From all these trees,
in the salads, the soup, everywhere,
cherry blossoms fall.

—Bashō, trans. Robert Hass

Sakura 2011

This year the cherry blossoms peaked in the cold and rainy final days of March.

Sakura 2011

Two evenings, we walked the tidal pool path surprised to be almost alone with the trees.

Sakura 2011

Yet, after the single Yoshino cherry blossoms have dropped their petals, then in April’s first sunlight and warmth come the frilly double Kwanzans.

Double cherry

And then—