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Jean's Pics

May is a lovely month on the Island! The leaves are out and the rhododendrons make colourful displays in the gardens and parks.

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Walking in the forest at Milner Gardens

Living on the Island in May

Around Nanaimo 

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Calla lilies in a neighbour's garden

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For a couple of weeks the laburnum trees shine.

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In May the cruise ships begin to go by on their way to Alaska every evening. This is the Volendam.

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A calm day for a tow

One of my favourite things - a garden shop in May.

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A walk in Neck Point Park - looking north up the Island

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A heron that day

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A cloudy day at Piper's Lagoon - with the tide out you can walk to the Shack Islands.

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The shacks were built by fishermen in the 1930's, and the same families still use them for summer camping.

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The lagoon with the tide out. Broom is a dreadful weed, but when it blooms in May it is beautiful.

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A May sunset from my deck

North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"

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A walk to Englishman River Falls

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This is the top of the falls...

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and the water drops into a narrow chasm.

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The path crosses the river at the upper falls, goes down the hill (above) to the lower falls, crosses the river again and climbs back up to the top.

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Through the canyon

The lower falls

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May is the best month to visit the Milner Gardens, as the rhododendrons are blooming.

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The view from the house out to the strait

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The lawns, and a wide variety of lovely old trees

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The garden blends into the forest, with old rhodo bushes.

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The forest is carpeted with the wild 'Canadian Mayflower' blossoms.

Victoria - Butchart Gardens in May

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Butchart Gardens entrance

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May is a lovely time to see the gardens..... This is the Sunken Garden, once a rock quarry.

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