Vancouver Cherry Blossoms 2008 – part 4

Posted on April 27th, 2008 in Vancouver by andrija

Finally, Kanzan cherries are in bloom!  These are my favourites.  Large pink double flowers.  There’s plenty of trees around Main Street and they already look fabulous even though it will still take a day or two until they’re in full bloom.

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Vancouver Cherry Blossoms 2008 – Part 3

Posted on April 17th, 2008 in Vancouver by andrija

This time around I got to see a bunch of rare cherries.  First off, between Inverness and Knight, on 47th Avenue, there are some Spire cherries.  Probably – because people disagree on the festival thread that discussed them.  These were pretty much finished, there were barely any flowers left on a few trees.

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Supposed Spires looked like this.  Not great pictures but such was the day.

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Before I got to these though, I had to walk through the park on 41st, between Fraser and Knight.  There was a single cherry there, a huge Yoshino (or Akebono).

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Next up, beautiful Accolades which aren’t exactly rare but it’s rare to see any left at this time of the year as they normally bloom in March.  I stumbled upon a few still open flowers.

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Next up are Akebonos, or Yoshinos.  Not sure which cultivar were these as I didn’t pay much attention.  They were just a bit past full bloom.  This was the biggest tree on the block.

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Beautiful cherries.  Very common around here, though.  The second picture is Accolade, by the way.  I sneaked it in.

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Next trees are supposed to be pretty rare, though.  Tai Haku cherries.  Incredible display in Marpole, on 66th or was it 67th?

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And some more.  I think these might be the most beautiful cherries in Vancouver.

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Aren’t these just amazing?

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And finally, Shirotae – Mount Fuji cherry.  These big, white double flowers looked great in full bloom, and the tree was overcome with flowers.

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Vancouver Cherry Blossoms 2008 – part 2

Posted on April 14th, 2008 in Vancouver by andrija

I was out and about on Saturday and Sunday, enjoying the best day this year so far (22 degrees!) in Vancouver and the various cherry blossoms. There are several sources of information about cherries in Vancouver, one is the official Vancouver Cherry Blossom festival and here is another  link to species of cherries in Vancouver. From my observation this weekend, you can see the following cherries right now:

Yoshino cherries – all over town.  This huge one is from VanDusen botanical garden. 

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The next one is from a residential street between the garden and the Queen Elizabeth park.  You can see the closeup of flowers.

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The last one is near my building.

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Weeping Higan Cherries  – in VanDusen botanical garden, should be in full bloom around now (on Saturday they looked like they were a few days short of fully blooming.

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Shirotae (Mount Fuji) cherries – the ones with white double flowers. They are currently blooming at Granville and Georgia, in front of Sears. They are beautiful! Their leaves come at the same time as flowers which makes the combination look even better – green and white. And actually there are three or four of these right in front of my building, just starting to bloom!  If you look carefully at that picture of Yoshinos, you can see a tree with some green leaves, not yet in bloom – that is the same Shirotae, and today they have begun to bloom.

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Takasago cherries – I probably saw them too but didn’t distinguish them from Yoshinos. These should also be in bloom around now and should be frequent in Vancouver.

Taihaku cherries – supposedly very rare in Vancouver. Judging by the picture on the website,they should be blooming now and the one tree that should be easily accessible is one close to the Burrard bridge, on the south side. I’d like to take a look.

Sargent cherries – there are some in full bloom on East 43rd Avenue, between Inverness and Knight streets.  I have not seen those. I did see a single Sargent cherry in the VanDusen garden, also in bloom right now but that one is much more white than these and is presumably not common in this region. P4120066 P4120064

Umineko cherries – near the Queen Elizabeth Park’s duck pond. These were in full bloom over the weekend and are also white-greenish. P4120225 P4120227 While they look similar, they aren`t the same as ones on Georgia street.  The major distinction is that Umineko has single flowers while Shirotae has double flowers.

Windows Vista – it Really does Suck

Posted on April 10th, 2008 in Hardware & Software by andrija

Install the following updates – released on April 9 – only if you feel brave.  The KB948590 causes BSOD upon boot (OS will not boot).  And the KB938371 (the same one causing trouble some two months ago, in a slightly different edition probably!) will cause your mouse to stop working if you let the OS attempt to "update drivers for a device" (which you will be prompted for every time upon boot or even upon plugging in any USB device).

I am not sure if any commentary is needed.  Two major showstopper bugs like that released in ONE day surely qualify as appalling, disastrous performance from Microsoft.  I will very seriously consider going back to XP now, or switching to Mac OS X.

Cherry Blossoms 2008, Part 1

Posted on April 5th, 2008 in Vancouver by andrija

Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has already started almost two weeks ago, but cherries are only now in full bloom at Burrard station where it usually opens.  However, there are many cherries in bloom around the city, it’s just that you may have to know where to look if you’re looking for early blossoms.  The most commonly found Yoshino trees are still not in bloom.  At any rate, there are plenty of blossoming cherries downtown.  My skills as a tree photographer are terrible and as you may notice, my Sony point and shoot is severely lacking as well; I didn’t want to drag my big camera as I had no idea I’d run into so many nice blossoms. Looking at the Festival website, these are Akebono cherries.

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