Writing with Light

Sakura

Project 52 Entry #45

On Saturday afternoon my brother-in-law called to tell me that he had gone out early in the morning to shoot the Cherry Blossoms in High Park. To be honest I didn’t know we had Sakura trees (better known as Cherry Blossoms) in Toronto. Armed with this information I planned to get up early on Sunday and get down to High Park for sunrise to shoot these beautiful trees as they were in full bloom.

The weather in Toronto on Saturday was beautiful…sunny and warm, unfortunately Sunday was a different story altogether. I was up and out of the house at 5:15 determined to capture the Sakura in beautiful light as the sun rose. The sun never appeared. It went from dark to dark grey to lighter grey. Oh well at least I beat the crowds.

The Sakura trees were presented to Toronto by the Japanese Ambassador to Canada in 1959. They were a gift from the citizens of Tokyo to the citizens of Toronto in appreciation for Toronto accepting re-located Japanese-Canadians after the Second World War.  The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom only one week after the first buds appear. “Due to their very short bloom time, Sakura blossoms are seen as a metaphor for life itself, luminous and beautiful, yet fleeting and ephemeral.”

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31 responses

  1. Aww… trees blossom, can’t wait to take picture of them. Beautiful view, Edith!

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:16 am

  2. Very nice, well framed, shame about the sun not coming out though, great shot all the same.

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:18 am

  3. Len

    Beautifully composed Edith. Love the textures in the leading line leading to the wonderful color of the trees.

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:24 am

  4. Perhaps it’s better that the sun wasn’t out… it seems more dramatic this way.

    I wasn’t aware you were in Toronto. I have a cousin who teaches music at UofT Jazz.

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:26 am

  5. Really well framed here Edith, excellent soft tones as well

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:39 am

  6. chrisnitz

    Nice contrast on of the flowers to the dark sky. I feel like I need a trip to Toronto now; I mean it is a sweet town!

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    April 18, 2012 at 7:53 am

  7. Great capture of the morning mood, Edith. I can’t get up that early any more. Your composition is very visually inviting and makes me wonder, “what’s around the bend.” Nice job!

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    April 18, 2012 at 8:06 am

  8. Rich McPeek

    Very nice Edith! Great composition! I missed the blossoms around here in the Burgh. Great work!

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    April 18, 2012 at 8:32 am

  9. Beatiful beatiful trees for the shortest time. We have them in Central Park.

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    April 18, 2012 at 10:11 am

  10. Aww…this is beautiful! I would love to photograph those too!I don’t know if we have them here in Montreal though…I haven’t seen one since I moved here.

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    April 18, 2012 at 10:35 am

    • Thanks Gracie. You know I didn’t realize you were in Montreal. I love Montreal…I grew up there.

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      April 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

      • I love Montreal too :) Although sometimes, I feel the need to move, I just can’t seem to bring myself to leave this beautiful city.

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        April 18, 2012 at 4:25 pm

  11. doephotog

    Wonderful. Love these tress.

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    April 18, 2012 at 11:32 am

  12. I’ll say as Victor Ho did – real beautiful trees for such a short time… ;-)

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    April 18, 2012 at 12:38 pm

  13. sil

    Fabulous view!

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    April 18, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  14. Mark Summerfield

    Great composition, Edith! Shame the light was not on your side. Next year?

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    April 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm

  15. I just LOVE your composition! Love how the road creates the most wonderful natural leading line here!! Victoria is full of these blossoms right now, too, but our weather has been so terrible so far (when I haven’t been at work) I have not had a chance to capture any. At least I’ve got your great photo here to enjoy!!!

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    April 18, 2012 at 4:54 pm

  16. Rick

    Awesome canopy of Cherry Blossoms. I wish we had more cherry blossoms out west. I always enjoy this time of year back east. So beautiful!

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    April 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

  17. Very pretty, I like the POV… and interesting lesson on Canadian history :)

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    April 19, 2012 at 2:46 am

  18. Great details in this, Edith.

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    April 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

  19. ¡Que lugar tan bonito!

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    April 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm

  20. Lovely, lovely photos all around your blog ! I’m so glad I found you !

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    May 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

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