Accolade splendour at Vancouver City Hall

I went to visit the Accolade cherry trees at Vancouver city hall. They are now in full bloom. Petals are not even falling yet.

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Accolade at Chilco park

Accolade cherry trees at Chilco park are now in full bloom. On the ground, there are flowers fallen face down and other fallen face up. After a careful observation I noticed little birds in the cherry tree were cutting blossoms while searching for food in the tree. Whole cherry blossoms were falling at a very rapid rate. Plop. Plop. All around me.

Mink Chocolates afternoon tea

After attending the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kick-off concert, I went to Mink Chocolates. During cherry blossoms season, it’s my favourite place to have tea since you have a view of Akebono cherry trees from the window. The trees are full of buds and just about to bloom.

For some reason, I noticed the words Trudeau (the name of our prime minister) written at the bottom of the cup. Click on the pictures to increase the size.

 

Cherry blossom lost in vines at Nelson and Bute

 

This Whitcomb cherry tree at the corner of Nelson and Bute seems to be overtaken by vines.

From the park across the street, you can take nice photos of the blossoms with apartment buildings in the background.

It’s nice to see Whitcomb cherry trees are finally starting to bloom after a pretty harsh winter in Vancouver (lots of snow!)

Whitcomb cherry trees at Nicola and Pendrell

You can always count on the Whitcomb cherry trees located at Nicola and Pendrell to announce the beginning of the Vancouver cherry blossom season: they’re the first cherry trees to bloom in the city.

The Whitcomb cherry blossoms at this location are currently 40% open. They appear a little bit later than usual, probably due to all the snow that’s fallen in Vancouver in the past months.

I was very lucky to get there on a sunny day: the pink blossoms are lovely with a blue sky.

Fallen blossoms are also quite beautiful.

I’ll be blogging for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival blog again this year. I guess this means the season as officially started. Happy cherry blossom viewing!

Whitcomb cherry trees at Nicola and Beach

 

These Whitcomb cherry trees, located in front of a beautiful apartment building at Nicola and Beach, will please photographers. You can snap pictures of the blossoms and capture the nice architectural details on the building.

There are plenty of blossoms at this location. Fallen cherry blossoms are covering the sidewalk.

The building is so beautiful. Across the street, there was a woman capturing the scene in watercolour painting.

There are two more Shirofugen cherry trees (not in bloom) on each side of the main steps. When they bloom, this will be a spectacular photo opportunity!

Cherry Jam at Burrard skytrain

 

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off today with the Cherry Jam, a free concert held at the Burrard skytrain station in downtown Vancouver.

This year, several artists teamed up to offer a multidisciplinary experience: The Vancouver Metropolitan Orchestra performed  first, then stayed on stage to accompany two dancers and a Japanese singer.

Chinese musician Ji Rong Huang played the er-hu while Dayna Szyndrowski performed tap dancing. I was blown away that someone had thought of mixing these two different art forms together. And they worked perfectly!

Japanese artist Yayoi Hirano from Yayoi Theatre Movement performed haiku in mime while accompanied by the flute music of Holly Burke. (I took a video.)

Vancouver Okinawa Taiko group closed the show with powerful drumming and dancing.

All performances were wonderful and memorable!