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)

White Blossoms

One of the habits that I have adopted since the isolation period due to COVID-19 has been walking most days for an hour in my neighbourhood. My reasons for walking are two-fold: for exercise and for my mental health. I have found that going outside for a walk has helped me with the cabin-fever I was experiencing, as well as my feelings of sadness.

What I currently enjoy on my walks are the beautiful flowers that are blossoming everywhere – on the trees and in gardens everywhere. Their pollen does affect my hay fever but seeing their beauty encourages me to brush aside my discomfort.

Despite some windy days that we have had, many of the small blossoms are still tightly packed between green leaves. I am pleased with that because seeing the small flowers do add plenty of joy to my walk.

Seeing these blossoms this morning made me smile once again – so much so that I had to share their beauty with you. 🙂

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.)

An Array of Spring Flowers

After a number of days during which the skies were grey and rain fell, I was once again able to go on my morning walk. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of blossoms I saw on the trees in my neighbourhood.

Both the small blossoms and the larger ones were a pleasant sight to behold.

Some of the petals have already fallen on the ground due to the battering by the wind. However, some of the plants do have a little protection in the form of wooden fences.

The daffodils, though, are sturdy and nothing prevents them from showing their glory.

I love seeing the flowers in the gardens – they bring joy to my walk.

The variety of the flowering bulbs are a delight to see:

And even though some tulips have been battered by the wind,

others are only now considering to show their glory.

I will enjoy the sight of these blossoms and flowers during the length of their beauty. It is always a pleasure to see them on my walk.

Are you enjoying blossoms and flowers on your daily walk?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Jo’s Monday Walk challenge)

Music Monday: Spring Waltz

As spring unfurls its beauty, one can’t help but think of the compositions that have been created in the past to celebrate the arrival of this season. One of the pieces I enjoy listening to is Chopin’s Spring Waltz. I enjoy the melody and the sound of the piano.

The music, to me, is a beautiful accompaniment to new beginnings.

Which piece of classical music encourages you to think of spring’s promise?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

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 Cover

One of the habits I have acquired during the period of social distancing is to go on a daily walk. My social isolation did not begin in this way but I began to tag along with my husband when he went out. The daily walk has been one way in which to calm my mind as the outside air improves my mood.

This week when we went on our walk, I noticed the signs of spring. The grass is turning green and small flowers can be seen amongst the ground cover.

The sight of the flowers amongst the greenery looks so pretty and makes me smile. It definitely attracts the eye when there is a large patch of it. It is a big contrast to the brown that surrounds it.

Fields filled with the flower must look stunning. However as I live in the city, that is a sight I will not see soon. In the meantime, I will enjoy the small signs of spring that I do see.

Have you seen signs of Spring cover on your daily walk?

© 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.)

Grateful for Spring Days

For the last few days the weather has been perfect! Blue skies, no strong winds, temperatures in the double digits – and no snow!Going outside has been a pleasure. Shedding hats and gloves, pedestrians have a spring in their step. Our neigbourhood park has more visitors of the small human variety. A green sheen is now coating the grounds I walk past. My step certainly has a spring to it and I cannot help but think of my favourite composition by Vivaldi – a beautiful expression of what I am feeling with the warmer weather:

This week I am grateful for the arrival of spring and the warmer temperatures.

Processed with RookieWhat have you been grateful for this week? Share your comments or the link to your post below.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

Jasmine Tree

Every time I walk to my Zumba class, I walk through the park. The scent of jasmine assails my senses before I pass the flowering tree.

Jasmine tree – landscape. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

The scent reminds me of my university days and the huge tree I used to pass on my way to English classes.

Jasmine tree – portrait. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

But at this moment, I enjoy the perfume and the beauty of the flowers.

Jasmine tree – close-up. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

Do you enjoy the scent of jasmine?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

(This post is linked to Paula’s Thursday’s Special in which we are challenged to show the portrait and landscape version of the same scene.)