Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) at UW

The Yoshino Cherry Trees at University of Washington have been in full bloom the past few weeks and I was able to go twice to photograph and view them. The trees are about 60 years old and nearing the end of their life expectancy. Luckily, UW has extras growing and can replace them when needed.

Sakura are in a hand full of US Cities and were mostly gifts from Japan. There is fascinating history of the sakura and I was most struck by Hanami. “Hanami” is the centuries-old practice of picnicking under a blooming sakura tree and can be traced back to the 3rd Century in Japan! Pretty cool to think of that as you walk around getting photos and enjoying the view and fragrance:)


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