|Crowds stream through High Park every year, captivated by the cherry blossoms.|
|Impromptu picnic - grabbed some roast chicken, cheese, salad|
and assorted nibbling bits from the nearby Loblaws and shops on Roncesvalles Avenue.
|Cherry Blossom canopy|
|Sky full of sakura|
|People take advantage of the blooms to stage some inventive portraits.|
|Cosplayer photoshoot - original version of Psylocke from "X-Men", the perfect costume colour scheme for cherry blossoms|
|Picnic in the park|
|A little peace from the crowds.|
- if you want to enjoy yourself, number one tip is to go during off-peak hours.
- plan ahead: there aren't enough washrooms to keep up with the demand.
- there's food onsite at the Grenadier cafe, but I find it's better to bring some food with you. If cooking isn't your thing, nearby Roncesvalles Avenue and Bloor West have plenty of shops to help you improvise an excellent picnic.
- remember to clean up after yourself and pick up your trash: you'd think it's common sense, but yet...
- that being said, if you're picnicking, bring a garbage bag just in case the park garbage is swamped.- leave the car at home and take transit or bike. Seriously.
- don't be a dick and shake blossoms loose just to make it rain and DON'T BREAK OFF BRANCHES AS A SOUVENIR. You're damaging the park and shortening how long the blossoms will be around to enjoy.
- consider leaving screaming toddlers or your skittish dogs at home. The park is going to busy enough to cause a headache in this case, so why contribute to the stress.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY take a few moments, put down the camera, and just look around you and take in this unique, beautiful landscape we have in our city. Go on, I'll wait.
For some more info on the park and trees, check out High Park's website.
Torontoist has an interesting post on the origin of the sakura trees in High Park as well.
All photos here are mine, and can be found in my Flickr album: Cherry Blossoms in High Park (2013). If you want to use any of them, just drop me a line.