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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