Thursday, February 17, 2011
Cherry Blossom Time
Growing up in Arizona, I didn't notice much seasonal change in the landscape. Oh, I could tell you the difference between a saguaro or prickly pear cactus, and it was easy to determine whether the temperature was 110 or 115, but other than that, foliage was lost on me. When my family moved to northern California some 20 years ago, I noticed for the first time the colourful beauty that flowers and trees offer. February marks 'cherry blossom' season in the bay area and I find myself looking forward each year to the few weeks when streets are lined with pale pink petals. Since these trees are only in bloom for a short period of time, it seems especially important to enjoy their fleeting beauty while it lasts, as if this is nature's way of reminding us to live in the moment. Cherry blossoms also signify the Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day to me, as well as the first hint that winter will soon draw to a close as spring promises brighter days. I snapped these photos outside my home on a dreary afternoon last week, but didn't want the opportunity to pass me by.
And now for something a little less serious, I wanted to show you my dining table as it appeared on Valentine's Day when I had the family over for dessert.
And after... ;)