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Cherry Blossoms 2017 at High Park

Cherry Blossoms 2017 at High Park 

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Cherry Blossoms pictures from Apr 27, 2017 at High Park Toronto:

 

Cherry Blossom pictures from Apr 29, 2017 At High Park :

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Sakura Cherry Blossoms

Sakura Cherry Blossoms

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After the long drawn out winter when finally the snow receded  and all the pristine whitewash of nature was gone, the naked trees  and the soggy ground was  cloaked  in various shades of gray and brown and dominated nature’s palette. 

We did not mind the rain showers in April and, now in May, we wistfully wait for the green hues to manifest and avidly hunt for the emerging new shoots, all of which are representative of new life and new beginnings.

Taking long walks outside our eyes eagerly search for any sign of tiny buds on the tree brunches and bushes, while observing the delightful Robin feasting on insects crawling on the ground.  

Then, before long, there is a buzz of excitement in the air and, armed with cameras, hats and refreshments we hasten to the parks to witness the first emerging blossoms. 

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Our soul unfailingly soars in pure delight feasting at those brilliant blossoms, of which the Sakura Cherry trees enjoy the first honour.  

Regardless of race or creed for that one instant we are one.  All of us, young and old, are just delighted children of nature, enjoying nature’s bounty.

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Other blossoms will soon catch up… and we joyfully look forward to those bonny days ahead when the air gets filled with nature’s intoxicating perfume.

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My heart

That was rapt away

By the wild cherry blossoms—

Will it return to my body?

When they scatter?

KOTOMICHI

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Here’s a video about all the fun at High Park, observing Cherry trees :  https://youtu.be/nj-IyF7NZlI

 

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Here’s some brief info about the Cherry Trees:

Somei-Yoshino Cherry Trees bloom early in High Park.  They were given to Toronto by Japan in 1959. In 2001 (via Sakura Project) the Japanese Embassy donated an additional 34 Cherry trees to High Park. You may find a few more on the CNE grounds, at McMaster University, at York University and the University of Toronto.

The flowers are almost pure white, with a touch of pale pink close to the stem.  These blooms lasts less than a week, falling off before the leaves appear.  The variety that was developed in the mid to late 19th century (at the end of the Edo period and the beginning of the Meiji period) takes its name from the village of Somei (part of Toshima in Tokyo).

The Cherry blossoms usually symbolize clouds (because of their blooming in abundance and all at once). It is also a metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life (which is a Buddhist influence), an embodiment of the concept of “Mono no Aware” (literally “the pathos of things”).  The transience of the blossoms, the great beauty and swift death has frequently been linked with mortality.

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Here are some more pictures depicting the fun on May 6 and 8, 2015 at High Park:

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Fun at the Park

Fun at the Park

Outdoor activities are an integral part of every metropolitan life.  They offer a periodic reprieve from a regimented existence.  They are a necessary ingredient in the maintenance of good health for men, women and their pets.  Nothing surpasses a leisurely stroll down tree lined winding paths under a blossom laden canopy. Now and then you lend a casual ear and eye to the abundant life surrounding you: water fowl splashing in water, countless birds chirping their unique songs, studious tree dwellers with mouths overflowing with nuts and the occasional insects that come forth to check you out.  All this offers a vital regeneration for the soul.

This “Fun at the Park” series is made up of impressionist paintings that illustrate this feeling.

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Cherry Blossoms 2013

Cherry Blossoms 2013

After just three sunny days and above seasonal temperatures Mother Nature presented us with glorious pink cherry blossoms. Metro is decked out in its finery with glorious Cherry blossoms.

My favorite place to view nature’s spectacle has to be High Park, the ever so slightly meandering path flanked on both sides by Cherry Blossoms leading the enthusiastic observer laden with cameras down to the pond. On the left side the low hillside provides many families with the opportunity to frolic or picnic.  What could be better than to enjoying the slight breeze under the shade of blossoms, while resting on colorful blankets and watching the endless parade of children, pet dogs, baby carriages and men and women in colorful attire? The air is filled with the cacophony of cheerful laughter as the crowds make that slow trek down to the Pond. And it does not end there; you may follow the path alongside the pond observing the blossom laden trees against the blue sky with fluffy clouds or the glistening pond dotted with families of geese, swans and ducks.

This spring tradition should not be missed.

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