Victoria is located on an island, the largest in an archipelago called the Gulf Islands. Last March we took a trip through the Gulf Islands stopping briefly at Pender Island, where I took this photo. I include this because we came through the Gulf Islands yesterday on the final leg of our return journey from two weeks in Maui. I hope you have enjoyed the retrospective of the last few weeks and will continue to visit Victoria Daily Photo as we begin our seventh year of daily photos from one of the world's most beautiful cities.
Victoria is a very green city - there's lots of trees everywhere. But in spring it is especially wonderful how many plain and rather dull suburban streets burst into a positive orgy of blossom. Mostly these are flowering plum but there's lots of cherry trees as well. There are so many blossoms that drifts of pink petals pile up by the curbs. And the scent....
In March every year I post photos of crocuses and this one, taken in March 2011, is a favorite. I love the contrast between the gnarly oaks, still black-branched against the sky, and the colorful fleshy crocus flowers.
This is the driveway leading to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort on Songhees Point in Vic West. This photo has some technical problems but still manages to communicate that warm spring evening atmosphere.
Here's a panorama of the Inner Harbour taken from Laurel Point in March 2010. It was made from 16 separate photos stitched together. Click on it to see it larger (you may have to click again to see it full size since it is VERY large).
Situated on the far west coast of Canada, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, Victoria is the capital city of the Province of British Columbia. Its benign climate (the warmest winters in Canada) and placid lifestyle make it a favorite retirement location as well as a popular tourist destination. About 400,000 people live in Victoria and adjacent communities. Click the photos to see them larger!