Out of the gray
Over on the corner of Robson & Richards Street, one blossom tree has started sprouting pink blooms. In January! Even though it's a bit disconcerting to hear about plants coming up early - stupid global warming - I have have to say, it was a welcome sight. We really don't have long, cold winters here in Vancouver, but we do have long stretches of gray and rainy days. Seeing a cheerful bubble gum pink flower in the midst of glass buildings, lots of construction and a bit of left over haziness from the past few days really lifted my spirits. Also, the 20 minute walk there and back did me some good as well. I'm pretty sure this area counts as the edge of Yaletown - a fancier part of Vancouver. When I first moved to Vancouver in 1991, this was a dodgy part of town - all run down and pretty skeevy at night. Not anymore! According to the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival website, this is an Accolade Cherry Blossom tree. I'll be following this blog closely until the festival in April. I should find out where the blossoms are in Surrey while I'm at it. Here's to the beginning of a long cherry blossom season!