I just came back from a nice bike ride along the Nakagawa. The weather today is beautiful. The cherry trees are mostly no longer in full bloom. Some are, but most are half empty (half full?) with sakura falling all around while cycling. It was very pleasant.
Here are a couple of photos, and one slo-mo video of the sakura petals falling. The video runs a bit long. I should really trim it. But it looks so nice and dreamlike in slow motion.
Oh – and the ride took about 30 minutes and burned 265 calories!
Even compared to yesterday, there are many more cherry blossoms. There is still a long ways to go to “mankai” (full bloom), but it is getting very pretty along the Nakagawa. The weather was a few degrees warmer today, so it was very comfortable during my bike ride. And look how blue the sky is!
In fact, I intended a short ride today, but it was so pleasant out I just kept on drifting along on my bicycle, feeling in pretty good spirits.
Maybe spring does that to a person after a long, cold winter?
(If you click on the photos you should be able to see them much larger.)
Actually, they are right on the usual schedule. These photos were from today’s bike ride along the Nakagawa. Note how beautiful the weather is. It’s still a bit cold, but the skies were a brilliant clear blue.
And, for the first time this year, I actually see some of the buds in bloom. It’s still just a few, but it started.
The first photo just has buds, but I thought it looked nice against the sky.
It’s a bit hard to see because of the contrast, but on today’s bike ride along the river, cherry blossoms had clearly started to bloom for the first time. Maybe if you click on the images and look at them up close you can see it better. In the 3rd photo it is easiest to see, I think.