Summon Down the Spring

Time and space are the tools of the observer.” – Emmanuel Kant

Pale sunlight paints the sidewalk in charcoal shapes, revealing delicate calligraphy previously hidden by cool rain. Patience has fled as winter keeps looking back, finding ways to linger and chase away any warmth.

The signs are all there – the wood smoke of autumn replaced by the exquisite scent of flowers, the crows who were playing just days ago now scouting for leafing trees in which to build sturdy nests for the young yet to come and in the lush green enveloping great swathes of the park whenever I look out my windows.

On a day without a book, a spring-scented rain is falling again, the air alive with the perfume of poplar trees making one dream of summer. Thankfully, photography and art exhibitions are claiming my attention in between bookish worlds – I recently enjoyed a free photography exhibit at the Pendulum Gallery downtown, showcasing the work of Canadian photojournalists bravely documenting our dynamic world, ranging from the tragic earthquake in Mexico in 2017 to last summer’s wildfires up near Williams Lake here in British Columbia. After this rare interlude, I met my friend at the Vancouver Art Gallery (we often meet on a Tuesday to take advantage of the admission by donation hours!) to check out the wild and colourful Takashi Murakami exhibit, spending over an hour taking in all the wonderful ice cream dripping details.

The city is full of photography at the moment with the Capture Photography Festival in full swing – I came across a cool quote (which opens my post) as I took in a small exhibit at the Moat Gallery located at our downtown public library, my next wander is slated for the Listel Hotel on Robson St. to check out, Capture Dreams Powered by Fujifilm, another Group Exhibition taking part in the festival, lovely distractions as my next read remains elusive!

A weekend walk by the ocean yielded some welcome sights underneath a sunny sky – an older gentleman sitting on a worn bench engrossed in Ernest Hemingway, his eyes intent on the pages with the briny scent of the sea wafting through the air, colourful rubber balls being thrown back and forth by happy children on the damp sand and the appearance of once hibernating neighbours on the seawall, faces smiling in the burgeoning warmth, summoning down the spring.

Lush cherry blossom trees found at the end of our street at the edge of Stanley Park (Vancouver, B.C.).

Our favourite trail near the Railway Cafe in Stanley Park is open on the weekends now…we had our first picnic of the season here recently near the Stanley Park Railway ticket office.

There is nothing better than lovely shadows captured on a warm spring day near the Grove in Stanley Park!



About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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48 Responses to Summon Down the Spring

  1. Shirley says:

    Watched the beautiful moon last evening, actually seemed to be almost repetitive circles, competing with a wistful cloud passing by. More smiles on faces as I shop these days, touches of Summer tiptoe in and out of Spring. Keep peanuts in my pocket to feed passing crows and birds, busy protecting their nests. Little buds of colour, blue, yellow, white, stretching out of dampness to reach the sun. The smell of the ocean, earth, and blooms, whistle by on my morning walk.
    Love this post,

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    • Thank you, Mom, for writing about the moon…I somehow missed its beauty and your words have added another lovely layer to my spring post! Thank you for the happy email about our famous crow, Canuck, and his mate Cassiar, who are currently awaiting the birth of their young!


  2. Kim says:

    I hope you continue to enjoy Spring weather and activities. Open air concerts are also nice as the weather warms.

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  3. calmkate says:

    Nice one, you have painted a delightful picture here and do hope that you have some photos in that exhibition πŸ™‚

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  4. I love how you pick just the right details to create a mood of springtime serenity, Kim. Filled with an artist’s eye for beauty. Is Shirley your mom? What a beautiful comment. I can see that your talent runs in the family. ❀

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  5. markmkane says:

    Nice pictures Kimberlee. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a thousand more times, your words are so poetic. The way you describe nature is elegant. You should be a travel writer with the way you capture your surroundings and put a little spin on nature with your unique personality.

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  6. Thank you for taking on this beautiful walk with cherry blossoms and nesting birds Kimberlee – it is a lovely time of year even when Winter occasionally glances back! These photographic exhibitions you visited sound amazing β˜ΊπŸ’– xxx

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  7. Cloud Walker says:

    Fantastic post! Great photography!😊

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by & leaving such a lovely comment…my partner and I love to scout out possible pictures to take, he is often the one who takes the final shot…he would be pleased to read your comment!

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  8. I love that cherry blossom. You are blessed to have so many lovely exhibitions on your doorstep. Happy weekend. 🌼

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  9. Ali Grimshaw says:

    I so enjoyed the description of your opening paragraph. The shift from season to season felt by the heart. Have a beautiful day.

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  10. As always, Beautiful, Kim! I loved the picture you paint of your world in the first paragraph. Your words brought an image running in my mind’s eye. I hope you have many more sunshine-filled days.

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  11. Soooooo impressed and grateful for all that you share, I don’t like to distinguish between the majesty of one offering versus another…having said that, I can’t help but say this is one of my absolute favorites! As I read it, it inspired me to imagine and wish you and I exploded on the literary scene simultaneously. while connecting by way of intersecting book tours πŸ™‚ You are just so authentic and awe-inspiringly talented….thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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  12. librepaley8 says:

    Spring-scented rain. So true.

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  13. Nice post, Kimberlee!

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  14. markmkane says:

    Kimberlee, I had to go back and read your post again because I was just having one of those days at work. There are no windows here so I just had to read it again to have something in my mind’s eye to break the monotony of plain white walls.

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  15. Robin says:

    It all sounds so lovely. I think your words paint just as beautiful a picture as any photograph. πŸ™‚

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  16. In the U.S., Portland, Oregon is my favorite city…But internationally it is Vancouver, hands down. Such a beautiful city, I see Vancouver as the realization of the dream Americans had for our own cities, but never quite accomplished. It is beautiful, well planned, well executed. I recommend it to vacationing city planners everywhere — because THIS is how it’s done!

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  17. neilsonanita says:

    The descriptive passage at the start of this post was simply stunning! You pull the reader in and we experience what you are experiencing. What a skill. Thanks for the follow, and it’s great to connect with fellow writers. Anita.

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  18. Kimberlee, this is a beautiful post! I didn’t know you live right down the street from Stanley Park. What a great location. πŸ™‚ That cherry blossom tree is beautiful. Love the observation quote – my spiritual mentor J-R says how “Observation is the key to letting go.” πŸ™‚ Many blessings and love! Debbie

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