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BC & Canadian Rockies, day 4: Vancouver-Victoria, Butchart Gardens

Antero52

Vantaa, FI
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Antero52 Silver Member Awarded for his expertise in post-processing, being  consistently helpful and professional. Nikonian since 07th Jul 2009
Fri 07-Dec-12 10:44 AM | edited Thu 06-Dec-12 10:58 PM by Antero52

Ferry terminals are about 30 km/20 miles from either city. We booked a Pacific Coach package at the airport on arrival.

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Spectacular views, a long way to swim.

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With a 500mm lens, this is already 10x magnified over a normal lens, with significant contrast and clarity boost in Lightroom. With my small 7*21 binoculars, I thought these were birds.

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Let’s zoom (=crop) a little closer. This is seal’s whiskers from 0.5 km (0.3 miles) away.

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Empress hotel. After sunset the slanted trees look like dragons.

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Butchart Gardens. Mrs. Butchart converted an old mine to a fantastic garden. She was the person first called a “green thumb”. My wife likes pictures with lots of people. That’s me in the stairs, with the big backpack.

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And my version. I wouldn’t go so far as calling me a sociopath, but I think that the beauty of this place is best presented without tourists. This is a montage of half a dozen shots, with the tourist-free parts selected.

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This fountain is a more recent addition.

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