The Hanami Festival in the cherry park in Roihuvuori was planned to take place last Sunday, May 14. For some reason the arrangers of the event decided to changed it to a week later on May 21, today. That was a good move because had it taken place last Sunday the cherry trees had not been in bloom. Now was the most perfect day for the event. Warm, blue skies, beautiful cherry blossom and, oh my goodness, thousands of visitors. More than ever before.
Last year I was photographing the cherry tree in full bloom on May 7. Today we went to Lidl to shop. At home we had been talking about how beautiful the cherry tree close to Lidl was last spring. We thought it would not be in bloom yet as the spring has been pretty cold. Surprise, surprise ! In full bloom ! It is so beautiful. Two guys also were there taking photos and we talked about how amazing it is. The other one said he doesn’t think it’s a cherry tree. The other one and I looked at each other in disbelief but neither of us said anything. Either way, it is or not, I will still call it a cherry tree 🙂
The last four five days have been cloudy and a bit windy. This morning it was raining sleet. Weather forecast for tomorrow is snow, yes even here in the south of Finland. So far we have not had fire in the fire place but will asap because in my opinion it’s cold inside. And dark. Need to have the electric lights on all day. I was browsing pictures from earlier of the month and found a few to remind of beautiful sunsets and colourful leaves.
It was a beautiful evening yesterday. No wind, still warm, +15 C, sunshine. I usually make an about 30 min. evening walk with Canelo. This time I made it a bit longer. I stopped to take many more pictures than usually. The flowers against the wall of the container looked so pretty. I think they are either Brown Knapweed or Greater Knapweed.Then I stopped to shoot rowan berries. When I was about to go back home a guy took out a drone with a camera from his trunk. I asked him would it be OK for me to shoot a couple of pics. Yes, yes, he said, no problem. He turned the drone on. I got one picture when it was still on the ground ready to go. Then it took off. Swoooooosh ! It scared Canelo so he almost pulled me down. When I looked up the drone was hundreds of meters up in the sky. I stood there staring up until my neck became stiff. I turned around and saw the sun had just set. A couple of more pictures of the sunset and then we started to walk back home. It started to get dark. On the road I heard a car coming from behind. I stepped aside to let it pass. WHAT ! ? My husband ! He rolled down the window and said where have you been ? Why didn’t you answer the phone ? You have been away for two hours ! Have we been away that long ? I didn’t realize, time flew. Sorry ! I set the phone on silent during the language lesson and forgot to set it back. Really, he was worried enough to go look for me. I didn’t think he would 😉 And how many pictures did I take ? Oh my, 60 !
My goodness ! I think the apple trees blossoms like never before. Even our tree (one and only) has millions of flowers. I try to not take too many pictures but soon realize I have like always way too many of them 🙂 The time they are in bloom is too short in my opinion. Now the petals already have began to fall off and soon the ground will look like it’s been snowing.
Last spring we visited the Cherry Tree Park in Roihuvuori where are about 150 trees. I’m not sure about the number of threes as I have found different numbers but there are many. Next Sunday there is held and event Hanami festival. We probably will go there.
Today I saw the most wonderful cherry tree in Konala not far away from us. Compared to this one the ones in the park in Roihuvuori still are babies. They need many more years to grow this size.
The two above pictures were shot in the morning about 9 am and the three below in the afternoon at about 3:30 pm.
After a long period of gray, drizzle, rainy days, almost all the snow all gone, it was snowing on Saturday. It snowed all night and also morning. And finally sunshine ! Oh such a beautiful day ! Even if it was only for about 4-5 hours. I felt like woken from winter blahs/winter coma. Couldn’t resist shooting one more picture of the oak tree which to me always looks as great and majestic. My favorite tree around here 🙂 the oak in early spring 2015