I never knew Toronto's High Park had Cherry Blossoms. In fact, despite my almost 30 years in the city, I've never been to High Park. Then last year, I heard about the cherry blossoms (after they bloomed), read about the absolutely charming Japanese tradition of Cherry Blossom Watching or Sakura Hanami (Google streetview awesomeness here) and why high Park's cherry trees are special. In the past few weeks, we've been eagerly watching the High Park Nature Centre website for updates. This past weekend, they popped and we went.
High Park is wonderful! Very woodsy in places, lots of nature and it felt so incredibly restful to be surrounded by it all.
the first piece of wonderful was this copse of pine trees. As we walked past them, the scent of pine and fresh air hit us and I felt as if I were home in the forests of my childhood. It was a very windy day and hearing the wind whoosh through the pines made it even better.
We turned the corner and there they were
There were lots of people marveling just as much as we were and many were Japanese. I suspect some were having their own flashbacks to home
Some were in full bloom
Others had barely started. And there was this incredible tree
We wandered down to Grenadier Pond and saw a boy with a stick
The willow tress were nothing but the most delicate green
and there was wildlife, too