B.C. Travels – Fraser Valley to Golden

My husband and I love to travel close to home. Over the years some of our favourite holidays have been exploring small town (and city) B.C.

We did that again this year—focusing on the Kootenay area of the province. But first we took in a weekend of gospel music in Red Deer, Alberta.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to share some of our summer 2016 scenes and experiences here on the photo blog.

Today we’ll start with the beginning of our journey which began way back on July 6th. This leg will take us from home (Fraser Valley) through Salmon Arm, Golden, and into Alberta.

We left early in the morning of the 6th in time to have midmorning coffee with friends in Salmon Arm. I love the homey touches they’ve added to their property—like these seats and beautiful gardens. (For coffee, we had fresh raspberries from their bountiful food garden!)


Bent twig love seat under the cedars — how romantic (Photo  © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Afghan covered swing and an innovative chair made with a milk can topped with a machine seat. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Daisies, birds and evergreen shrubs make a colorful garden centerpiece. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Our next stop was Revelstoke where we wandered into the Modern Bakeshop Cafe for a late lunch. How about this veggie sandwich on artisan bread and the massive and wonderful cookie that we shared?

The mountains between Revelstoke and Golden are majestic. There are no end of beautiful vistas.


Rocky Mountains 1 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Rocky Mountains 2 at Rogers Pass (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Rocky Mountains 3 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Rocky Mountains 4 (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

We had made a motel reservation for the night in Golden. There we discovered there was to be an evening concert in the town square. After dinner we wandered over to enjoy the outdoor music. The jazzy vibe of Laura Landsberg and her band had us all tapping our toes and many—young and old—up dancing.


Community entertainment in Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Laura Landsberg and her band entertain in Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Loved how this sweet old wheelchair dancer encouraged her little partner to move to the music. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

We began the next day with a walk along the Kicking Horse River. It was a chilly morning but so beautiful.


Kicking Horse River – Golden B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


It was cool enough for jackets on our morning walk. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Fuchsia fireweed adds a burst of color to the brightening scene (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)


Couldn’t help but photograph this heritage storefront with its old advert “Shoes and Harness Maker To Order” staining the boards. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Then it was into Alberta. The No. 1 highway through the Banff National Park has many of the structures pictured below–bridges that wildlife use to cross the highway.


Wildlife crossing built over the highway (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

More B.C. travels and summer memories in the days ahead





Thursday Challenge – YOUNG (2)


Gift orchid (Photo © 2015 by V. Nesdoly)

A year ago I got an orchid as a gift. It was gorgeous and I enjoyed every minute of its blooming. In summer it even put out a second set of blossoms.

Then fall came along and all action ceased. The plant looked dead.

I cut off its gangly stem, kept it in the north window, moist but not too wet and hoped that I’d see life again.


Stem with new life (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

A few weeks ago, it sent out a shoot from the piece of stem that was left. Yaay!  Every day I’ve watched the changes. It’s now working on the beginnings of four to six orchids.


Young orchid (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Today my orchid’s largest bud is my photo for YOUNG.


This post is linked to Thursday Challenge, where you’ll find links to more photographic interpretations of YOUNG (second week).
Next Week the challenge is: WARM (Sunny, Pleasant, Warm Colors, Food, Drink,…)

Thursday Challenge – YOUNG (1)


Five cygnets that look as plush as a Gund toy  (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

We saw these downy grey cygnets on a pond in West Vancouver on June 4th. Apparently they are left with the parents until they are a bit older and are then moved to a body of water with more space.

This post is linked to Thursday Challenge. To see more photographic interpretations of YOUNG, visit the links on this week’s Thursday Challenge page.

Next week: Week 2 of YOUNG: (Children, Babies, Baby Animals, Things that are new,…)

Thursday Challenge – LARGE

This large “toy” is on Harrison Lake, B.C. It looks like a wonderful place to cool off on a hot summer day! (Click on any photo to enlarge.)

For more photographic interpretations of LARGE, visit the links on this week’s Thursday Challenge page.

Next Week: YOUNG (Children, Babies, Baby Animals, Things that are new,…)

Thursday Challenge – BLACK

Today’s Thursday Challenge photo prompt is: “BLACK” (Dark, Night, Shadows, Shade, Gloom,…)


If you come from my part of the world, you’ll recognize this building–the B.C. Legislature. The shot was taken through a window, which explains the ceiling lights and frames. I like the touch of surrealism those errant reflections give to the shot.

View more photographic interpretations of BLACK by visiting this week’s Thursday Challenge page and  following the links.

Next Week’s Challenge: LARGE (Tall, Long, Big, High,…)

Thursday Challenge – FLIGHT


Today’s photo challenge is “FLIGHT” (Bird, Insect, Jet, Airplane, Seeds,…) I captured these bubbles in flight on one of the beaches in Stanley Park, in June of 2014. I’m not sure what sort of soap solution one uses to make such gigantic bubbles!

Click on any photo to enlarge.

Check out the links on this week’s Thursday Challenge page to see more photographic interpretations of FLIGHT.

NEXT WEEK: BLACK (Dark, Night, Shadows, Shade, Gloom,…)

Thursday Challenge – BARRIER


Victoria, B.C. (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

A waterfront promenade in Victoria, B.C.  The delicate scallops of a chain fence are silhouetted against the water.

This post is linked to Thursday Challenge. Check out the links on this week’s page to see more photographic interpretations of “BARRIER” (Wall, Fence, Gate, Door, Stanchions,…).

Next Week: FLIGHT (Bird, Insect, Jet, Airplane, Seeds,…)



Photo © 2016 by V.Nesdoly

“Being humble is realizing that everything you have is only yours to give again” – Dave Brisbin via @theeffectorg on Twitter

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Photo: © 2016 by V. Nesdoly

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Thursday Challenge – BEST (1)


Wild Roses – wildflower with the BEST fragrance (Photo © 2016 by V. Nesdoly)

Today is the first of a two-week Thursday Challenge on the theme of BEST: High Quality, Fastest, Largest, Tastiest, Trophy,….

I’m going personal with this. Today the I’m picturing the wildflowers, currently in bloom with, in my opinion, the BEST FRAGRANCE. Wild roses have no rivals!

To view other photographic interpretations of BEST, check out the links on the Thursday Challenge page.

Next week: same thing… BEST (2)


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