Sakura Season!

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom │ NEX-7 & SEL18200LE │ 179mm, ISO 1600, f/6.3, 1/200, RAW

It's started!

More blossoms

More blossoms

Cherry Blossom viewing, or hanami, is a popular pastime in Japan each spring. Though we were excited for our first, we're now on our third! Originally, we wondered why on earth the Japanese seem to treat each "sakura season" as if it were the first one. They never tire of it. Now we're starting our third, we know why.

White and Pink

White and Pink

The hanami (lit. flower see) season is characterised by the impressive blossom of the Japanese Cherry Blossom, sakura sakura. People gather underneath these fruitless cherry trees, and have drinking parties, always with cameras nearby.

This particular sakura season has snuck up on us. Only the other day, I was saying how the ume blossom were still not quite at their peak, yet here we are, scrambling to find a space in the park!

Sweeping down

Sweeping down

Almost there...

Almost there...

High Contrast

High Contrast

This is only the beginning of what is hopefully going to be a fantastic sakura season. Stay tuned!

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