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2015: Monday to Wednesday, 4-6 May -+- Saturday, 9 May

High Park, Toronto - May 2015

Saturday, 9 May 2015 We woke up early and decided we would see just how many intrepid people there were in High Park to see the cherry blossoms. We quickly put some coffee into a thermos and jumped on our bikes. The morning was soft and beautiful, the sun already relatively high in the sky. By 07:00, we were in High Park listening to the birds and frogs singing. I don't know why we were surprised to see so many people....

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms

We rode down towards the lake to have breakfast. It was still and quiet, the only sounds the birds and the gentle waves at the water's edge. Seeing this solitary paddler at 7:44 made it difficult to believe that there were crowds and crowds of people and cars just a little further north.

Toronto waterfront © TPH

(this is 2 photos pasted together)

Just as we were ready to begin, it began to pour. As we threw our umbrellas up, we couldn't help thinking of all the expensive camera equipment just a little further north and all the blossom watchers scrambling frantically looking for shelter.

The rain soon ended and the sun came out again. Our blissful morning continued with visiting orioles looking on at us drinking coffee, eating bread and cheese and gazing out at the rowers, Canada geese and cormorants diving.

breakfast

breakfast

Only a little bit of rain had gotten into our cups....

breakfast

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Around 9:00, sated and happy, we packed up and started to head home. Again there was a brief squall. We pedalled to a nearby picnic shelter and waited as it poured for about 5 minutes. The short cloud burst didn't deter anyone on the water. I tried to capture the way that the kayakers' paddles arced, carrying the water upwards to mark their perfect symmetry.

Toronto waterfront © ejm

(this is 4 photos pasted together)

Then back we headed through High Park to go home. As we left the park at the High Park Avenue gates, we could not believe the parade of cars. Why would anyone take their car?? Even if there was a little rain....

cherry blossoms

cherry blossoms







Cherry Blossoms: 7 May 2015 -+- 9 May 2015 -+- May 2013 intro -+- page1: children playing (2013) -+- page2: blossoms everywhere (2013) -+- page3: people everywhere (2013)




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