Taking fall photographs at Colony Farm is something I never miss when I am visiting Vancouver in October! It is a wonderful spot to take photographs! The community garden is comprised of over 500 individual plots on seven-acres within Colony Farm Regional Park in Coquitlam, BC. It is a great location to see organic farming techniques and to relax and enjoy nature. And, it is a wonderful spot to take photographs!

The park was once a productive farm. It provided food for nearby psychiatric and penal institutions in the British Columbia. However, by the mid 1980’s much of the land was abandoned. It began to revert back to wild marshes, grasslands, streams and sloughs. Today it is managed by Metro Vancouver’s Parks Department.

The community gardens are a great place to visit any time of the year, but I particularly enjoy the fall. At this time the gardens may be past their peak, but there is so much beauty to be found amongst the decaying plants. Late blooming flowers and fall vegetables contrast beautifully against shades of green and brown. It is also a great time to find spider webs dripping with dewdrops.

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