CHERRY BLOSSOMS | AUBURN
Every August, I mean to check out the cherry blossom festival at the Auburn Botanic Gardens. There's a small window in which to view them, so I just decided to do it today. Am I glad I did... I miss the cherry blossoms in the Northern Hemisphere spring. Having lived in a suburb of Vancouver most of my life, I had taken it for granted the beautiful blooms that brighten the gloomy sky every spring. The softer, delicate blossoms arrived in March, followed by a larger, brighter variety in May. (Apologies for lack of botanical names!) While in Canada, I only had to journey a neighbourhood over to witness the huge amazing trees lining the street; here in Sydney, it is a 45 minute drive west to see the blooms; and in August because we are upside down! Today was meant to be a quieter day for photographers to enjoy the blooms, as it gets busy on the weekends. It will be open two more days this week: 23 and 25 August 2017 as quieter days, before a festival again this weekend (26-27 August); complete with Japanese food trucks, and on-stage entertainment.
All images © Donna Vercoe.