I hadn’t expected to post for the Planet Nikon December Challenge quite so quickly. In keeping with the spirit of the season, the challenge is Xmas. Anything goes, including any camera and lens. Nice, I thought, but we were going to Victoria, to help Angela’s sister celebrate her 60th birthday; and I thought it would be awhile before we put up our Xmas decorations.
Fortunately for me, Angela got creative when it came to picking a way to celebrate. Instead of a party, the three of us went to Butchart Gardens.
Hmm… I haven’t been there since my parents took me there when I was 14 years old. Back then, going to Butchart Gardens was the last thing on a 14-year old’s “Do” list. However, my aunt and uncle were visiting; and it was made clear to me that I didn’t have a choice. I remember thinking that I don’t like gardening; and that this trip would be as much fun as a trip to the Dentist. Yuck!
So, I raised my eye brows quite a bit when Angela suggested that we take her sister there, for her birthday. They’re both gardeners, so the choice made sense for them. Alas, I’m having a really good day if I can tell the difference between a daffodil and a dandelion.
To my pleasant surprise, I didn’t mind this latest visit. I think exploring the place with a camera made some difference. Also, my world perspective has changed quite a bit since then.
At this time of year, there simply isn’t as much greenery as there is at the height of summer. So, I decided to focus on Xmas. First conclusion: ribbons are fun to photograph.
These folks put a lot of effort into decorating and lighting the place for Xmas. Their depiction of the 12 Days of Xmas is an example of thinking outside of the box at its best. They did a first-class job on creating a Xmas them. It looked like they enjoyed their work. It would be very hard for visitors to NOT get some Xmas Spirit.
Second conclusion: the eight maids a-milking were a lot easier to photograph than the lords-a-leaping. Unfortunately, their Lordships looked like one of those carnival target shooting games.
Third conclusion: while the remaining displays were very creative, full justice wouldn’t be done until the lights came on. Unfortunately, our dinner plans required us to leave before that happened. As an aside, the restaurant is just as expensive as ever.
Lucky for me, the Gift Shop had a gift for me. The nicely decorated Xmas tree gave me a great chance to do some macro photography. Even better, Angela kept the shopping to a low roar! Yay!
Looking back, would I go again? Yes. However, now that I’m cured of my long-standing dislike, I would do a bit of planning, to get even more photographs.
Thanks for looking, everyone.