4 February is Li Chun – the start of the season of Spring in the Chinese Lunar calendar.
A lot of people might not know that, actually our Lunar New Year starts on Li Chun Day or Lunar New Year will only be considered as Officially Arrived after Li Chun Day.
Li Chun Day is a day to mark the start of a New Lunar Year and also, to mark the Arrival of the Spring Season.
Usually after Li Chun Day, most of the plants will start to grow again, snowing will slowly cease and accumulated ice will start to melt etc.
One sign of Spring is the blossoming of flowers. Here are some peach blossoms seen at night. Night is about to phase out and turn into day. What a wonderful sight! PS Picture taken by my classmate YM Chan in Japan.
Think I have to conclude my series of this week’s WPC with this post.
Spring connotes the idea of life, new life, freshness and joy.
The water and waterfalls at Plitvice lakes with the flowers blooming perhaps are indeed symbols of Spring – a symbol associated with new hope.
While there, we felt like we were walking in Eden.
It was early Spring and it has been raining. We encountered very few visitors that day.
So, we felt like we were in a world of our own – our Eden :-)
Geneva is not just about the lake and the fountain. Although the lake, the boats and the swans there are just lovely.
We were there in the early Spring of 2012.
We went hiking the hills. The grass is so green but many of the trees were still bare.
Some commented that the green view of grass in Geneva is a bit boring, so I have never posted these images.
To me, they are just soothing to the eyes!
This week’s WPC is Spring.
I count myself blessed – where I live, one side faces the sea while the other, a hillside slope with trees.
This image was taken just a couple of days ago on the slope side.
The trees have turned yellow with some tiny flowers.
Spring has definitely arrived!
PS The trees are Acacia Confusa. In this part of the world, the common species is Formosa Acacia.
Even in my retirement, I want something to cheer up when starting on a new week.
After several weeks of rain, the kind Sun did show his face yesterday, However, this could be brief; forecast is that it will be followed by at least several rainy and cloudy days.
My mind still wanders back to February / March when our hearts were uplifted by the yellow rapeseed flowers in Luoping, Yunnan of China.
I hope you don’t mind me posting a few more images showing similar but not identical view of the yellow fields.
What a joy it was to walk among the yellow fields. We felt blessed to be there strolling the fields when the flowers were in full bloom.
While I tried to take pictures without tourists in the images, but sometimes I feel that their presence would further remind us of the happy time when we were down at the fields.
Have a great week :-)
Spring has sprung, at least in subtropical regions like Hong Kong.
There is an abundance of this flower blooming, signifying that Spring has finally arrived.
This is a flower which is quite unique in Hong Kong. It is known as the Hong Kong Orchid Tree or Bauhinia blakeana . So special that this flower is adopted as a logo on the regional flag and emblem of the HK Government .
This beautiful flower was found by a father of the French Mission in HK in 1880. The flower was then cultivated by twig planting. Research has found that this tree is in fact a cross between Bauhinia purpurea and Bauhinia variegata by artificial cultivation and cannot yield seeds or propagate naturally.
The related species Bauhinia variegata is also in full bloom with their light pink and white flowers. The picture below shows a tree with light pink flowers on the left and an adjacent tree with white flowers on the right.
If Spring has arrived in the subtropics, it won’t be too far behind in the rest of the Northern hemisphere!