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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Early Spring 2010 Vancouver


Rhododendron Flowers, 2010, Kirsten Chursinoff

It's the end of February. The seagulls are guarding their nesting sites on the rooftop beside our building; the herons have re-inhabited their heronry/rookery in Vancouver's Stanley Park; and spring is generally early all across the city. The cherry blossom trees have been blooming for a couple of weeks now and the rest of the trees are skeletal, but show signs of returning life. Last years' nests are still visible and robins are poking around in the grass. A visit to the Ted and Mary Greig Rhododendron Garden yielded some early shrubs in full-flower. It was raining a little, so the photos are a bit blurry.


Rhododendrons


Magnolias


Just a few of the hundred or more nests in the Stanley Park heronry.


Hellebores


White blossoms


Flowering tree of some sort?

Plenty of inspiration for my upcoming "Garden Stories" exhibition in New Westminster.


Oops, this last one is from our trip to Victoria last weekend.

2 comments:

Chris said...

Hi Kirsten,

Great photos of the Grieg garden. We noticed the "flowering tree of some sort" too and wonder what it is--perhaps a relative of witch hazel? Beautiful, whatever it is... :)

Lorraine K said...

Oh this makes me so homesick for BC at this time of year, even though I have been away for decades. Spring is a couple of months away here yet, so I am enjoying yours vicariously. Lovely photos!