Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

#191 see the Cherry Blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden....done 4/18/12

Raul, thank you for sharing this day with me.  I couldn't have done this with anyone else.

Oh sweet Cherry Blossoms! Regarded the world over as elegant & dainty & lovely, today they will offer out plenty of reasons to own a camera & to live in NY.

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is home to numerous plants, trees & flowers & they offer a colorful palette that even Crayola would be envious of owning. From the lush greens to the vibrant reds & every color in between, Mother Nature has given me the perfect excuse to play hooky from work & be here in Brooklyn today.

The Cherry Blossoms bloom in late March or early April & last till the end of April or early May….if you’re lucky. And if you’re lucky enough to get to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, you will find yourself at peace. You will find yourself marveling at these gorgeous shades of pink. And you will find others there with the same intention as your own…to take tons of amazing photos of the Cherry Blossoms. As for me…yes, I will gladly share my amazing photos. Not only here in this blog, but on Facebook & in my photo albums.

Thank you Raul for sharing this day with me. I don’t know who else would have taken as many pictures as me this day. By the end of this day, I will have shot over 500 photos! I’m going to keep Shutterfly pretty busy!

It starts with getting up early. You want to get there as soon as the garden opens. You want to beat the crowd. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is rather famous for their Cherry Blossoms & even though it’s a Wednesday, there is sure to be a crowd.

Once we get to the garden, we ignore everything else. Well, okay, that’s not entirely true…we did stop to see a few things before getting to the Cherry Blossoms. But we will spend most of the time here among these shades of pink. There will be more photos of other areas of the garden, but the Cherry Blossoms are clearly the reason we have come here today.

To me, Cherry Blossoms have no scent. If they do, it’s truly faint. I don’t smell a thing. But they offer gorgeous shades of pink & these flowers that look almost like carnations. And when they are bundled together the way they are, they look beautiful. They cry out to be seen & to be adored. And I am clearly not the only person here today looking & adoring them.

I have a Cherry Blossom tree right outside my apt on the corner. It’s only one tree & it demands attention. So here at the BBG the families of these trees clearly demand your attention & clearly, they get it.

As I walked under the trees, I just aimed my camera & clicked & kept clicking. I wanted to hold onto this memory of this beauty forever. I know I can see them again next year….but that’s so far away. And what if the Mayans are right & the world ends this year? Oh no…I cannot lose this beauty. So shutterbug that I am, I kept clicking away & taking in every possible shot that I could.

The lighting was perfect under the trees. There were openings were light could peek through the branches & other areas where the branches banded together to block out the light & offer you shade.

One thing to know about Cherry Blossoms, they are very fragile. One gust of wind can clear a tree. And after a harsh rain, the tree will be naked. And while you think their beauty is gone, it’s merely resting for a new show next year.

Luckily, we are here on the most perfect day. These trees are in full bloom & they offer you their complete beauty. Today you will be thankful you own a camera & that you can be here. I know I was. I was thankful for the great weather, not too sunny, not too cool….just right. And I am so thankful to the amazing people at Canon for the camera I own.

Perfect weather.

Perfect camera.

Perfect person to share this day with.

Perfect amount of people here in the garden.

Oh yes. Perfect on all counts.

I love color. And I love when color comes alive in something. In this case the trees. They are truly amazing & offer out these beautiful tones of pinks. From the light to the bright to the dark, there are plenty of gorgeous hues & Mother Nature has truly outdone herself today.

As I turned 40 I realized a lot about myself. Nothing I hadn’t seen before, but stuff I sorta overlooked or ignored. Stuff I didn’t make time for, like having all this fun. Or stuff I hadn’t thought about doing, like the tea party. And now that I’m doing all these things, I’m enjoying my life a lot more. I’m having fun getting out there & getting asked questions about this whole mission. I’m still rather amazed that it’s being discussed. I enjoy that people are starting their own missions of doing celebrations for their birthdays & I hope to be invited along on some of their missions.

I’m glad it took me till my 40th birthday to want to do this. I think it means more to me now than it would have at 20 or even 30. And I don’t mind telling people I’m 40. It’s wonderful! If I could change any of it, I wouldn’t. I’m happy where I am in life. Regardless of what others think my life should be. It’s my life, not yours. If you aren’t happy in your own life, how can you offer me happiness in mine?

This makes mission # 22 done.  18 more to go & I’m not worried about turning 41 soon. I might even add an extra mission just to celebrate the next birthday. Maybe I’ll even add 41 more missions & keep going till I hit 50 years old! Who knows? 

After all, I’m a woman & we change our minds constantly!!

Here are a few of the amazing photos from this gorgeous day.....

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