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  • Jennifer Dowd

Exploring Nature's Canvas: A Photographic Journey at Finnerty Gardens

Updated: May 13, 2023

There's something magical about a warm summer day in May, where nature is in full bloom, and the world seems to come alive with vibrant colors and scents. On such a day, accompanied by my trusty four-legged companion, Baylee, I embarked on a delightful adventure at Finnerty Gardens, located at the University of Victoria (UVic). As I meandered through the winding paths of this enchanting sanctuary, I discovered a different world through the lens of my camera, capturing the intricate beauty of flowers and foliage that adorned the landscape.

Finnerty Gardens is a hidden gem nestled within the UVic campus. As I entered the garden's gate, I was immediately embraced by a sense of tranquility and serenity. The well-maintained paths, shaded by towering trees, led me deeper into a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty. The symphony of chirping birds and the gentle rustling of leaves provided the perfect soundtrack for my photographic journey.

As Baylee wagged her tail in excitement, I began to explore the plethora of botanical wonders that adorned Finnerty Gardens. Each step brought me face to face with an explosion of colors and textures as if nature itself had taken a paintbrush and turned the garden into a vibrant canvas. The flowers, in various stages of bloom, offered a captivating spectacle, ranging from delicate petals in shades of pink, purple, and yellow to bold and fiery reds. The juxtaposition of different hues created a visual feast for my camera lens.

But it wasn't just the flowers that caught my attention. The foliage, with its lush greens and intricate patterns, served as a perfect complement to the floral extravaganza. From the delicate tendrils of climbing plants to the robust leaves of tropical specimens, every leaf seemed to tell its own unique story. I couldn't help but marvel at the intricate details and the interplay of light and shadows as I composed my shots.

As I wandered through the winding paths, I realized that photography had granted me a new perspective on the world around me. Through the lens, the ordinary transformed into the extraordinary. The simplest of flowers became works of art, and the interplay between light and foliage created a magical atmosphere. Each click of the shutter revealed a hidden story, capturing a fleeting moment of beauty that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.

Baylee, my fur baby bestie added an extra layer of joy to my photographic journey. Her playful antics and curiosity reminded me to embrace the present moment, savor each click of the shutter, and appreciate the beauty of the world around me.

Finnerty Gardens at UVic, with its winding paths and bountiful display of flowers and foliage, is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. It offers a gateway to a different world, where colors are more vibrant, textures are more intricate, and beauty reveals itself in the tiniest of details.


As I bid farewell to Finnerty Gardens, I carried with me a treasure trove of memories captured through my camera lens. The experience reminded me of the power of photography to transform our perception of the world, to find beauty in unexpected places, and to appreciate the delicate balance of nature's creations. So, next time you embark on a dog walk or any leisurely stroll, don't forget to take your camera along. Who knows what hidden wonders await you through the lens?

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