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Friday, May 10, 2013

Toronto Sakura

Sakura: defn: A Japanese flowering cherry tree. In High Park here in Toronto there are numerous Somei-Yoshino cherry trees that were donated by Japan back in 1959 and some more back in 2001. It's a very festive time of the year when they finally bloom and the area gets quite busy. I missed out last year due to time and weather among other things. This year the timing was perfect for me and the plans for the day. We had a photo walk scheduled for that morning starting at Jane and Bloor which is a short bike ride from High Park so I left home really early to get there before the crowds arrived. I misjudged the timing and the crowds. Saturday morning at 0820 hrs was when I arrived. The crowds had beaten me to the area. At least it wasn't crazy, stupid busy yet.

I parked my bike by the Grenadier Cafe and walked west to the major location of the cherry blossoms. The day and light were perfect over all. I wandered down the hill taking pictures of trees and people. Trying to angle my shots to get as few people in them as possible. A little difficult at times. I spent about half an hour working the area before packing up and moving on.

Next year I will have to do it again. Except I will go even earlier. Sunrise and cherry blossoms. Hmmmm, now I need a model for it.

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  1. Hi Phil, Realwest posting anonymously again!!!

    These were pretty photos -and I suppose that all those other photographers were friends of yours, right?

    Cause every single photo you have out here today would have been IMMENSELY improved if you could have taken them without anyone in the photos!

  2. I ran across one friend when I got there, then we went our separate ways. Yes it would have been nice to get the pictures without anyone else in them, but it was practically impossible for the great light locations. I am thankful that I got there as early as I did. I kept hearing stories about the huge crowds later in the day. The trouble with Sakura is that everyone shows up as early as possible and there are always crowds when they first blossom. No getting away from it in popular and easy to get to locations.