Butchart Gardens lived up to my expectations and more! The landscaping and color of the gardens was impeccable and the combination of flowers, shrubbery, and trees was inspiring. I've never felt confident putting together colors and textures of flowers to create the gardens I'd love to have in my own yard. But being there instilled in me a desire to try . . . to just copy of few of those artistic combinations at home! (Someday when we have a yard again.) Perhaps some of these photos will be the inspiration you need as well.
The surprisingly long and unique fireworks show held around a pond in Butchart Gardens after dark was a wonderful way to bring a fabulous week to it's conclusion. The fireworks were set to music and portrayed a story of the marvels of nature. The sky lite up with scenes of flowers and bees buzzing around the garden. The show was an amazing synchronized performance of fountains, fire, and colors that dazzled the senses. My amateur photography attempts could not adequately record the spectacular displays, but perhaps they will get your imagination rolling and your curiosity peaked.
Our Hill Family Alaskan cruise will always hold a special place in our hearts. I am awed by the magnificence and beauty of God's creations, and no matter how impressive the works of man, nothing can compare in glory to the handwork of God. Like my dad used to express when hiking in the lush green Uinta mountains to the north, or the stunning red rock canyons of the National Parks down south, "I can't imagine a heaven more beautiful than this glorious earth"!