Around this time of year, though autumn's colors are beginning to take over, it seems as though Victoria is entering a second spring. The browns and yellows of summer's heat and drought have been replaced by the rich green re-growth of grass and moss and spring's wild flowers are being mimicked by autumn's sprouting mushrooms. I noticed the one above in our back lawn this morning so I'm heading out to Mount Douglas (Pkols) Park this afternoon to see what is happening out there.
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!