"HANAMI" Cherry Blossom Viewing
Posted by Cathaleen Curtiss — 1 Mar 2013
Spring is on the horizon and with spring my thoughts turn to Cherry Blossoms. Time to celebrate "Hanami" the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming Cherry tree or create your own tradition of photographing the "sakura" blossoms.
You still have time to plan a visit to one of the many places in the world that celebrates the Cherry Blossom season with festivals, parades and garden walks.
From Vancouver to Washington DC, Hanami is all about timing. Cherry trees usually bloom for only one to two weeks. Peak season for cherry blossoms is very dependent on the weather. Most festivals start in mid March. Blossoms can start as early as mid February in some places.
From the very first twinge of color on thin twigs until blizzards of pink petals blanket the ground it is a magical time for photographers.
We have compiled some of our favorite cherry blossom photos from JPG contributors.
Spring Blossoms by Heather Palleiko
Cherry Blossom by Xiaoyi Peng
cherry blossom by elisa reece
Blossom Season by Eric Brown
Cherry Blossoms by Elysa Darling
Cherry Blossom by Kenneth Kotowski
CHERRY BLOSSOMS by debbie del tejo
Turquoise Umbrella by Kevin Moore
Fairmount Park Philadelphia | Row of Cherry Blossom | Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival Japan by Justin Bradley
Cherry Trees by Stephanie Nelson
Be sure to bring your camera and don't forget to share your photos with all of us. We can't wait to see them!