"The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival was founded in 2005 by Linda Poole, its director, to commemorate the 37,000 cherry trees gifted from Japan to the City of Vancouver." Wikipedia
Cherry blossoms are among the earliest of the blooming trees. We have recently had a mild sunny spell and the trees have burst into bloom.
You can enjoy the blooms almost anywhere in the city, especially in the parks; there are guided walks, a bicycle blossom event called Velopalooza as well as music, en plein air painting and writing (haiku) to celebrate the blooming of the cherry trees.
"Haiku (俳句, haikai verse ) listen (help·info) (no separate plural form) is a very short form of Japanese poetry typically characterised by three qualities:
- The essence of haiku is "cutting" (kiru). This is often represented by the juxtaposition of two images or ideas and a kireji ("cutting word") between them, a kind of verbal punctuation mark which signals the moment of separation and colours the manner in which the juxtaposed elements are related.
- Traditional haiku consist of 17 on (also known as morae), in three phrases of 5, 7 and 5 on respectively. Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji. Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables, this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.
missed the bus again.
cherry blossom petals
weightless in my hands.
Here is my attempt at haiku:
sunshine and blossoms
lunch on the deck in springtime
that is perfection!
There are other flowers too:
|Lilac, about to bloom|
|Horse chestnut tree about to flower|
I have been busy in the studio too. There are two more paintings in the seashore series and another teddy bear and tiger image. First the two new seashore paintings:
|"Three dollars in the bank"|
|"Sea Urchin line up"|