Cherry Blossoms

It’s spring time again and cherry blossoms will soon be blooming. I saw a post on our local 24 hour news station that there will be a National Cherry Blossom Festival taking place this year in Washington D.C. from March 20 – April 27. Also known as sakura in Japan, it is the flower of many trees of the genus Prunus. Hanami is the practice of picnicking under a sakura tree. People eat and drink sake. I once had a friend (I actually have a few friends) who went to Japan to teach english. This one particular friend was known to write few and far in between, but when he did, they were like novels. He did experience this tradition with his Japanese friends and in so many words, enjoyed more so the art of picnicking where sake was involved. In the words of Wikipedia, “In Japan, cherry blossoms also symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life…” You can read up on it yourselves by Googling it. For now, I want you to enjoy these photos I took from last year in High Park, Toronto. It was hard to predict when they would bloom, and when they did, the weather was warm and people came en masse. Unfortunately, there is only one cherry tree in Mississauga’s Kariya Park, named after our twin city in Japan.


© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

On an early misty morning in May 2011, I woke up early and walked over to Kariya Park to take a picture of this scene.

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Bed of Stones

© Grecel Nepomuceno 2011

Learning photography is exciting and I get to finally pursue what I love. I first learned photography in high school and left it for a long time. I was a bit sceptical of digital cameras when they first came out. I found the quality of photographs not great. I noticed the difference and saw how pixelized they look. Now that digital cameras have improved, I bought myself a Nikon D7000. This photograph was taken on a cloudy day at Kariya Park. I kept having to run for cover when it rains. Alas, a photograph I’m proud of. Minimal editing was done in Lightroom.

Published in: on August 23, 2011 at 9:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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