If you live anywhere but southern British Columbia’s coastline, spring can feel fleeting or outright nonexistent right now. But for folks in Vancouver and surrounding areas, spring is very much here, with the streets and parks exploding with cherry blossoms prove it. Walk, bike or drive around the city and you’ll be rewarded with picture-perfect street after street enveloped in arches of tree branches that are dotted with whimsical pink or white flowers.
Like every year, the city is losing it over cherry blossom season, with visitors and locals alike going to extremes to score the most double-tappable snap.
Artist Lele Chan literally has a front-row seat to the chaos. She lives on one of the most beautiful blossom-filled spots in the city, and her living room window faces a usually sleepy street. But February through April, her hood receives an influx of flower crazed visitors. Chan has been documenting the hysteria that unfolds in front of her home–though she smartly refuses to say exactly where it’s located to avoid even more visitors from causing congestion–on an Instagram account, @cherryblossommadness.
The account sprung up in 2016, but Chan has been using the hashtag ‘#cherryblossommadness’ to document the flower frenzy since 2013.
She’s seen it all, from someone bringing their own ladder (and, um, trespassing on another individual’s private walkway) to get closer to the foliage:
To a T-Rex (likely looking to get a new Facebook profile photo):
Formal weddings snaps:
And folks making multiple (and very public) wardrobe changes:
People get comfy in the middle of the street:
And others lying down on the sidewalk:
People standing beside cars:
And on top of cars:
People are really, really excited about the cherry blossoms:
Even a group of monks popped by for a photo:
And then there was the whole skiing swimwear photoshoot (why?) that took place amongst the blossoms:
(Here’s the professional final shot, in case you were curious about the outcome of skis and swimwear in the street:)
To deter folks from using her front lawn as makeshift photography set, Chan set up some simple pylons and rope to separate her property from the public sidewalk. But cherry blossom opportunists saw the pylons as objects that could be used to prop up their smartphones to achieve a better angle:
There are loads of streets just like this one throughout Vancouver and its suburbs. This handy interactive map shows exact locations, specific tree types and the number of trees you can expect to find in bloom when you arrive at each specific spot.
If you’re going to partake in some cherry blossom exploring before the season ends in a few short weeks, just be conscious of your surroundings. Avoid stomping around someone’s front lawn with a selfie stick just for the sake of a photo and search for a public park space–or at least the sidewalk–instead. Just know, you might not be the the only one snapping a photo.