Wednesday, 3 April 2013


This week marks the start of the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival (April 4 to April 30) with events happening all over the city to celebrate the beauty of Cherry Blossoms.

"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?)About this sound listen (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.[1] Any one of the three phrases may end with the kireji.[2] Although haiku are often stated to have 17 syllables,[3] this is inaccurate as syllables and on are not the same.
  • A kigo (seasonal reference), usually drawn from a saijiki, an extensive but defined list of such words. (Wikipedia)

I have included some of the winning haiku from previous years between the pictures:

missed the bus again.
cherry blossom petals
weightless in my hands.
    Monica Wang

blossoms bursting
each tree is a choir
singing to the sun
    Oz Hershfield

along the avenue—
cherry blossoms

Mary Franklin

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
The promise of fruit, the strawberry plants are bursting into life and may start flowering soon.

This bunny was enjoying a carrot.

The red winged blackbirds are nesting.

Not cherry blossoms but beautiful.

The turtles were out sunbathing.

The daffodils in the park were in full bloom too.

This robin was searching for food.

Flowering currant bush:

... and one of my Camellias has started to bloom

All in all a most beautiful time, and I think my favorite time of the year.

Happy Easter and happy spring to all.

"Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift." - Albert Einstein

"God is really only another artist, he made the elephant, giraffe and cat. He has no real style but keeps trying new ideas." Pablo Picasso

So, what is the harm in trying new things, look what marvels have come of it!

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" focuses on sand dollars a delight to kids of all ages.

"Three dollars in the bank"

"Sea Urchin Line Up" is of beautifully coloured sea urchin shells.

"Sea Urchin line up"
 The teddies and tigers are back too. Here is one called "Splish, splash, time for a ..."

All are watercolours, for more details follow this link:

I am delighted that you have dropped by for a visit, Happy Whimsy Wednesday, until next week ..........


  1. The blooms are all gorgeous! Love the rabbit, too!

  2. This is a wonderful post...Brightened up my day.

  3. your sea paintings are marvelous! such talent!

    love the cherry blossoms - well, all the blossoms. the 2nd haiku you shared was marvelous.

  4. Wonderful shots of the cherry blossoms as well as the other flowers and animals.

  5. What a joy to see the blooming cherries! All the blooms, birds and turtle but I cannot praise the rabbit. I absolutely love the Sea urchins! Gorgeous colors Gillian. Happy Spring to you!

  6. i liked your post Gillian.. the beautiful blossoms, the haikus, the paintings.. all most enjoyable! I also learned something new. I've never noticed or thought about "cutting words" in haiku but will be watching now for that concept of kiru. Thanks!

  7. A beautiful series of flower photos and the Cherry blossoms look especially beautiful.

  8. Yes the weather has been fabulous and I have really been enjoying it. Great pictures and I love your paintings. The little one with the bear is my favourite.

  9. It's so beautiful there. Thanks for posting this fresh breath of spring - it's still a LOT like winter here in Ontario.

  10. You are so very prolific...and you must have a real focus to produce so many beautiful paintings all the time.

    I miss the cherry blossoms up here it will be orchards...


  11. That is some gorgeous weather and landscape! Love the flowers but I think the bunny stole my heart:) I would like to see cherry blossom as you do. I've picked cherries once which I remember being a lot of fun....but never have I seen the orchard light up in bright pinks! Beautiful!

  12. Those cherry blossoms sure are pretty. Lots of gorgeous photos here. And of course your paintings are amazing.

    Happy spring to you!

  13. Nice set of pictures - it would seem that spring has sprung for you. Its a very topical rabbit!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  14. How fabulous to see your gorgeous blossom shots.

    Still cold and snowy over here.

  15. So lovely to see the beautiful blooms of spring in Vancouver. I walked to school along tree lined streets in Victoria. Beautiful BC - that says it all!

  16. Gorgeous blooms and your paintings are stunning.

  17. Still waiting for our blooms here ... but they are finally starting to peek out!