Grey skies open into rain just as I drive into the parking lot of Butchart Gardens. Oh dear. I grab a clear umbrella from the stack and carry on.
The gardens have something to offer at every time of year. Today's stroll provided vistas of quiet green and brown highlighted by thousands of sparkly lights. These photos were taken between 3 and 4 pm so the lights are somewhat dim.
Throughout the gardens, scenes from the Twelve Days of Christmas are tucked into corners. One of my favorites is the three French hens, seen above enjoying tea and pastries with a lighted Eiffel Tower in the background.
In the mosaic at the top, five golden rings float on the pond.
Garlands of cedar adorn pathways and statues, like this elegant bronze horse.
With the help of BeFunky, I can envision the bridge (seen above and below) in the snow. This is likely the only type of snow I'll see this winter, although I always hope for some of the white stuff.
Here's another view of the bridge, with true colors and a snowy background frame.
This curving path of stepping stones is one of my favorite places in the gardens.
Although I ended up with frizzy hair and damp feet this solitary walk in the gardens was perfect for relaxing my mind after one busy week in anticipation of another of the same.
How are you relaxing these days? Is is raining or snowing in your corner?
Linking to Mosaic Monday, hosted by Judith.