Saturday, 25 April 2009

Sakura blossom time in Vancouver is here again. Ornamental Cherry blossom have been blooming for the past few weeks. This is Gravely Street in Vancouver between Lillooet and Windermere looking down the hill. Now I'm on Windermere looking up the hill, the trees were just at the perfect time for photos.
Walking up the street I paused to take a look through the trees and enjoy the blue skies.
The blossoms are so lovely and delicate on these trees.
These trees are a few blocks south on 2nd Avenue, I love the tree on the right behind the lamp standard.
I'm not sure what these flowers are named, but the centre almost looks like a bee is buried in the middle.
Blue forget-me-knots are seen along the boardwalk.
Here are some pink forget-me-knot flowers.
Don't forget the white ones...
Driving out to Chilliwack last weekend there were daffodils that you could see from the highway. In the median between the lanes wild daffodils were also in bloom.
These cherry trees are planted near the National Nikkei Heritage Centre in Burnaby. In a few years this will look even more spectacular.

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happy Easter, I hope you had an enjoyable time with family and friends. Friday I drove down to Washington state with my mom. The weather was grey and dull, but we had a great time along the way. Saturday morning in Everett we happened upon this Sea wolf transformation statue by James Madison.
It is around a pole at the corner of the street.
The gray skies behind made for an interesting silhouette.
Standing back you can see the entire statue.
Later in the morning we were in Renton and had a great BBQ lunch of ribs and chicken at Cedar River Barbeque. This painting was on the outside of a building advertising a sewing machine repair shop.
Sunday morning we drove back up along the I-5 and found these daffodil fields on our way to La Connor.
The day was very grey and threatening and very windy.
Usually at this time the tulips are in full bloom but this year they are late.
This sign is for the shop Bunnies by the Bay, it is a delightful shop filled with stuffed bunnies that were originated in the town. This store is in La Connor but as you can see it was closed because of Easter Sunday.
There are some beautiful "painted lady" style homes in this area, this particular one is a long time favourite of mine. A patient of mine painted this house for me from a photo I took many years ago as a thank you.
Late in the afternoon the sun came out and the skies turned blue. This tug boat looked so peaceful cruising along the river.
As you can see the cherry trees in our courtyard are now in full bloom.
The two weeping cherry trees by our pond are looking very nice in the late afternoon sun.