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Another beautiful day of cherry blossom viewing

After a first day of teleworking, I reward myself with one hour of cherry blossom viewing.

At this time, the instructions from the city of Vancouver regarding the control of COVID-19 say you’re allowed to go outside as long as you maintain social distancing and don’t congregate in groups.  This means no cherry blossom picnics, but  a quick walk by yourself in the neighbourhood is fine.

The Whitcomb cherry trees at Ayshire and Aubrey are fully bloomed. The flowers are beautiful. They’re buzzing with bees! Petals haven’t started to fall yet.

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This Accolade tree at Halifax and Kensington might be missing a branch or two, but the blossoms are splendid! Accolade are only about 20-30% bloomed in Burnaby, so you have another 7-10 days to visit.

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The Okame cherry tree at Charles and Fell might be slightly past its prime — lots of tiny petals on the ground, and most remaining blossoms have missing petals — but it’s such a rare tree that it’s worth a trip.  Visit within 5 days.

By the way, Okame have some of the smallest petals I’ve ever seen on the ground. So cute!

Tip: Visit in the morning or early afternoon. The sun set behind the house, which blocks the light. These pics were taken about 5 pm and there was only one ray of sunshine at the top of the canopy.

Also make sure to take a photo of the long calyx (the back of the flower), since that’s what this flower is famous for.

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I hope you’re taking care of yourself in these difficult times.If you are feeling stressed, go out and visit a cherry tree in your neighbourhood. (You can use the VCBF Neighbourhood map to find the trees blooming now in your area). And pleasee maintain social distancing.

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Accolade greetings at Vancouver City Hall

At Vancouver City Hall, it’s the perfect time to see the Accolade cherry trees. They are in full bloom. Petals are not even falling yet.

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From up the steps, near the entrance, you can take close-ups of the blossoms and beautiful architectural details.

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From down the steps, you can take pictures of Captain George Vancouver’s statue.

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Tip: visit when city hall is closed (after 5:00 p.m.) for unobstructed view of the entrance.

Accolade cherry trees are in full bloom in Vancouver right now. Check the VCBF neighbourhood maps and do a Search for Cultivars: Accolade to find them in your neighbourhood.

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Accolade cherry tree (near China Creek Park)

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This Accolade cherry tree is located on BC Parkway (near Glenn), across  China Creek Park. It’s only 2 minutes from VCC-Clark skytrain station.

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The branches crawl up towards the balcony of an apartment building.

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You’ll get beautiful pictures if you go on a sunny day. Unfortunately, it was quite windy when I visited, so a lot of my shots turned blurry.

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80% of the blossoms are out, but there are a few buds left.

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The blossoms have just opened, and yet, they are already falling. So sad!

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Examining fallen blossoms is a good way to get familiar with cherry trees. The thing sticking out of the flower is called a pistil.
 

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Photo tip: This Accolade cherry tree is 80% bloom and the blossoms have already started to fall. Visit in the next 2 days for the best pictures. In 7 days, you can expect a shower of petals.

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Accolade on Broadway (near McLean)

Accolade Broadway McLean by JT March 19 2013

It’s that time of the year when suddenly there seems to be Accolade cherry trees blooming everywhere, so make sure to carry your camera with you at all times!

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During a short ten minute walk to the Broadway/Commercial skytrain station, I came across this Accolade cherry tree on Broadway (between McLean and Clark) in Vancouver.

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The tree doesn’t have much blossoms, and the branches are thin and climbing towards an apartment building, so it’s not a great photography spot, but…

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… I find that sometimes it’s with the oddest tree that you get the best cherry blossom pictures.

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Accolade (Burnaby North)

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On Halifax street (corner of Kensington), the Accolade cherry tree is 30% bloom. I love photographing cherry trees in that early stage when you can capture both blossoms and buds!

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There are two Accolade cherry trees at this location, which means plenty blossoms and buds!

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Photographers tips:  there are lots of low branches on the tree, allowing for good closeups. The light is great all afternoon but especially between 12 and 3, with the sun coming from behind the blossoms. It’s an ideal location for closeup photography.

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Hurry up! Blossoms are already falling, covering the lawn.

What’s blooming now in Burnaby North: there’s a Whitcomb cherry tree on Broadway corner of Cliff. Go down Kensington and turn left on Broadway.