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.