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Nature and human made sights in Summit Park

May is here which means it’s wildflower season!  Friends and coworkers have been telling me to check out Summit Park, a beautiful spot right in the city.  As a fellow flickr user shows in their set below, Summit Park is full of fabulous wildflowers.

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Summit Park, a set by ngawangchodron on Flickr.

I visited the park at sunset, so the flowers were harder to see.

Summit Park

But I was quickly drawn to this larger than life size graffiti drawing of an ET-like person.

Summit Park

Summit Park

I just love urban-wilderness graffiti.

I don’t like the destruction of private residential or business property.  I always worry about the individuals who have to spend their money to clean up after it.  But this tower in the park is owned by the city and maintained for its citizens to enjoy.  It seems fitting  that this belongs here, as much as the wildflowers do.

I love being outdoors, especially in the mountains. I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada.

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