Chicago’s Cherry Blossom Festival — 5* Pix

Total Shots taken *317
Number of 5 star ratings (5* yield %)52 (16.4%)

Through a series of donations, Chicago’s Jackson Park has 170 cherry trees, the city’s largest collection.  Seven years after being planted, they are blooming.  While not at the same scale as the festival in Washington, DC, we had our own bounty of flowering trees in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood!  

The blossoms are fleeting – we had three to seven days to see them at peak bloom.  With my camera in tow, I joined a host of other photographers, spectators, and ‘just plain tired of being cooped up’ people walking around the Museum of Science and Industry.

  • Sky Landing:    Yoko Ono’s delicate sculpture was the gift that heralded the first of the cherry tree donations.  For two years after this, 50 trees were donated annually. Ms. Ono has described this artwork as a symbol of peace, and the “place where the sky and earth … come together to create a future of peace and harmony, with nature and each other.”
  • Columbia Basin:  These groups of trees are one of several groves surrounding the pool on the south side of the Museum of Science and Industry. Flanked by the much taller, mature trees, they are reflected handsomely in the basin.
  • Photo Opp (2):  It’s a picture-taking society, so every person with a phone captured images.  Then there were those like this photographer standing near the bank of the basin, who was so prepared as to have brought his tripod for that most excellent image of the museum. 
  • Little robin red-breast:    Can you hear the music, and feel this bird dancing in the tree amongst the flowers? Breathtaking!  

So glad that I visited when I did!  A week later, the blossoms were gone, and the trees were filled budding green leaves – pretty in their own way, but not festival-worthy!  Hope you enjoyed these 5-star selections.

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