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.


Accolade (Burnaby North)

Accolade cherry tree Halifax Kensington March 17 2013 by jt

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!


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

Accolade cherry tree Halifax Kensington March 17 2013 by jt

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.

Accolade cherry tree Halifax Kensington March 17 2013 by jt

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.