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.

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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!

Sakura Illumination 2015 at Charleston Park

The Sakura Illumination that took place at Charleston Park tonight was a truly magical experience.

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When I got there shortly before 8:00pm, it wasn’t dark yet. The lanterns were turned on and the two Tree Fairies performers were rehearsing their dance routine celebrating the arrival of spring.

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When the sun was set, the Tree Fairies, Cherri and Blossom, began their beautiful dance accompanied by mesmerizing music. Lights were projected over the white Ukon cherry blossoms.

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When the 10 minute dance routine was over, people were invited to wander around the cherry trees and take pictures of the lanterns.

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The light inside the lanterns changed from white, yellow, blue, green, red.  It was beautiful.

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The lanterns offered a unique view of Ukon cherry blossoms at night.

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After 20 minutes of admiring the lanterns and wandering under cherry blossoms, spectators were asked to return to the viewing area for the next dance performance by Cherri and Blossom.

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I moved to get a wide shot.  From the back row, even though you couldn’t see the dance performance, you could see the beautiful lanterns, the light show, and hear the music.

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The crowd at the performance was composed of families having picnics, friends, and lots of photographers.  The atmosphere was very friendly. There was about 200 spectators.

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Charleston Park is right next to the seawall. You could see the Granville bridge in the distance.

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Sakura Illumination was created by Stuart James W. from HFour.  I really liked how they allowed spectators to get up and wander under the trees between performances, making this a truly immersive experience.

‘Yozakura’ (cherry blossom viewing at night) has been done in Japan for many centuries. Seeing our beautiful Vancouver cherry blossom illuminated was a unique experience — made even more special by the fact that this year, Sakura Illumination was a ‘one-night only’ event.

Photo credit: Jessica Tremblay

Shogetsu – end of season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms are turning pink, as they do when it’s the end of the season.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

The green leaves have grown bigger. You can see the teeth on the edge of the leaves.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

We’re approaching the end of the season for Shogetsu cherry trees in Vancouver. The petals are starting to fall and, soon, the blossoms will follow.

 

Shogetsu cherry blossoms turning pink late in the season

Shogetsu cherry blossoms are prettier when they are white, but if you find the right angle, you can still make pretty pictures of the blossoms turning pink.

 

Compare with the pictures of the freshly opened Shogetsu cherry blossoms from April 27, 2013