Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A SHOCK of Color

The weather took a turn last week and a storm blew into the SF Bay Area. Wind blew the last of the Autumn leaves off of the trees leaving bare branches in its wake. Yeah, I know. Mother Nature has been a little confused around here for a couple of months. When the leaves should have been falling and rain filling our reservoirs, it was warm and sunny beach weather. Christmas was a tee-shirt day as temperatures were in the mid-seventies. So weird. But I am getting off the track here. The point is, finally Winter has made an appearance here. . . even if it is more of a late Winter/early Spring.

I was out on my walk this morning. It looked like any other day this past week - gray skies but no rain, skeleton trees and bushes everywhere. Blah blah blah. Don't get me wrong, there is a certain beauty to our winters but it is, nonetheless, characterized by sameness.

I turned the corner heading toward my street when suddenly my eyes were awash in PINK!!! What??? This can't be happening here in the dead of Winter. But there is was - an ornamental cherry tree in FULL BLOSSOM. It was a welcome sight to an otherwise colorless day.

That is why I chose CHERRY BLOSSOMS as my #3 HAPPY THING!

  • Cherry trees are among the first trees to bloom at the end of Winter
  • In Japan, the cherry blossom (sakura) represents the fleetingness of life
  • In ancient Japan the arrival of cherry blossoms signaled the planting of the rice crop
  • In the U.S. the cherry blossoms are celebrated as a symbol of the friendship between the U.S and Japan
MORE THAN ALL OF THAT - How can you NOT smile when you see those bright pink flowers on an otherwise gray day?


Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD OMD WE LOVE those BLOSSOMS... they look so FAMILIAR some how.
OH YES the annual Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC... SO BEAUTIFUL.

Susie and Sidebite said...

Noodles, we sure do like your Cherry Blossoms best of all. Man if all the little bulbs hack, the world will be full of Noodles.

The Mad Scots

Payton's mom said...

Cherry trees are so pretty. And I certainly have a thing for pink flowers. <3

Two French Bulldogs said...

Those cherry blossoms are so beautiful

Wendy Mould AFCA said...

Love those little faces in the Cherry Blossoms!!