September 19th, 2003

Butchart and butterflies

For as long as I can remember, Butchart Gardens in Victoria, B.C. has been a favorite among Anacortes folks looking for a British Columbia adventure. When I had the chance to visit this week, I jumped at it … and I was well rewarded for my time. We had some time before a tourism conference to stroll through the 99-year-old gardens, and it was wonderful to do so without large crowds. On the way out of Butchart we made a visit to Victoria Butterfly Gardens, where a camera is a must. Again the visit was too brief, but I managed to get a few photos of garden waterfalls, butterflies and a giant Atlas moth (World’s largest moth, with a wingspan of 6-12 inches. They can live in the cocoon stage for up to five years, and live only 4 or 5 days after emerging!). Plans call for a return with my wife, who is the real gardener in the family.

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About Photographer Steve Berentson

A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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