Kyoto Gosho Park
Well, we are back to our normal mode of non macro pictures of the cherry blossoms. I was on my way back to the lab from meeting a friend when I realised that I had not seen the Imperial Palace park during springtime before. The day was sunny and with nary a cloud in the sky and I had brought my camera along, so I decided to do a detour.
Kyoto Gosho Park
Many cherry trees were blooming, their branches laden with the delicate blossoms. The park is huge and many people were strolling about complete with their prized pet dogs, enjoying the warmth and the pretty trees. And despite the number of people, the place seemed quiet, serene, as if only through silence can you truly appreciate the beauty before you. Though I do like tranquility, I can't live without noise either. I need it, to know that someone else is out there, that I am not truly alone.
Some days before, WY and myself had taken a stroll along the Kamogawa river towards the Botanical Gardens. It was a breezy, sunny and sometimes cloudy day. Though a bit cold because of the wind, the walk was very pleasant and many were out with the same purpose as well.
Because the haze had gone on to murk another unfortunate place, the view before us was magnificent. The layers of mountains that surrounded Kyoto were there in full view against the blue cloudy skies.
As I walked along the path, I was envious of the houses situated along the river. Imagine opening your door to have a view of the river with the beautiful cherry trees greeting you. Or having a fully flowered branch arched delicately into your little patch of garden.
The cherry blossom trees are the stars of the show not only because of their beauty but also of the fact that they are notoriously short-lived (death always somehow seems to magnify things). However, spring would not be complete without the host of other co-stars - the "snow flowers", the dancing daffodils, the gorgeous blue muscaris, the daisies and petunias and the star-shaped white flowers. And the best thing is? They will still be here, long after the sakuras have faded away.