Tuesday, April 03, 2007

University of Washington Quad Cherry Trees


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Students leaving Monday afternoon classes on the UW campus and walk through the Quad (Liberal Arts Quadrangle), famous for its 30 mature Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom. These trees were transplanted from the Seattle Arboretum 40 years ago this year, when a freeway project threatened them. When the breeze stirs, a shower of delicate pink petals rains down, creating absolute magic. Click here for the full story of these beloved trees and a Cherry Blossom Web Cam set up to help visitors know when the blooms are at their peak. See my Flickr page for more photos. There were tons of photographers there today! How strange and sad that on this lovely campus just six hours earlier a murder-suicide had occurred in the school of architecture building. April does seem to be the cruelest month, when such beauty and horror coexist.

8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Those trees are opening to a new year filled with promises. I wonder if the students get the message or not. So many people take things like that and other things, like sunshine, for granted and go about their daily business in a kind of stupor. A photographer, like you, Kim, saw the message and captured it for all to see. Thanks for that. A beautiful picture.

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Kerry-Anne said...

Wow, what a beautiful place - I would love to have studied in an environment like that.

Kate said...

The flikr post #8024 has a canopy effect--nice! I like the different objects in this photo: building, grass, students, but I especially like the man on the bike. He would make a great portrait, I think!

Kim said...

Abraham, You have a poet's soul and wisdom! Most of the students were oblivious to it as they came out of class and walked through. There were those who were enjoying it, though. And many visitors absolutely reveling in the showers of pink blossoms raining down (a few shots of this in my Flickr stream). BTW, I've been photographing birds a lot lately, through your inspiration!

Kerry Anne, It really is spectacularly attractive. I still love the more rustic feel of the Cal Berkeley campus the best, with its wandering creeks, bridges, and setting on a hillside, but UW does appeal to my love of architecture and design. A friend of mine went to unisversity in Cape Town, and I wonder what that campus is like?

Kate, Muchos gracias! I liked seeing his figure glide through the scene. I took three photos of his movement through the frame. Thanks for your suggestion to feature him. I'll try cropping one of the shots and see what comes of it. And thanks for taking a look at the other shots at my Flickr stream! Hope you are enjoying sunny Mexico,
-Kim

Gabriel said...

I consider myself lucky to have experienced the blossoms every spring quarter.
I miss the UW.
Great pic. And great post.

nyamu-chan said...

this is my last year to enjoy this!! i'm gonna miss this...

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