It’s cherry blossom time all over the world!
From now until May devoted fans of the lovely blossoms will be watching out for their colourful arrival. My picture is from the Algarve in southern Portugal where cherry blossom time is already being celebrated.
In Washington, USA, James Perry, chief of resource management for the Park Service, cheered up the winter-weary this week with the news that the trees have braved severe weather and should reach peak bloom between April 8 and 12.
On the other side of the world, the Japanese are probably the most besotted nation of all when it comes to cherry blossom time.
Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival, hailed as the “nation’s greatest springtime celebration,” marks the anniversary of Japan’s gift of 3,000 trees to Washington in 1912
In Japan, the season usually begins around March in sub-tropical Okinawa, the southernmost island, and works its way up through Kyushu, Shikoku, and Honshu arriving in northernmost island Hokkaido last, usually in May. The sakura – as it is known – is a signal of the coming of summer and it’s time to get out the camera and capture a pretty picture of a tree in bloom. My picture here was taken in May in Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, which, by the way, is a great city.
In Japan it’s also a traditional time for open air picnics and enjoying a drink with friends and family under the trees in the afternoon and evening. People bring home-cooked meals, do BBQ, or buy take-out food to celebrate the blossoms and the coming of the summer.
I would like to run pictures from around the world on the cherry blossoms as they appear. You can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org