Stop & Smell the Flowers

This long weekend I had the pleasure to spend some quality time with a few good friends whom I don’t see enough, due to our busy lives and schedules. Since Spring is upon us, we wanted to take advantage of the weather to go for a walk, searching for Cherry Blossoms at High Park.

Despite the fluctuation between sun and rain while we were at the park, I’m glad we were able to catch a glimpse of the remaining Cherry Blossoms and saw other beautiful flowers and plants too.

I had an opportunity to try some of my amateur photography skills. I’m excited to share with you the beauty of Spring at High Park because I think my photos did justice to what we witnessed at the park. Enjoy! πŸ™‚

 

The famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms that return every Spring at High Park

The famous Japanese Cherry Blossoms that return every Spring at High Park

 

Gorgeous magnolias, that we mistaken for Cherry Blossoms at first when we couldn't find any. hehe

Gorgeous magnolias, that we mistaken for Cherry Blossoms at first when we couldn’t find any. hehe

 

Bright, colourful and cheerful tulips, another sign of Spring

Bright, colourful and cheerful tulips, another sign of Spring

 

I am not sure what type of flower this is, but I love the vividness of the purple, and since it's my favourite colour, I took a close up of it. ^^

I am not sure what type of flower this is, but I love the vividness of the purple, and since it’s my favourite colour, I took a close up of it. ^^

This weekend’s nature walk with my friends through the sun and rain helped me to remember that no matter how crazy busy life gets, we still need to take time to stop and smell the flowers along the way, on our own and/or with people we treasure. This thought reminded me of this beautiful quote/poem by Bruce Williamson, which I would like to leave with you as food for thought:

β€œWalk in the rain,
smell flowers,
stop along the way,
build sandcastles,
go on field trips,
find out how things work,
tell stories,
say the magic words,
trust the universe.”

 

Happy Spring to all of you out there! πŸ™‚

XO,

Violet

 

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12 thoughts on “Stop & Smell the Flowers

  1. Violet, Your Spring photos are beautiful and the vivid purple ones are violets – how fitting!
    So happy that you had a chance to catch up with friends – our lives get very busy indeed and it’s so nice to stop and smell the flowers isn’t it?

    • Hi Maureen, thank you for stopping by in my little corner, and taking your time to read and comment. You are absolutely right, it’s indeed nice to stop and smell the flowers. πŸ™‚ We have to meet up sometime soon to catch up over some beautiful flowers! πŸ˜‰ xoxo

  2. I love High Park but haven’t been for a few years. Beautiful photos, Violet! They capture the spirit of spring. We took some today too (with magnolias) for a new post I’ll be posting soon. Just wish the blossoms would last longer.

    ❀ carmen

    • Hi Carmen! Good to hear from you. πŸ™‚ Thank you; as the weather is getting nicer and warmer, you should definitely go and check out High Park again. ^^ I guess the blossoms don’t last long as they symbolize life but also how fleeting life can be, that’s why we need to enjoy every single moment. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to your magnolias post!! xo

  3. The pictures are beautiful Violet! I just love all the vivid colors of flowers and this time of year. It’s so beautiful. Here in Texas it’s still warm , but not too hot and is soooo enjoyable to be outside. Spring makes me very happy.

    • Hi Brandi, thank you for stopping by and commenting. πŸ™‚ I also love all the flowers in Spring, and Spring makes me so happy too. It’s like a new beginning for all where we can all dream, hope, be more active after a long winter, and enjoy the beautiful weather and sceneries! I would love to visit Texas one day and experience Spring there! ^^ Happy Spring! πŸ™‚ xo, Violet

  4. Beautiful photographs! Funny enough, I think (but I’m not sure) that the unidentified purple flower is a violet, so no wonder why you loved it so much! hee hee

    Thanks for reminding us to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy every moment. Sometimes i get caught up in “what’s next”…it’s like what they say “life’s a journey, not a destination”.

    • Hi Naomi, thank you for your lovely comments and perhaps the flower is a violet indeed! I’m going to google it and see if it really is. πŸ˜‰

      Happy to have reminded you to stop and enjoy the flowers while we go through our everyday life. I love the quote you shared with me, and I agree that life is a journey, and not a destination! πŸ™‚ xo, Violet

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