I spent the last three weeks at Royal Roads University, Victoria BC as part of my Masters in Professional Communications program. This three week period was exciting, challenging, emotional and inspiring. I find academia intimidating, so it was lovely to be able to study somewhere so beautiful and peaceful. Though I grew up on Vancouver Island and went to the University of Victoria, but I had never visited the Royal Roads campus before.
The campus was such a treat, full of amazing textures and natural beauty all around, as well as the magnificent castle right in the middle of the campus. The campus boasts a rose garden, a Japanese garden, an Italian garden and has great trials and the ocean is right at the edge of the campus. I also came across arbutus trees which are my favourite type of tree and an eucalyptus tree which looked like an arbutus but was silver in colour. There were also peacocks and deer roaming all around the campus, which means that next year when I am there I better bring my zoom lens to get some nice up close and personal photos of these beautiful creatures. I loved how there was still some flowers fighting the coldness, and adding colour to the landscape.
We were in class everyday from 9-4:30pm, and let’s just say it was full on. So to try and keep myself balanced I would wander around the campus with my camera. Here are a few of my favourite shots with my tops spot being the vintage greenhouse, which dates back to 1914, next time I hope to get access inside! I dedicate this post to all the wonderful people I met in residency. I loved the chats in the lounge and debates in the class rooms. We were all so diverse and unique, much like the landscape around us. I look forward to learning with everyone over the next two years.