Turn onto Central

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.

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Sakura, sakura

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)

Cherry Blossoms (Part 2)

I was investigating the cherry blossoms again. The area around the train station and the road to work is filled with them. All around, the cherry blossoms are blooming white and pink.

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?

Cherry Blossoms (Pt. 1)

The cherry blossoms are blooming once again. I love this time of year.

Recently I was able to take some pictures of my second favorite flower (my first being the dogwood) and I was not disappointed. All through Manhattan, Yonkers, and White Plains the streets are lined by white and pink.

It’s almost like over night they bloomed. A few days ago I remember there just being the little lumpy buds starting to form on the branches.

I don’t remember them blooming so early though. I wonder if it’s because of the unusually mild winter we had this year. The past couple of days have been in the 70s amd 80s temperature wise.

Either way, I’m happy to see these flowers.

Feathered Friends

Today I saw a friend, whom I don’t often get to see. We met at Bronxville train station this afternoon before stopping at the near by Starbucks for drinks and catching up.

Her school is close to there so she knows the area better than I do (I’ve only explored the area a few times a long time ago) but I was surprised to find that she wasn’t aware of a bike path/park close to there.

We decided after we finished our drinks to go have a walk.

There were a lot of ducks and geese hanging around the river that runs along the path. A lot of people were out and feeding them, taking pictures of them (like us) and pretty much gawking at them. The geese for the most part seemed alright with that.

My friend and I were able to get really close for some pictures.

One even came out of the river for a quick hello (and to see if we had anything good to eat– which we didn’t, unfortunately.)

We stayed for about an hour and a half before headed back to Bronxville proper for some sushi and tea. Then it was time for me to go to work.