Cherry Blossom Season

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Well folks, it’s almost here. Cherry Blossom season is almost gracing us with its presence. Well, now days it’s not as predictable as it used to be with all these changes in weather patterns and such. Regardless, it’s one of my favorite times of year. Not only because the trees themselves are beautiful, but because they make everyone so happy and it means that the warmth of spring is just a step away.

Around March every year, I get all nostalgic about the cherry blossoms in Japan, particularly those that I saw at night (with thousands of other people, squeezing onto a walkway that barely sees anyone any other time of the year).

I’m lucky to be in Seattle, where the cherry blossoms are a famous attraction themselves. Every spring, the cherry blossoms take center stage in the quad, a popular gathering place in the middle of the University of Washington’s campus. I spent many sunny days out here, picnicking, listening to people play the guitar, watching some people tight rope, other people hacky sack… yes, we’re a bunch of hippies.

It's a rare day that the quad is this empty when the blossoms are in full bloom
It’s a rare day that the quad is this empty when the blossoms are in full bloom

Don’t believe that this is really the University of Washington campus in Seattle?


With the Space Needle in the background.

I just love the light dusting of pink in this oh-so-Seattle photo.
I just love the light dusting of pink in this oh-so-Seattle photo.

And since there’s nothing quite like cherry blossoms at night,

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But there’s just one tiiiiiny thing about the cherry blossoms in Seattle. It’s a truth that all Seattleites have learned to accept, no matter how heartbreaking it is-

the day after the blossoms are in full bloom, it will rain.

and not just a little, I’m talking absolute downpour. Instead of romantically fluttering to the ground, gracefully caressing the casual passerby, the petals are weighed down with the pounding rain, forming a type of sludge, rendering all sidewalks slippery, much like when it snows in Seattle.

But it’s absolutely worth it. Just having that day, or at the luckiest, week of the delicate, light pink blossoms, dusting the city is breathtaking. And after all,

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”
― Maya Angelou

(And I’m sure she meant to add cherry blossoms to that list. “…adoring the cherry blossoms.”)

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“What day is it?”
It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day,” said Pooh.”
― A.A. Milne

And with that, I am so ready and excited for spring to come along. Happy Spring Equinox, everyone! x

A HUGE thank you to my friend, Brian Chu, who so graciously allowed me to use his stunning photographs. Can’t get enough cherry blossom photos? Good news! He has a lot more!

// What seasonal flora makes you most nostalgic?
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6 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom Season

    1. Aha! Good thing I had that epic Space Needle photo in there 😉
      Are there any cherry blossoms in Madrid? Or is there another flowering plant that everyone looks forward to every spring?

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