South of the Fraser

Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langleys

Cherry blossoms along 102 Avenue

Cherry blossoms


Could the year be complete without a picture of a cherry tree in bloom?

This one is on 102 Avenue, between King George Boulevard and 140 Street. I took the picture with the phone, which did a decent job. It helped that it was just past dawn, so the light was beautifully horizontal.

In the brief span of time they're in bloom my favourite time is when the leaves start to poke through the petals. They start off pink, as if the petals pigmentation has rubbed off on them.

Music in the park: Mohamed Assani

Sounds of Summer at Fleetwood Gardens August 6

Mohamed Assani on Sitar at Fleetwood Gardens August 6, 2014


This last outdoor concert in the City of Surrey's 2014 "Sounds of Summer" series was Wednesday, August 6. It wasn't on the original brochure, but a concert in July had been rained out.


Read more: Music in the park: Mohamed Assani

Cherry tree at King George Skytrain Station

Cherry tree blossoms

King George Station's lone cherry tree makes a brave effort


It's not quite the same effect as the rows of cherry trees at Burrard Street Station, but King George Station has its own pink-blossomed tree.

When I took this shot the flowers were just a bit past their peak. Hints of bright green were starting to poke their way out the stems, creating a lovely combination of pink and green against the dark wet bark.

close-up of a few of the cherry blossoms


Every day the green bits grow a bit bigger. Soon all the bird nests will become invisible. This one is just around the corner from the Skytrain station:

Possibly a thrush's nest, soon to be hidden by leaves

Yes, it did snow

It seems hard to believe, but yes, for a few days in mid-December there was snow on the ground.

By Christmas it was almost all gone and hardly more than a hazy memory. Here are a few pictures from Holland Park:

The water feature at Holland Park

Read more: Yes, it did snow


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