I think one of the (many) reasons I love trees is that I’m really not into flowers and blooms all that much. I love green, and I love foliage. But at this time of year, even I can appreciate this view.
Yes, it’s cherry blossom time. I have no idea if this means more to me because of growing up in Japan, or if many people find that this sight breathtakingly beautiful. In Japan a lot of significance is attached to cherry blossoms — more than I know on the subject can be found here. “Hanami” (literally “flower viewing”) is an important tradition in Japan, celebrated with picnics under cherry blossoms in full bloom. I haven’t attended the event before, but this year is the Third Annual “Sakura Sunday” cherry blossom festival in Portland: April 7, 2013 at the Japanese American Historical Plaza from noon to 3PM.
I have been wanting to get down to the waterfront to photograph the blossoms at the Plaza, but this is spring break week, and family life is particularly busy. I fear the blossoms will have dropped before I can make it to that location, so these shots (taken today on the way from soccer day camp to baseball practice) from a less glamorous spot at the corner of N. Williams and NE Sumner will have to do.
Earlier today, I was disappointed that I might miss the waterfront cherry blossoms this year. Maybe I’ll still get there, but I realize now that I feel very content to have taken the time to appreciate viewing the ones I did encounter today. I wonder how many other lesser known cherry blossom viewing places we have around Portland?