CHERRY TREE BLOSSOMING SEASON
Ahh, Spring!!! The blossoming of cherry blossoms and warmer weather always brings a smile upon my face. Cherry blossoms, aka Sakura, are Japan's national flower which symbolize clouds, spring time, renewal and the fleeting nature of life. The pastel pink hue always outshines other trees and when I see them, I know that I have to act quickly to photograph.
In the Sacramento area, cherry blossoms are very time sensitive and their beauty peaks typically for two weeks during the end of March. Depending on the weather and rainfall, the blossoms then start to fall. Cherry blossoms remind us that life is short and to pay attention. They are a sight to see and perfect for capturing photos. This 2019 year, I was thrilled to photograph a friend's family Maternity session at McKinley Park in Sacramento, CA while they were in bloom. It was the golden hour and the lighting was perfect. I couldn't have asked for a better session.
Cherry: The Last Spring
“Look at the cherry blossoms! Their color and scent fall with them, Are gone forever, Yet mindless The spring comes again. " Ikkyu
“What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms.”
― Kobayashi Issa, Poems
“Come see the cherry trees of a water constellation and the round key of the rapid universe, come touch the fire of instantaneous blue, come before its petals are consumed." Pablo Neruda