Akebono and cherry jam at Burrard skytrain station

It was a gorgeous sunny day for the opening of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival at the Burrard skytrain station today.  The Akebono cherry trees are 2-3 weeks late this year, due to a cold winter. The Akebono cherry buds were about to open, and there were some blossoms at the top of the trees.

Leaving the station, I saw a woman taking pictures of the smaller tree planted in front of the station and realized this was probably my best chance for me to get a close-up  of the blossoms. The tree is in the sunlight. It was perfect.

For more information about the opening concert, check out my blog post for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival about the 2017 cherry jam.

Akebono peak on Manitoba street (39th ave.)

 

After my visit to Queen Elizabeth Park, I headed for Manitoba street (corner of 39th) to see two rows of Akebono cherry trees that extend up to 43rd street.

The trees are small, but if you get the right angle, you can still get good photos and excellent close-ups.

When I reached 41st Ave., I turned to face north and was thrilled to see the peak of the North Shore Mountains at the end of the street between rows of cherry blossoms. (There are electric wires in the way, but it’s still a nice photo op)

Akebono cherry trees at Queen Elizabeth Park

At Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, Akebono cherry trees are in bloom:

 

Among the Akebono cherry trees is one majestic Somei-Yoshino:

And near the duck pond, there are three Umineko cherry trees:

 

From the top of the Small Quarry garden, you can take this magnificent picture of the Vancouver skyline:

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Photos: Jessica Tremblay

Spectacular Akebono cherry trees at Graveley street

On a sunny Thursday morning, around 11 a.m., I reached Graveley street (corner of Lillooet) to view cherry blossoms.  The location is spectacular with two rows of old Akebono cherry trees forming an arch over the street.

The area was bustling with activities: there were about 50 people taking pictures. And more cars kept arriving.

From the sidewalk,  you can snap photos of the Burnaby skyline and SFU hill.

The street is spectacular and immediately became one of my favorite locations. The blossoms were in full bloom when I visited. This location will be wonderful when petals start to fall in a couple of days.