May is a lovely month on the Island! The leaves are out and the rhododendrons make colourful displays in the gardens and parks.
Walking in the forest at Milner Gardens
Living on the Island in May
Calla lilies in a neighbour's garden
For a couple of weeks the laburnum trees shine.
In May the cruise ships begin to go by on their way to Alaska every evening. This is the Volendam.
A calm day for a tow
One of my favourite things - a garden shop in May.
A walk in Neck Point Park - looking north up the Island
A cloudy day at Piper's Lagoon - with the tide out you can walk to the Shack Islands.
The lagoon with the tide out. Broom is a dreadful weed, but when it blooms in May it is beautiful.
A heron that day
The shacks were built by fishermen in the 1930's, and the same families still use them for summer camping.
A May sunset from my deck
North of Nanaimo - "Up Island"
A walk to Englishman River Falls
This is the top of the falls...
and the water drops into a narrow chasm.
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.
Through the canyon
The lower falls
May is the best month to visit the Milner Gardens, as the rhododendrons are blooming.
The lawns, and a wide variety of lovely old trees
The view from the house out to the strait
The garden blends into the forest, with old rhodo bushes.
The forest is carpeted with the wild 'Canadian Mayflower' blossoms.
Victoria - Butchart Gardens in May
Butchart Gardens entrance
May is a lovely time to see the gardens..... This is the Sunken Garden, once a rock quarry.