Portrait of Blossom Tree

I have been walking past a tree filled with blossoming buds for weeks now. At the beginning of last week, the tree was in full flower – it looked stunning and I could not help but admire the sight.

I have no idea what type of tree this is, but I do admire the size and beauty of its blooms.

When I took photos of the tree, some of the petals had already fallen to the ground. The surrounding area looked so pretty – just like it would in a picture book.

Seeing the tree was definitely an added pleasure to my walk. The blooms indicated that I was passing the mid-Mark of my exercise period.

I no longer see the beauty of these blossoms as the tree is now fully green. I do remember their beauty, though, and look forward to seeing the blooms once again next year.

Do you know the name of this tree and it’s flowers?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Sunday Stills photo challenge)

A Flower Treat

Yesterday I was unable to walk in the morning as it was raining when I woke up. I missed being outside but I knew, according to the weather forecast, that I would be able to walk today. I took my usual route which allows me to achieve my goal of 10 000 steps.

I passed by a house that has not showcased any flowers up until now and I could not help but admire the beauty of the flowers that had recently opened up. The colour stands out to me as it is my favourite, and the flower is always impressive.

I look forward to seeing these flowers again on my next walk. I hope their beauty is on display for a couple of weeks.

What made you smile this morning?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Enjoying the Sight of Spring Flowers

One of the pleasant aspects of my early morning walks is the sight of the spring flowers I see along the way. What I see often amongst the grass are these tiny pretty blue flowers (I don’t know what they are called). They look so pretty along the sidewalks and in gardens that have not been mown.

One of the homes I pass by has planted a few bright flowers in one of their flowerbeds – there are too many of them but they do brighten up the space.

The most glorious sight is that of the daffodils. Their bright yellow colour definitely brightens any sight I see on my walk. Some gardens have only one or two bubs that have sprouted; but some have quite a number.

Not all bulbs have flowered. I cant wait for the tulips to show their beautiful heads.

Blossoms are starting to show up in trees and I think this tree will have a magnificent showing once the buds have all opened.

Each day on my walk, I look out for more signs of spring. I noticed yesterday that some buds are beginning to unfurl their green leaves. I look forward to seeing their bounty.

Are you enjoying the sights of spring?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to the Six Word Saturday challenge)

Cheerful Spring Daffodils

Last week I started walking every morning to ensure that I get some exercise and breathe in a little outside air. Walking in the morning has made going outside more regular for me instead of waiting for the afternoon to go out. By the afternoon, my energy is spent and I have no desire to go out. At least morning walks prevent me from spending day after day within our apartment walls.

Besides the exercise, another benefit of going outside has been the chance to see the signs of spring. Slowly the grass has turned green and, a few days ago, I saw that the daffodils in gardens have bloomed.

The sight of the yellow flowers is a cheerful one – especially when they are surrounded by plants that have not yet woken up from winter.

Each morning I pass these clusters of daffodils and I cannot help but smile. I now look forward to seeing the tulips flower.

Have you noticed any daffodils flowering on your daily walks?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Becky’s Square Challenge. During the month of April, we are challenged to share photos featuring #squaretops)

Spring is Near

On Saturday after my exam, I stopped by the fruit and vegetable store to buy some produce. While waiting at the cashier, I could not resist picking up a pot of daffodils. They hadn’t bloomed yet but I knew that they would look lovely when they did.

Yesterday when I got home, I saw that most of the flowers had opened. So beautiful! The colour definitely brightens up our living room and serves as a reminder that, even though it is still cold outside, Spring is around the corner.

What has made you smile this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Sunny Flowers

When my son came over for our weekly Sunday dinner, he brought the family a gift.

Sunny Flowers. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The yellow flowers cheer up our living space. I cannot help but smile when I get home and see them on display.

What has made you smile this week?

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Flowering Cactus

January was gloomy (during which we saw the sun only on 16 days!) and February promises to be no better. The short, grey-laden skies day after day demotivates a person and encourages gloom. It is difficult to remain upbeat when the blue skies are hidden and the sun makes a rare appearance.

At the end of last week, I noticed something that made me smile with pleasure. It is a sight that brightens my day when I walk into my bedroom at the end of a day’s work.

Flowering Cactus. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The bright pink flowers on my cactus bring me double pleasure: the beauty of the flowers on a grey winter day; and the fact that this is the first time my cactus is flowering in the three years that I have had it. This is a flower that encourages me to smile every day.

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmileWhat made you smile this week?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post was inspired by Trent’s Weekly Smile, a challenge which focuses on sharing all things positive.)

Phoenix Flora

photo 2 (95)At the beginning of my summer break, my children and I accompanied my husband on a business trip to Phoenix, Arizona in the United States. On our first day there, the children and I took a walk around the hotel and its environs. As I expected, we saw a variety of cactus-like plants in the flower beds. Some I had not seen before and were interesting to look at. We also saw interesting looking insects buzzing around the plants but they were too fast to capture in a picture.

photo 1 (95)Some of the cacti I recognised from South Africa. These were surrounded by small yellow flowers in the bed (these I had not seen before). I noticed as well that the bed was covered in small stones – probably to help keep the moisture in the soil. The look definitely added a desert-like feel to the arrangement – as did the overwhelming heat. The heat was dry and was preferable to the humidity we experience in Toronto.

photo 4 (60)What I did not expect to see in Phoenix were the palm trees that line many walkways. Palm trees make me think of warm islands and ocean beaches; not of deserts and large cities. I would expect to see these plants in a place like Miami; not in a place situated in Arizona. I did learn later that these trees are not indigenous to this southern state in America.

photo 3 (76)We enjoyed our walk but were eager to go back to our air-conditioned room, change into our swimsuits, and go to the pool for a refreshing swim. With the temperatures above 40 degrees centigrade, it was advised that we avoid visiting the botanical gardens. We took the advice and preferred to leave that visit for another time. We did have a taste of the flora, though, on our walk.

cees-fun-fotoDo you enjoy looking at desert flora?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The prompt for this week is sense of seeing.)

Grateful for Gifts of Flowers

The end of the school academic year is near and I have been cleaning the classroom: washing and disinfecting toys, packing up items so the room can be cleaned during the summer break, taking down posters from the walls, preparing the children’s portfolios and sending them home. I have also been boxing my things as I am teaching a different grade next year and therefore have to move classrooms.

The end of the year also brings the concert for the parents, the class party to celebrate the end of the school year, and the teacher’s gifts. The parents this year have been very generous in showing their gratitude to me. Last week, before a student of mine left for an early vacation, he presented me with this potted plant:

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

A Gift of Appreciation. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

The flowers are beautiful and they look lovely on my dresser. I know that I will think of the child who gave it to me every time I pass them by.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
My Gift of Orchids. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

This week I am grateful not only for the gift of orchids, but also for the acknowlegement of so many parents for the work I have done with their children this year. It makes all the extra effort I put in well worth it.

What have you been grateful for this week?

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Grateful for Spring’s Arrival

For the past week and a half, we have been enjoying the arrival of Spring. The temperatures are above zero, the birds are singing, and the grass is greening. As my colleagues and I stand outside supervising the children at play, we turn our faces to the sun and enjoy the fact that we are hatless and bootless. My favourite part of the season has to be the appearance of colourful blooms in planters and in gardens. I enjoy seeing the bright yellow of daffodils and the the riotous colour of pansies that I pass each day on my way to work. 

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2015
A Spring Planter. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2015

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(Join me and share something that you have been grateful for in the past week. Link up with my post and feel free to use the badge my daughter created. )

I enjoy reading what others are grateful for – the posts make me think of other things I am happy to have in my life. Please remember to send me a pingback so that I know you have participated.