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  • Jennifer Dowd

Exploring Saanich's Butterfly Gardens - July 4, 2023

Saanich, British Columbia, is a haven for nature lovers, offering a plethora of attractions that celebrate the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. One such gem is the Butterfly Gardens, a magical sanctuary where vibrant butterflies flutter amidst tropical blooms. Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting this enchanting destination with my Aunt.

As we stepped into the Butterfly Gardens, we were immediately captivated by the lush, tropical environment that greeted us. The warm, humid air enveloped us, transporting us to a different world. The gardens were teeming with colorful flowers, towering trees, and a diverse array of plants, all meticulously curated to recreate a natural habitat for the butterflies.

Once inside, we found ourselves amidst a mesmerizing display of fluttering wings. Countless butterflies in various shapes, sizes, and hues gracefully danced around us, creating a kaleidoscope of colors. It was truly a sight to behold and a paradise for photography enthusiasts.

The Butterfly Gardens offers visitors a unique opportunity to observe these delicate creatures up close. We marveled at the intricate patterns on their wings and witnessed the fascinating life cycle of butterflies from caterpillar to chrysalis to full-grown adult. The educational displays and knowledgeable staff provided valuable insights into the different species and their habits, enriching our understanding of these remarkable insects.

Apart from the butterflies, the gardens were also home to a variety of exotic birds, including macaws and parrots. Their vibrant plumage and melodic calls added an extra layer of enchantment to the experience. We spent time strolling along the meandering pathways, enjoying the symphony of nature's sounds and relishing every moment of tranquility.

Exploring the Butterfly Gardens today was more than just a delightful experience; it played a significant role in continuing my soul's healing journey. As I sat amidst the vibrant flora, mesmerized by the graceful dance of the butterflies, my mind naturally gravitated toward my Mom. Memories of her flooded my thoughts, and I couldn't help but imagine how much she would have adored this place. I miss her every day. I use nature walks like this to help me heal my grief. It's a long road I have to travel and I hope one day by experiencing experiences like this one today that I will revive my appreciation for life and get back my excitement. Someday....

In the meantime, I will enjoy the wildlife that surrounds us and try and achieve some peace.

The gardens offered us a respite from the outside world, immersing us in a vibrant tapestry of fluttering wings and tropical flora. We left the gardens with a renewed sense of wonder and gratitude for the intricate beauty of nature.

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