The first couple of blooms I saw were along my walking route. There is a canal that has some trees along the side of it that happen to be cherry trees. There are also a couple out side of a tiny shrine along the canal.
|I love this picture. Mostly because it reminds me that blue skys do actually happen....|
|The shrine behind the barely blooming cherry blossoms.|
I went to our local park and took some pictures of the trees a couple days later once the trees were in full bloom. It was a Thursday evening but the park was full of people enjoying the trees. I wandered around for a while taking pictures and then decided to just flop down under the trees and look up through the blossoms. It was really lovely. The ground was soft and mossy. I learned when I finally got up that the reason why everyone else had a little tarp is that Japanese moss is like Velcro and is impossible to get off of clothing, oops.
|Cherry trees along the pond in the park|
|Laying on my back looking up through the blossoms|
|I just liked this one with the trees in the background|
After the photo shoot we set up our own little tarp and had a little picnic. We enjoyed the warm weather (it was the warmest day since early fall and felt lovely!), cherry blossoms and people watching. Here are some of my favorite pictures from the day.
|I love the contrasting colors of the cherry blossoms|
|Had to put in just one more pink on pink blossom picture|
|Such a huge proliferation of blossoms!|
|This was back down in the more crowded area of the park. You can see there are a lot of people enjoying the day. This is a small park in a small town. Some of the more popular spots near the cities get insanely crowded.|
|The hills through the trees.|
|I liked this one because it showed the canopy of trees and people out enjoying them.|
|Petals cover the ground, in places it almost looks like snow.|
|An avenue of cherry trees along the river with lanterns strung up between them.|
|The bridge through the trees. You can see the lack of pale pink petals on the branches.|
|Yes, I'm having fun with my new camera and being able to adjust focal lengths.|
|The bridge peaking out from the tree.|