Weeeel, I never did quite understand these things. In Vancouver, they have bears that are painted in all sorts of imaginative ways; at the Poppy Festival last month, the animal of choice was antelope (Lancaster is in the Antelope Valley). Who first decided that a plastic animal would make an ideal canvas? Perhaps some overachiever to whom Easter eggs no longer sufficed. Kidding aside, though, this one would be hard to beat for a lovely choice of decoration: The artist is named Yin Ping Zheng; he specializes in some very lovely Chinese-style watercolors (one of the booths far in the background of the picture above is his). The blossoms here are almost as good as the real thing, eh?