Colour Me Spring

Blog Post #363

Don’t you love spring? The warmer weather, sunny skies, spring rain… promises of good things to come.

Spring makes me happy — I love to get outside and enjoy the sunshine (or the rain!) and revel in all the colours of this season. After a long, dreary winter, the vibrant shades appearing all around are a soothing balm to the soul.

My favourite spring palette include: the dreamy richness of luscious violet hues, the fresh emergent tints of vernal green, the sunshiny warmth of bright yellow tones, and the bold, sassy bloom of deep pink.


The purple tones of violet have me envisioning fields of lavender or a delicate crocus opening up in the morning sun. I think of early morning sunrises, painting the sky with glorious swathes of iridescent violet vistas.

Lavender Field



Spring means new growth — tiny green buds unfurling on the trees, ready to burst forth in all their fresh, lively tones. Crisp, shiny blades of grass pushing upwards from the fertile ground. Green — ranging from verdant emerald tones of emerging foliage to the quiet hues of velvety moss-covered tree trunks.

Budding Leaves



Is there a cheerier proclamation of spring than a bed of lemony yellow daffodils nodding their heads in the sun? I love this time of rebirth heralded by scampering baby lambs and the soft pastel sweetness of a newly hatched ducklings and chicks. Yellow the colour of happiness!



Deep Pink

One of my favourite colours is deep pink — vivid, whimsical and bold — like the striking blaze as a rhododendron opens its blooms. A pair of playful, vibrant pink rainboots adding a flare of pizzazz to grey, rainy April day.


Pink Rain Boots

These spring colours are a welcome sight as the world awakens from its winter slumber. I know that I feel joyful, happy, and carefree as all the beautiful shades of spring emerge to colour our world. What about you? What are your favourite spring colours?


Spring is in the Air — A Haiku Poem

Blog Post #359

Today is International Haiku Day — so of course, I did what anyone would do — I wrote a haiku!

It was a gorgeous day and my haiku is a tribute to the season. I love walking outdoors and noticing the budding trees and the blossoming shrubs. It lightens my soul and brightens my day to see flowers poking their heads out of the earth, preparing to burst forth in a showy hue. Soon the world will be awash in the beautiful colours of spring: fresh green, vibrant yellow, deep red and bright pink. I love the vibrancy of Spring!


Spring’s beauty unfolds
red tulips wave in the breeze
tree buds unfurl green


Haiku Spring

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The snow has melted
trees stand stark against the sky
spring rain falls softly

Puddle Jumping

Our long, cold winter is over and even though spring has brought more rain than sunshine, we’re happy because the snow has disappeared, the air is warmer and we can feel the promise of summer. Yesterday, on my way to work, I noticed that the trees and shrubs were beginning to bud! I even spotted a few rhododendrons blooming, their vibrant red petals ablaze in the dull morning light.

And at last, the cherry trees are burgeoning with the fresh, delicate pinkness of a thousand flowers just in time for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017. This annual event includes many activities including the popular VCBF 2017 Haiku Invitational  which is now open for submissions. You have until June 1st, 2017 to enter — so grab your pencils and start writing!

Poetry, Things to do

Cherry, Cherry!

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It may be a cliché, but when the cherry trees bloom, I immediately think of haiku. Perhaps, it’s because in the Lower Mainland of BC where ever you walk in the spring, you walk under a blossoming fruit tree. Cherry, plum, apple – their fragrant, delicate flowers never fail to inspire and awe.

If you live in Vancouver or are visiting, you can participate in the annual Cherry Blossom Festival from now until April 17,  and enjoy the beauty of the city in bloom! Tourism Vancouver even has a guide to the best places to view the 40,000 cherry trees exploding with pink and white blossoms!

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival has been an annual community celebration since 2005. Through music, photography, and art, the festival lauds the delicate blooms, promotes learning about the 35 varieties of cherry trees in Vancouver and features the Haiku Invitational Contest. Want to know more history about cherry trees in Vancouver? Read this.

My friend, Dani, (you can read her lovely heritage garden blog here), once encouraged her friends to participate in Haiku Tuesday on her Facebook page. It was so much fun to create the short poems, and even more fun to read other friends’ compositions. Hmm…maybe it’s time to try that again.

One day last week, I saw a gorgeous cherry tree bursting with blossoms — it took my breath away! So, thinking of haiku, I wrote this little poem:

The spring breeze whispers
petals fall soft at my feet
faint fragrance wafts up

Do you like writing haiku? Join in the festivities and submit your compositions to the 2016 Haiku Invitational!


Brynne’s Daily Drawing #04

Daily Drawing #04


Spring Has Sprung

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It was a gorgeous day here in the Lower Mainland — warm, mostly sunny, no wind — perfect weather to be outside breathing in nature. With your sweetheart!

That’s just what I did today.

Bruce and I headed out early this morning — had a bite to eat, did a bit of shopping, then ended up at Bear Creek Park, one of our favourite places for a leisurely walk among trees and plants and a meandering creek.

beaveractivityWe came across a sign warning us that we were in area that has high levels of beaver activity. I was disappointed that I didn’t see any beavers. However, I did see a bunny scamper across our path, disappearing into a blackberry thicket.

It was a delight to see people strolling through the park. Children playing on the playground, spinning crazily on the merry-go-round, soaring on the swings trying to reach high enough to touch the clouds with their toes, lovers walking hand in hand admiring the budding flowers.

bearcreek2I love the outdoors especially on days such as this one. The sun warming the land, leaves bursting from their buds, flowers blossoming forth — splashes of colour so vivid against the backdrop of leafless trees. I rejoice in the midst of such beauty. On days like this, I see the power of the earth, I believe in miracles, and I am thrilled to be alive.


by Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breezethat it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the houseand unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Source: Poetry (April 2000)


Brynne’s Day 2 Drawing: “Cosmic Chrysanthemum”

Cosmic Chrysanthemum