花見 ~ Hanami 2014 – Part 2

Hanami literally means “flower viewing” and although it traditionally applies to the spring viewing of cherry blossoms (sakura), it can also apply to plum blossoms (ume) or other flowering trees in the springtime. I had hoped to visit High Park again this year, but this past winter was one of the coldest I’ve ever experienced in Toronto! As a result, the trees bloomed very late this year and the blossoms didn’t last for long.

A couple weeks ago, I went on an early morning outing to the park with AlphaZ, Machiko and LiterallyTony in the hopes of glimpsing some of the sakura blossoms.
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Due to recent rain, most had already fallen off the trees, and many of the blossoms had already turned to green leaves. >_<”
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Even though most of the sakura had already fallen, it was still nice to wander through the park in the early morning hours. It was very peaceful – mostly other early-bird photographers wandering about, since any families planning lunchtime picnics were still at home :3
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My favourite spot is down by the water where the willow trees are.
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Once the sun started coming out the lighting was very harsh and it was harder to take nice photographs >_<”
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We wandered the park a little bit looking for nice spots that weren’t too sunny and found this gorgeous flowering magnolia tree! Isn’t it stunning?
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There are some beautiful flowering tress in front of my house, but they were at their best last weekend while I was away at Anime North. Here are a few previously unpublished photos from last spring of Moe out in front of the house enjoying the pretty blossoms.
Moe-Kuma goes out

Moe-Kuma goes out

Moe-Kuma goes out

I was pretty bummed that we weren’t able to organize a doll meet at High Park this year, but between snow, rain, and working it was difficult to get everyone together. I’m glad that I was able to capture a few sakura photos, even if they weren’t as spectacular as last year.

– ♥ Archangeli

Omake (Extra):

Kevin at work taking pictures in the park, hehehe.
Kevin taking Hanami pics

I have no idea what kind of bird this is, but his orange and black colouring is really striking!
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4 thoughts on “花見 ~ Hanami 2014 – Part 2

  1. Konichiwa! Um.. I really want to get a Dollfie Dream (and I’m desperately saving up for one) but my Dad won’t allow me to have one unless I can see one, so do you know where I can view one? I live near Canada so recommendations there are possible! Hope you can reply.

    • Whereabouts in Canada do you live? There are many collectors in Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa… They have regular meet ups, but depending on where you live I can try to put you in contact with some other people that I know.

      I suggest joining the DollfieDreams.com forum and introducing yourself. Maybe there are people in your local area? ^_^

      • Thank you for responding, I live in Southern Ohio, what I am hoping for is to find a community in my area or future event with a volks booth. I will join the forum like suggested, if you happen to know a connection in the U.S. I would gladly appreciate that.

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