This past weekend I went to Descanso Gardens in La Crescenta, CA for their annual Cherry Blossom Festival. I love any opportunity to learn from another culture’s customs, and this one is a favourite. In Japan, the Cherry Blossom (Sakura) is one of their national symbols. In the spring, for the short duration of the blooms, people all over Japan watch the news for bloom reports and then head out to enjoy being around the cherry trees, these viewing parties and gatherings are called Hanami.
I took the Hasselblad with a 120mm makro-planar lens and some Fujifilm to the gardens:
[These were all shot on Fujifilm Pro400H, except for the tulips shot on expired NPS 160. Developed at home with Unicolour C-41 kit, and scanned in a Canon Canoscan Pro 9000 with betterscanning.com ‘s insert]
Here in LA, we don’t have many Sakura, but Descanso Gardens has several in their Japanese Gardens. The botanical garden put together two weekends of tree viewing with crafts (origami!), live music, and a barbecue. I highly recommend this event to everyone. The garden is accessible to all ages and abilities, the tickets were only $9 (get them in advance, they sell out), and food was reasonably priced.
I’m not much of a flora shooter, but after being so inspired by these I might have to go looking for wildflowers. Next stop might be the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve!