Sunday, 26 April 2009

Cherry Blossom Magic

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The Flowering Cherry trees are in bloom here and this weekend I managed to get some photos to share. These were all taken in Elgin, Moray. A whole row of trees outside the hospital...

closer...
...and even closer!

More trees in town.

The flowerbed full of tulips behind the cherry trees. Aren't the colours amazing?


And finally - I couldn't resist this cheeky Spring Sparrow, who has a nest in the bush below this sign and was NOT going to be scared off by a silly human taking photos. ;-)

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18 comments:

  1. Oh my God! They are goregeous. You're Spring is so much further ahead than ours. All we have are buds on the trees right now. At least I know it's coming. Fantastic pics. And yes, a cheeky Sparrow. That's a big Sparrow to me. I missed out on a great photo op last week end when a Hawk floated about 20 feet above my head. What an amazing wing span. I'm just glad he wasn't too hungry!

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  2. pretty trees and pretty blossoms. i remember i was in washington dc once and saw the blossoming trees along the whatever river. very neat.

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  3. Bogey
    They are gorgeous. My favourite memory is standing in the park in Edinburgh under these trees. I was eating strawberry ice-cream from a tub with cherry blossom petals falling around me... the same colour as the ice-cream. Pure magic. :-)

    Derik
    That sounds beautiful too. I prefer flowering trees to flowers on shrubs. Somehow more impact on a tree. Like you say, very neat. :-)

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  4. stunning!! Somehow I hadn't thought of Scotland in terms of cherry blossoms. What I love about the sparrow is its total disregard for human regulation... no badge... no wheelchair. Gutsy little thing ;)

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  5. A riot of colours! well certainly brightened my day michelle :)

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  6. That's beautiful, purple... It looks more interesting that the pink and white you see..

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  7. Tint

    LOL I hadn't thought of that about the sparrow. Cheeky blighter! ;-)
    As a South African what I find fascinating is that here there are two kinds of sparrows. The "mossies" we grew up with in Southern Africa are house sparrows. This guy is a hedge sparrow. They are slightly different in head colour, but I can't really tell the difference, except one bunch nest in houses (the kind the 1820 settlers brought out to Africa) and the others nest in bushes etc.

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  8. Hi Vasant

    These trees make me smile every time they flower too. :-)

    Hi Shan

    I haven't seen you in a while, or visited your blog. Hope you're doing well. It must be autumn in your part of the world now? :-)

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  9. Beautiful. It would be lovely just to sit underneath them and have a picnic.

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  10. LOVE the pics. ABSOLUTELY gorgeous. Over here no buds yet he he he...

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  11. Pete
    I'd love one in my garden. I'd put a bench under it to sit and have tea with blossoms around. :-)

    Amel
    You have a LONG winter, but at least you must have lots of sun by now? Our sun is setting at about 8:30pm. I love the long summer evenings. It makes up for the cold.

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  12. I love pink. Especially pink in nature.

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  13. Hi Orone

    Isn't it amazing how most colours look better in nature? Some greens look terrible together in paint or sewing, but put them on trees and... beautiful!

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  14. Yeah...the sun is up a long time and soon it'll be non-stop 24 hours a day. I LOVE it, too, 'coz it kind of "substitutes" the totally dark month in December he he...

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  15. So beautiful! I wish they would stay like that all year! :D

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  16. I've been enjoying fresh cherries for about a week now. I LOVE cherries. I've yet to ever seen a cherry tree in person though, gasp, gorgeous!

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  17. Genie

    From what I've noticed the less flashy white cherry blossom = edible cherries. These fancy coloured pink-purple trees seem more flowers, but not really much to show for fruit. Like those gorgeous fancy roses that have no perfume.

    But you can easily forgive a tree that is that darn beautiful. :-)

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