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Autumn Leaves Bow Out in a Blaze of Glory at Kaloya Regional Park

Updated on December 12, 2012

Keloya Park, Lake Country, B.C., Canada

THE North American Indians tried to explain the mysterious beauty of autumn leaves. Their legend claimed that every autumn, hunters in the sky killed the Great Bear. His spilling blood, they said, splashed many leaves with red, while fat spattering from the hunter's kettle tinted others yellow.

JACK FROST gets credit for it, but he has nothing to do with it. The leaves do it, but they are forced into it. The trees themselves start it, but they are acting in self-defense. And behind all these mysterious happenings, it is divine wisdom that quietly directs the show. However it comes about, the performance dazzles the eye and stirs the heart of those who see it.

Only limited regions of the earth are blessed with the conditions that can produce these autumns dazzling displays. Many believe that it is in the eastern United States and southeastern Canada that the most spectacular displays of color occur. The greater diversity of tree varieties with red-coloration potential and ideal fall-weather conditions seem to work together for truly breathtaking results.

I'd like to share with you photos of a park where the leaves bow out in a blaze of glory every autumn; Kaloya Regional Park, Lake Country, British Columbia, Canada.

Autumn Leaves played by Roger Williams. - Piano

Play this beautiful melody while visiting me here. I have always loved this played by Roger Williams and have never heard anyone else play it as well.

Entrance Sign - Directions to the park

Kaloya Regional Park
Kaloya Regional Park

Kaloya is a well maintained large park located on 16061 Trask Road, Oyama, British Columbia, Canada, about a 20-30 minute drive from the City of Kelowna.

This family friendly park is located on the end of a pennisula that juts out into Kalamalka lake and if you are driving from Kelowna towards Vernon, you take Highway 97 North, turn right onto Oyama Road and turn left onto Trask Road to reach Kaloya Regional Park.

An autumn cluster - Kaloya Park

An autumn cluster in Kaloya Park
An autumn cluster in Kaloya Park

A walk in Kaloya Regional Park is always enjoyable but especially so in the autumn. I delight in watching autumn leaves flutter from the sky like golden butterflies. In the autumn it seems that God has clothed the park with many colors - colors that change from day to day, colors that come to life under our clear autumn skies.

Every park has it's beauty, but there are few parks as beautiful as Kaloya in the crispness of autumn. Year after year the leaves, although similar put on a different show. Here are a few photos taken in recent years that will give you some idea of what autumn brings to Lake Country's Kaloya Park.

Maple leaves turning red.

During autumn the waters reflect red, as maple leaves take on a change of costume.

A blanket of yellow leaves.

Kaloya Park by Wil Borden
Kaloya Park by Wil Borden

Who can help but be impressed by the gently moving golden leaves of the trees and the golden blanket spread on the park lawn.

Kaloya Park dressed in autumn colors.

Keloya Park by Will Borden
Keloya Park by Will Borden

Rich with autumn colors of chestnut brown, rusty red, and a glossy olive-green.

Autumn at Kaloya Regional Park - Beach scene.

Kaloya Park by Will Borden
Kaloya Park by Will Borden

We never fail to enjoy the autumn when the foliage of deciduous trees changes hues.

The marvels of nature.

Kaloya Park by Will Borden
Kaloya Park by Will Borden

Who can help but marvel at the wondrously beautiful autumn leaves AND the deer that enjoys the park with us!

A baby bear enjoys the park too!

A baby bear enjoys the park too!
A baby bear enjoys the park too!

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Just for fun listen to this.

One of the best loved novelty records of all time is "The Teddy Bears' Picnic", a song first recorded in the 1890s, and since then covered by virtually all major forces in the vocal music industry. The recording in this video is from the 1940s. Enjoy this delightful trip down Memory Lane of childhood magic.

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Children love this song!

I remember having this song on a record when I was a girl. Now it comes on a CD for youngsters to enjoy!

Teddy Bear's Picnic
Teddy Bear's Picnic

Teddy Bear's Picnic, She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain", "The Unicorn", "Bananas in Pyjamas", "Jamaican Farewell", "Rainbow Connection", and "Little Brown Jug" are just some of the fun songs you and your children will enjoy!

 

Cameras for the Bear family. - Watch out for them at Kaloya Park.

Many of these cameras are on sale to make way for the 2012 models. Personally, I'd rather get a 2011 model as they will have had all the bugs worked out of them by now.

I have compared prices of these models at our local shops and these prices are considerably lower.

I have chosen cameras for our local bear .. they're hibernating late this year so that they can take a few autumn photos of Kaloya Park. You might want to check out their cameras - they seem mighty pleased with them.

Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD (OLD MODEL)
Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 Inch Wide LCD (OLD MODEL)

A big camera for "Pappa Bear."

This camera has all the bells and whistles that should be on a professional photographer's camera (at a much better price than local shops). That's important!

 
Canon PowerShot SX20IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-Inch Articulating LCD (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Canon PowerShot SX20IS 12.1MP Digital Camera with 20x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.5-Inch Articulating LCD (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

A medium size camera for "Mumma Bear."

This camera has a stabilized Zoom which is something I will need when I get excited taking pictures of the deer.

 
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera, Pink
Fisher-Price Kid-Tough Digital Camera, Pink

Here is a smaller and less expensive (but still good) camera for your "Girl-baby Bear."

She'll love the pink and the color will help her find it when she leaves it laying in the grass to go chase brother-bear.

 
Panasonic DMC-FH25A 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Blue)
Panasonic DMC-FH25A 16.1MP Digital Camera with 8x Wide Angle Image Stabilized Zoom and 2.7 inch LCD (Blue)

Here is a sleek new (like Lamborguini) camera for "Boy-baby Bear."

Watch out papa bear he may get better shots of the deer with this camera than you do. It is just a "point and shoot" which means that he'll be quick on the draw.

 

Shop - AMAZON?

I have been without a camera for quite a while and have been more than content for Will to take the photos as he does a wonderful job of it. As you can see from the photos presented here .. there are quite a few small hills in the Kaloya Park but the lake is always level. NOW, if I had taken the photo .. I'm not sure that I would have thought of that!

For some reason lately, I have been wanting to take pictures. Maybe it is because Will is not always with me when I see something that I think is spectacular, I don't know. Anyway, I have been shopping for a camera and will make my choice soon. (Of course, I will buy it through Amazon.)

Now for the question?

Honestly, would you buy your new camera through Amazon if you could get a better deal than locally?

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Events in Kaloya Park - Teddybear picnics

The Lily Pond -  by Will Borden
The Lily Pond - by Will Borden

The view in this park is so beautiful that many couples choose to get married in this park. There is a walking trail around the headland of the park, a playground, picnic area and a lily pond. In the autumn a chemist without equal, the Creator himself, makes magnificance a part of what is otherwise a routine exercise in survival for trees.

The autumn leaf displays in Kaloya draw people from the area as a yearly attraction. Bulletins are even issued describing the stage of coloration.

Traffic clogs the back roads of this normally sleepy countryside with those visitors the local people often call "leaf freaks." But these beauty lovers are rightly in awe of what they see.

Autumn quotes ... - poems and wise observations.

Photo by Will Borden
Photo by Will Borden

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air. Hal Borland

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Autumn arrives, array'd in splendid meinVines, cluster'd full, add to the beauteous scene. And fruit-trees cloth'd profusely laden, nod, Complaint bowing to the fertile sod. Farmer's Almanac (1818)

It is only her in large portions of Canada that wonderous second wind, the Indian summer, attains its amplitude and heavenly perfection, .. the temperatures; the sunny haze; the mellow, rich delicate, almost flavoured air: Enough to live .. enough to merely be.

Walt Whitman, Diary in Canada

Then summer fades and passes and October comes. Will smell smoke then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness, swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure. Thomas Wolfe

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. Edwin Way Teale

Ere, in the northern gale, The summer tresses of the trees are gone, The woods of Autumn, all around our vale, Have put their glory on. William Cullen Bryant, Autumn Woods

Autumn is the season for enjoying the fullness of life .. partaking of the harvest, sharing the harvest with others, and reinvesting and saving portions of the harvest for yet another season of growth. Denis Waitley

The hound of the autumn wind is slow; he loves to bask in the heat and sleep. Peter MacArthur, An Indian Wind Song

...for those whose favorite season is autumn with its days of cloudless sky, of spacious and clear, far-flung panoramas .. those who view nature with detachment, for whom nature's appeal is primarily pictorial, classicists as opposed to romanticists, perhaps. On such a day, one is usually excited, physically exhilarated, mentally stimulated. Only not much is left for the imagination. Charlton Ogburn, Jr.

Autumn is a second season when every leaf is a flower. Albert Camus

Heat and cold chase one another like pups playing .. yesterday ovenish, today cold storage. Oh, perfect in the pauses when the wind forgets and the sun remembers! Emily Carr

Autumn in Kaloya Regional Park - Marvelous!

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Autumn BeginningsFine Fall FoliageBold and BedazzlingNestled in AutumnAutumn ContrastsPath of GoldBathed in SunlightSunlit SanctuaryCotton Trees and RosehipsFall in Kaloya
Autumn Beginnings
Autumn Beginnings
Fine Fall Foliage
Fine Fall Foliage
Bold and Bedazzling
Bold and Bedazzling
Nestled in Autumn
Nestled in Autumn
Autumn Contrasts
Autumn Contrasts
Path of Gold
Path of Gold
Bathed in Sunlight
Bathed in Sunlight
Sunlit Sanctuary
Sunlit Sanctuary
Cotton Trees and Rosehips
Cotton Trees and Rosehips
Fall in Kaloya
Fall in Kaloya

The professional

How do you take a photograph? Don't be modest.

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An internationally known photographer, Will, has teamed up with one of the fastest growing fine art sites on the internet. In Will's gallery you will find close to 2,000 high quality photographs and digital designs.

Will has kindly given me permission to use some of his photographs. For enlarged images of the pictures in this lens please view them in Will's online Gallery at: Will Borden.com

It is easy-breezy to see what a different frame or mat would look like on a photograph. Just choose the picture, then you will be given a large choice of frames and matting. Mix and match frames and mats until you have the effect you prefer.

Some of the photos featured on this lens were taken close to home, however, due to Will's travels, he is able to offer you a wide variety of scenes in many locations. Will has often spent days and days on his digital art during our vacations. I hope that you will enjoy them as much as I do. They are available for purchase if you so choose.

How to take an exceptional photo. - HELP!

I think that Will's photos are exceptional and I believe that a lot of this is because of a "trained" eye. Will has been interested in photography since his father gave him his first camera at a very young age. He has never been without one since. It is not an exaggeration to say that Will has thousands upon thousands of exceptional photographs.

Many of us are just starting to take pictures now, at a later age, and maybe it would be a good idea to read this book that has been written by Byran Peterson, a well-known photographer.

I often borrow books from the library but it would be nice to have this book on hand to refer to when needed.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this lens.

If you have enjoyed it, please leave a comment, like and/or blessing.

I will be adding more photos as I get them.

Sincerely,

LaraineRose

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @kristalulabelle: Thanks for your visit. The leaves are beautiful around here right now. More photos to come.

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      Kristen 4 years ago from Wisconsin

      I enjoyed your gorgeous photos. I love fall and its many colors.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @poutine: Thank you for your visit, poutine.

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you, Sylvestermouse! Nice to have you visit again. I will be adding more photos again soon.

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      poutine 4 years ago

      Love all those beautiful and colorful photos.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      So beautiful! Returning to refresh my blessings!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Thank you for visiting.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Sylvestermouse: I love the fall colors too. Thank you for visiting me here.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @rob-hemphill: The colors are just beautiful at all times of the year. This is one of the parks we visit on a regular basis. Many happy days and pictures.

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos - beautiful area. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I do love the fall colors! Beautiful photos of a beautiful place!

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      What a fabulous park, I just love the mixed fall colors. You are fortunate to be able to witness such natural beauty. Looks like an artists and photographers paradise.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: It is a beautiful place to spend some time.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Breathtaking

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: So happy you liked it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks like a magical place.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @favored: Spring is coming and soon we'll be able to have a picnic in the park once again. I have taken a few pictures of winter in the park that I'd like to post. Maybe in another lens or perhaps here. Thank you so much for visiting. Please come again.

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      What beautiful photograph. Enjoyed my time in the park :) Should have packed a lunch.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: Thank you for your return visit. I will add more pictures or make a Winter lens, soon.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, the beauty of Autumn at Kaloya Regional Park -- that picture inspires more than a thousand words today!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: I am honored. Thank you.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @SayGuddaycom: Gudday, I'm sure that I am not the inventor of that, so use away. I wouldn't mind in the least even if I did invent it.

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Gudday Laraine, this stunning park is now featured on pic-of-the-day. Thanks for letting me use one of your incredible photos and I hope it sends you a lot of new visitors. (People really like that lens!)

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Lived in BC for about a year and absolutely love the area and the people. The way you used the colored backgrounds for blocks of text was ingenious by the way. If you see that appearing on my lenses in the future....well just take it as the homage it is meant as =)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @julieannbrady: My horizons are not always straight. I've got a new camera and.. I haven't even taken it out of its box yet. Things should slow down pretty soon.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      Lovely lens! What's not to love i enjoyed the photos the quotes and best of all the indian folklore. Thumbs up from me.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @OrganicMom247: Thank you, my dear. I appreciate your comment. I'll be by for a visit soon.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Ah, thy trees of autumn look like that tree of winter I profiled. Smiling as "I stand on one leg, close my eyes and click. My horizons are always straight."

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @goo2eyes lm: Thank you for visiting this lens. I appreciate your support.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i enjoyed the beautiful colors of autumn in kaloya park.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @aesta1: I am so happy that you enjoyed this lens. I love the autumn colors and weather. I know what you mean though and have to talk myself into looking forward to springtime.

      Thank you for the visit and for the blessing.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Enjoyed your lens...makes me nostalgic for Fall but made me happy, too.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @niceman91 lm: Thanks for the visit and comments. I hope that some day you will be able to visit Kaloya Park.

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      niceman91 lm 5 years ago

      It's such a beautiful pictures you put in here.I wish i could go there soon.Congrats,another great lens! :)

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @TheresaBesaw: I really am thrilled with the Canon SX30IS 14.1MP Digital Camera with 35x Wide Angle Optical Image. It is not a bad price and it has the stabilized zoom that I needed too because I get excited and shake a bit. My hubby says the best way to stop shaking is to take a deep breath and hold it when you are taking a picture. It works!

      Thanks for the visit. I'll be heading back your way again soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Thank you for visiting me Tipi. You know that I admire your work also. I'm dropping by soon.

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      TheresaBesaw 5 years ago

      This was an excellent lens. I loved the pictures. I can totally relate to wanting to take pictures as there are so many times I want to capture what I see but my shaky hands and little phone camera just end up in blurs. I am hopeful a good camera will help and maybe a tripod. LOL Thanks for the tips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What an absolute joy, a feast for the eyes and soul....and with your sweet spirit shining throughout! Glorious!

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @JoyfulReviewer: Thank you. My photos by way of being related to the photographer. My photos aren't nearly as nice .. but thank you. I'm coming to visit you now.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @mbgphoto: Thanks for the visit AND the blessing. I love the autumn .. it makes for good photos.

      I'll be paying you a visit soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @anonymous: Most of the credit must go to the photographer. But thank you very much.

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      I love your beautiful photos ... very nicely done! https://hubpages.com/travel/autumn-in-kaloya-park

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      Mary Beth Granger 5 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      WOW!! Blessed

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @norma-holt: Thank you for the visit, comment and thumbs up. I'll be dropping by to see your lenses soon.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great lens. I enjoyed reading it. I want to thank you for sharing with us fellow squiders. One big thumbs up vote issued!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Another great lens with some wonderful pics. Hugs

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @APackageAtTheDoor: Thank you so very much for visiting my autumn lens and leaving a nice comment. I'll be checking out your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @Lindrus: Thank you or being my first visitor to this lens. I am so happy that you liked it. I'll be seeing you soon to check out your lenses.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @waldenthreenet: I am sorry that I did not add that we are in British Columbia, Canada. I have added that now. I do imagine that you have a pretty autumn in N. Virginia. The leaves color up the further north and higher in elevation you go. Thank you for the visit and blessing. I'll be seeing you very shortly.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @CamperVanRental1: Vancouver is usually very nice this time of year. Stanley Park is a favorite haunt of my family when we lived there. I hope that you enjoy yourself. Many thanks for visiting my autumn lens .. I will be sure to visit your lenses soon.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @WillBorden: Thank you for your support and comments, Will. I appreciate it.

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      @innaissac: Thank you for visiting me here and the kind words. I'll be seeing your lenses soon.

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      APackageAtTheDoor 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing all the lovely fall color.

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      innaissac 5 years ago

      Very attractive and informative description about autumn in Kaloya Regional Park. It is really a nice work.

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      WillBorden 5 years ago

      Hi Laraine,

      Stunning, informative, positive, colorful and uplifting!! Another extremely attractive lens on a very appealing subject!! Fine work!

      Sincerely,

      Will

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      CamperVanRental1 5 years ago

      Hi Loraine, great post. I was wondering if BC had any autumn colours, and you've answered it. I was in Vancouver Island (to wet for autumn colours) earlier in the year, but now I have another reason visit. Great lens, thanks!

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      waldenthreenet 5 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful photographic lens. It's beautiful. Not sure where Kaloya Regional Park is located, I mean what part of USA ? Ok, I will do a Google Search to find out. I live in Northern Virginia, we are fortunate to have Fall color and trees, wildlife, in Regional Parks such yours, as well as State Parks and National Parks. Thanksgiving Blessing. Thanks for Sharing !

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Beautiful photos! Thank you! I love fall when you get sunny beautiful days for some photography.