I had reserved a hotel right down by the waterfront in Victoria, 1 block from the Inner Harbour, the highlight of Victoria for me. So after we left Butchart Gardens we drove down the highway, and found our way downtown (after carefully perusing Google Maps so we wouldn't get too lost).
After catching our breath, we headed out to find someplace to eat. The Inner Harbour is interesting, with lots of boats coming in and going, and at least on sunny weekends, lots of people. The B.C. Legislature sits on the south side of the harbour, lit up like this at night.
We did find our way to a restaurant in Trounce Alley, known for its tapas. Reminded us of Barcelona in Spain. We had a huge sampler platter for two with a dozen interesting choices, which we couldn't eve finish - delicious!
Walking back around the harbour I experimented with some reflections, all of these just hand-held exposures at a high ISO of 1600.
The harbour itself sported lots of reflections and lights, under a looming partly cloudy sky.
But that Legislature building was the photographic highlight.
We walked around right in front of it to get this picture on the way to the hotel.
From where we could look back to the famous Empress Hotel that sits on the east side of the harbour, a looming landmark for just over a century, and now a National Historic Site.
Back here at home we're suffering from a second 'Texas Low' in a week. This radar image of the last storm (which has filled all the rivers, streams and creeks to capacity here), shows well the long band of precipitation extending from the Gulf of Mexico to Ontario. Since the landscape is already totally saturated from this storm (the one that brought deadly tornadoes to the southern U.S.), we're expecting some local flooding here over the next three days. But next week should be a great time to photograph waterfalls! Very unusual for early May, as are the snow flakes forecast for Sunday!