I love sunny days. I also love rainy days (not those days that where the sky can’t figure out if it wants to rain or not– those days where everything is soaked and glossy looking.) But, sunny days make it easier to go out and get things done.
I’ve always enjoyed riding the rails. The first time I ever set foot on a train was when I was 6, (it was an Amtrack overnight ride) on our way to Florida. I thought it was the best thing EVER.
Now almost every day I use the train to get to and from work, go shopping, visit the Buddhist temple I am affiliated with, and just get around in general. My stop (one of two, as I live right between two train stations) is in the Bronx and it is one of the prettiest stations. It’s surrounded by plants & trees. The Bronx River flows along one side of it.
Today’s location is South Broadway, White Plains. This is by where Borders used to be a few years ago.
There are a number of cherry blossom trees here too. My mother told me that White Plains, being the City of Gardens & Parks, was know for their cherry trees. I always knew the city had a lot (almost every tree is one) but I guess it never sank in.
There are also a lot of interesting buildings in this area, which make a great backdrop for this sort of photography. A beautiful blend of colors against the white flowers…
This street is filled with mostly office buildings containing medical practices, but there is a small hotel too. A little ways down, there is an entrance to a high end shopping center, a few resturants, and a small park filled with dogwood trees. It’s a popular spot for office staff to eat their lunches.
New York is awash in a sea of white and pink as the cherry blossoms continue to bloom. I plan to do a few location specific posts with pictures of this year’s blossoms for your enjoyment.
First is the turn off to Route 100 (Central Avenue) in White Plains, by the County Center. For those who know the area, you’ll recongnise it as being net to the diner.
I don’t remember these trees blooming so spendidly in previous years, so I was surprised this year when I saw the sheer amount of blossoms. Usually this time of year is much cooler (especially in White Plains) so there is only a short period of flowers before the trees go green.
Between the train station and the County Center (and continuing along the road) are long islands dividing traffic lanes filled with cherry blossom trees. I would guess-timate the path to be about a quarter mile long so that give the idea of there being a lot of tees. I can only wonder how much further towards Terrytown the trees continue.
The annual White Plains Sakura Matsuri should be happening soon. My family and friends are looking forward to it. (See here http://www.cityofwhiteplains.com/templates/template_text_right_panel.aspx?ID=Cherry%20Blossom%20Festival)
But there is one thing odd I noticed about the ones near me. They smell really strange. Usually the cherry blossoms have a light sweet smell, but the ones I’ve been around recently smell different…?
I can’t quite place the scent…
Has anyone else noticed this?