Cherry Blossom walk in Mayne Island Japanese Garden

Clouds of pink blossoms fill the morning sky with petals drifting slowly onto the garden paths. It is Cherry blossom season in Mayne Island’s Japanese Garden. Come with me and we can stroll along together!

Walking the paths Mayne Island Japanese Garden IMG_2227

Or we can also say: the season of sakura is here! Want to go hanami? Shall we go over the bridge?

Bridge Mayne Island Japanese Garden by Terrill Welch IMG_2224

We turn around in wonder until our gaze settles, just for a moment.

ink outline standing together in Japanese Garden by Terrill Welch IMG_2298

However, there are so many other supporting actors besides these pastel-crinoline-petticoat-wearing drama queens.  Take this dapper Dove Tree blossom for instance. Elegant and handsome as they come.

Dove Tree blossom from China by Terrill Welch IMG_2343

Or maybe Rhododendron blossoms that are as large as my hand.

Rhododendron blossoms by Terrill Welch IMG_2284

Then there are the weeping Crabapple blooms.

weeping crabapple blossoms by Terrill Welch IMG_2350

But if we are honest with each other, I am sure we would agree that all we really want to see are Cherry blossoms!

Japanese Garden Cherry Blossoms Mayne Island by Terrill Welch IMG_2247

Of course, we could sit in the hut and contemplate the question.

ink outline of Hut in Mayne Island Japanese Garden by Terrill Welch IMG_2232

We could study the pond for a while as we debate the issue. But my best guess is that all we are likely to notice is the reflections of….. Cherry Blossoms!

Cherry Blossom reflections Mayne Island Japanese Garden by Terrill Welch IMG_2256

So, Cherry blossoms it is!

Cherry Blossoms by Terrill Welch IMG_2400

We close our eyes and what do we see?

Well, I don’t know about you but I see a cheese sandwich with a hot cup of peppermint tea. I am famished after all this walking, looking, composing images and then photo-editing Cherry blossoms!

What do you see if you close your eyes?

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6 thoughts on “Cherry Blossom walk in Mayne Island Japanese Garden

  1. Terrill — I’m currently in Madison, Wisconsin speaking at the Writers’ Institute. I’m at the end of a wonderful, but long day. When I saw I had an email notification of a fresh blog post from you, I couldn’t help but click the link and come over for a visit. Am I ever glad I did. Your photographs are refreshing and uplifting. I know when I go to bed and close my eyes in a few minutes I won’t have visions of sugar plums dancing in my head. Rather, I’ll revisit your photographs in my mind’s eye. Thank you!

  2. Stunning! I share your love for cherry blossom. We are lucky enough to have a cherry tree in our garden which is just beginning to flower: simply lovely. Your images are beautiful and I love those rhododendrons and crinoline drama queens too! 👍

    • It would be so lovely to have a cherry tree in the yard Fatima. But we have huge Douglas Fir trees to the east and west which reach around our south exposure and take up most of the direct sunlight. So I shall continue to visit our Japanese Garden for all this festive beauty for the foreseeable future. The garden is all done by donations and volunteers so we really should visit often!

    • Well, smelling blossoms is almost visionary all by itself Kathy 😉 The blossoms have now fallen and the season moves on to sumptuous apple blossoms. But I shall heading to the beginning of another spring on the east coast of Canada this coming week and will witness this process all over again. Imagine getting a chance to have two springs in one year!?

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