Sakura (cherry blossoms) season has come the earliest since 1953
when government started recording.
Japanese verb "綻ぶ/hokorobu" means "buds turn into blossoms" as well as "people smile".
With the arrival of Sakura season, we can't help smiling but can't be off guard against COVID-19.
To take photos, I walked around in my town or went to and from Nara Park by car
choosing proper time and places.
heralds Sakura season.
One week later, Somei-yoshino were already blooming at Sagi-ike Pond, Nara Park.
The blossoms on the upper part of the photo below is not Sakura but Kobushi Magnolia.
Blossoms were sparse on the Sakura branches.
At their best, the area turns into to thick pale-pink clouds.
On a rainy weekend, I spent quiet time at the park in my neighborhood.
Shooting light-colored Sakura against the rainy sky in a wider view is quite challenging.
I was fortunate with this result, blossoms on the dark twigs under the pearly sky.
Sakura in the softly falling rain brings sense of quiet euphoria.
A couple of days later, "紅豊 Beni-yutaka" were in profusion in the Garden of "Iraka", Nara Park.
Beni-yutaka has large deeper-pink double flowers like the name "Beni-yutaka" literally meaning "rouge-rich".
Most of the trees in the garden are fine and massive.
Beyond Beni-yutaka is "八重紅枝垂れ Yae-beni-shidare", double weeping Sakura.
Flowers of Somei-yoshino start drifting from branches in a week from their opening.
The area is hazy pink as far as the eye can see with blossoms on the branches and confetti-like petals
on the ground.
Petals of Sakura is spring delicacy to deer.
Free and comfortable!
Again at Sagi-ike Pond, the area looked like to be enveloped in floating pink clouds.
I saw the painter (#4 image) again at his regular place.
Blossoms of Somei-yoshino were mostly over in that nearby park this afternoon.
In spite of the creeping-up infections, State of Emergency was lifted up three weeks ago
leaving the subtle but bold handling to local governments.
Because the effect of it was fading as prolonged restrictions without legal authority
only made people tired of self-restraint and less cautious.
People look to have gotten used to the new life style not to give or catch the virus
while the new corona variant looks formidable.
Infection number is rapidly rising again.
BTW, these are the memorial photos of Shichi-Go-San (7.5.3) celebrated last year,
Y for the seventh and M for the third year.
Y's front teeth fell off on the way to the photo studio prior to the rite at a shrine.
She turned 8 on the 1st of April.
The youngest M enjoyed photo shooting so much and cried when she had to undress.
Photos of photos
Linked to Mosaic Monday