last bit of fog and a sunny day.