While we're on the subject of cherry trees, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing and is presenting its second annual Bike the Blossoms on Saturday (tomorrow) from 10 am till 4 pm. The start is at Vancouver's Van Dusen Botanical Gardens plus a number of other start points. The 23 km circular route is fairly easy and has farmer's markets and eateries along the route. If you live in the Greater Vancouver area, for more information check out their website at http://www.vcbf.ca/bike-the-blossoms for the details and to register.
Bees of all sorts are important pollinators, so bumblebees were busy collecting nectar at the spring heather that blooms in beds near the Horizon Restaurant at the western end of Burnaby Mountain (see centre of photo above).
The view from this end of the mountain is fantastic. The image above shows Capital Hill in the centre, downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park behind that and the Coast Mountains to the right. There is yet another view below.
Above, there is Capital Hill and a better view of the Coast Mountains to the right with a closer view of Capital Hill below. Both Burnaby Mountain and Capital Hill are sedimentary in nature. They were left by the retreating glaciers and so are different in structure from that of the Coast Mountains.
Then the photo below shows a rain shower in progress in North Vancouver as seen from the mountain (centre background).
I also saw a guy trying out his parasail technique on Burnaby Mountain as well. The wind varied and would die suddenly for no reason before building again. It was after watching him for a while that I noticed a Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) fly overhead east-northeast toward Burrard Inlet and the mountains. There are a lot of updrafts allowing for soaring! I've seen about five eagles so far this year as opposed to 17 of them last year.
The image above shows a close-up view of Hastings Street in Burnaby looking west and the one below shows Metrotown, also in Burnaby.