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April in Paris?

High Park attracts hordes of mostly asian Torontonians in April to admire the Sakura cherry blossoms.

The blossoms last for about a week. Toronto's climate is about as cold as the Sakura trees can tolerate.

The park was flooded with photographers when I visited. Good thing that I came on bike-no parking!


This photo placed 3rd in CFP (Romanian contest) in April 2014.

The first Japanese Somei-Yoshino Cherry Trees was planted here in 1959 and it was present from the citizens of Tokyo. Subsequent planting was done in 1984 and 2001.


Cherry blossoms and leaves are actually edible! They are used in Japan to bring out flavour in traditional confectioneries and buns. They are also drank in place of green tea at special events and festivities.

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  • Uploaded on May 19, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by tor tom
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-ZS5
    • Taken on 2012/04/13 16:05:15
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 18.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO80
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash