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More Victoria BC

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My father-in-law, who is a photographer, loaned me his 5omm f1.2 lens to use for our trip to Victoria.  These pictures were taken at The Butchart Gardens, just north of Victoria on Vancouver Island.  I’m sure the gardens are more beautiful in the summer, when the roses are in bloom, but there was hardly anyone there during our visit in October, and the colors of the trees were fantastic.

Astrid - Such amazing autumn colors!

Victoria BC

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I went to Victoria BC with my family in October.  The drive to Port Angeles from Portland was four hours, and then it was a 1.5-hour ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria.  Our hotel was located right on the harbor, near the Empress Hotel and the Royal BC Museum and across from the seaplanes taking off and landing in the water.

We didn’t have any plans for our trip, just to walk and wander and relax.  The weather wasn’t especially warm, but it wasn’t too cold, either; the skies were grey but there was no wind, so it was pleasant to meander along Government Street and explore the city on foot.

fall 2013 on film

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This fall was all about shopping at the farmers markets, going to the pumpkin patch, enjoying the gorgeous October light, and settling in at home.  Fall in Portland is just about perfect: crisp days, low light, and autumn leaves.

I had the joy of having not one but two friends from out of town visit Portland in October.  One was someone I’ve known for many years but had never met, and another was a friend I met in Reykjavík 13 years ago but hadn’t seen since.

Happy Thanksgiving!