Thursday, February 26, 2009
The Seasons: Cherry Blossoms and Spring
Images of Yangmingshan flower festival in Taipei, Taiwan, published by the Guardian UK, reminded me that I took a few pictures when I saw blossoms appear on cherry trees in my neighbor's yard. That was early in February....on the 7th. We had a dry, almost rainless January. And February began with warm and sunny days. No wonder that the cherry trees got fooled and blossomed early.
"Now of my three score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again
And take from seventy springs a score
it only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow."
---A.E. Housman, A Shropsire Lad