Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge – Week 1

….thanks to Cee for hosting the Fun Foto Challenge using the words Geometry, bushes, window, brick, curtain, green, tan, wall, building, dark red, tree

Square Window Panes with Geometric Shapes

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Dark Red Over Green
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Rectangular Window Looking Out at a Tree
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Rectangular Sign in Front of Green Bushes
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Geometric Lattice Work in Front of a Green Tree
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Tan Coloured Stone Wall with Green Tree Boughs in Front
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Green Trees and Shrubs with a Rectangular Sign in the Left Corner
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Tan Coloured Building with Red Trim Surrounded by Green Trees
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WPC – All Time Favourites

…..I can’t believe it but this will be the last photo challenge posted by WordPress

How do you choose your all time favourites from over 22 000 photos? I’ve managed to narrow it down to four but I’m sure that I’ll come across others that I like as much.fullsizeoutput_6f42
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Celebrating the Cherry Blossoms

…..the cherry blossoms in High Park have bloomed but won’t last much longer

The blooming of the cherry blossoms in High Park is a big deal. Every year hundreds of thousands flock to the west end of Toronto to take in the cherry blossoms. In 1959 the  Japanese ambassador to Canada, Toru-Hagiwara, presented 2000 Japanese Somei-Yoshino Sakura trees to the citizens of Toronto on behalf of the citizens of Tokyo. The trees were planted in appreciation of Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians following the Second World War.

Sakura is the Japanese name for flowering cherry trees and their flowers – often referred to as cherry blossoms. The Japanese traditional custom of hanami or “flower viewing” dates back to 710-794 when the Chinese Tang Dynasty influenced Japan with their custom of enjoying flowers. Today when the Sakura trees bloom, Japanese people and people from all walks of life and cultures continue the tradition of hanami, gathering in great numbers along the pathways on the eastern shore of Grenadier Pond in High Park.

Thanks to the High Park Nature Centre for the information about the history of the Cherry Blossoms in High Park. If you get out in the next couple of days you can still catch some of the blossoms before they fall to the ground.

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