What a difference a day makes – spring is really here

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.)

 

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The cherry trees are finally starting to blossom

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.

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The cherry blossom watch continues…

I took another bike ride along the Nakagawa today. It was still a bit cold, but today I went without a jacket for the first time this year. After about 10 minutes of cycling I felt warm enough.

As you can see, the cherry blossoms are still not in bloom. Except, in one tree I saw some buds trying really hard to bloom, with just a peak of pink coming out. The clouds looked nice, and sort of dreamy.

I think all the action is going to take place over the next two weeks.

 

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