The Himalayan blue poppy is a symbol of Reford Gardens. Originating in the Tsang Po Gorge, in the south-east corner of Tibet, it usually grows at an altitude of 10,200 to 13,100 feet. The humid air and cool evenings make it blooms here possible.
July in Elsie Reford's Garden displays a panoply of beautifully colored azaleas. Grand -Métis is normally too cool for this plant, but these are protected by being in a dell. Still they grow in a more compact form than they would normally.
The region where Charlevoix meets the Saguenay Fjord is rich in marine life and one of Canada's most popular whale watching spots. We had a pure blue day and saw many marine mammals. I think this is a humpback diving.
Where the St. Lawrence meets the Saguenay River the 'upwelling' forces, at the head of the fjord near Tadoussac, are concentrating food along the 'tide lines' where both whales and seabirds gather to feed.
The St. Lawrence Meet the Saguenay river. This water is so productive and pristine. this is also a place with history, it being the place where the Europeans made contact with the First Nations in the 1600's.
Old gas pump outside historic forge in Baie St. Paul, in the Charlevoix region. The town is known for it's art galleries, it was also the home of the first Cirque du Soleil . The area of Charlevoix has been named a "World Biosphere" by UNESCO.
Charlevoix was formed by the impact of a giant meteor billions of years ago. The crater is what forms the biosphere now with it's mix of people and nature. The rugged landscape was a favourite of the most famous exhibitors’ group in Canada, the Group of Seven, starting in the 1920's and led by A.Y. Jackson.
My travel buddy's cousin left Wall Street to start his own farm and raise and train Border Collies. I was overwhelmed by the pristine serenity he'd created. This is Dale, his personal animal companion.