2012 Photo Journal

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.

2012 Photo Journal

A Moment of Calm

Things have been rather hectic as of late. Work has been shouldering everyone with more responsibility while everyone at home seems to be taking turns living through some sort of drama or another.

I can only hope things calm down soon.

2012 Photo Journal


Let me introduce my new mint plant Micchan. I bought him from the supermarket earlier this week on my way to work. All through work I had him sit in the back office under my boss’ lamp. I took these pictures during lunch.

Previously, I’ve had a shiso (a type of Japanese herb) plant, tulups, and a few plants of unknown origin. I’ve even tried growing negi from cut offs after a friend suggested I try it. I really do love plants.

Unfortunately, I was never very good at keeping them alive for more than a few months at most. My apartment is very dark, so I think it’s due to them not getting enough sun.

I hope that Micchan will do better than my previous attempts. I’ve been trying really hard to make sure Micchan get’s enough light (been keeping him under a lamp during the evenings after I get home from work) and water. So far so good.


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With the amount of sun today, the plant life was absolutely glowing! White Plains is known as the city of parks, so it’s only natural that the city be home to massive mounts of greenery and flowers.

This first photo was taken in a small park near where I work. It’s a great place to eat lunch or take a break and a usual haunting ground for me as a photographer. In the spring, the park is filled with cherry blossoms & dogwood. It used to be the location of the annual cherry blossom festival (sakura matsuri) before the festival was moved to it’s current venue on Lake St.


 Next are these flowers, also taken in the park mentioned above. I’m not sure exactly what these are called, but they are very pretty. The soft whites, blues, and purples contrast well with the green stems and leaves. They seem to bloom primarily in late spring and stay around until mid-September, if I remember right.

Soon, the park will be filled with falling leaves. I hope to capture the colors well when that time comes. Until then, it is likely I will post a lot of flower shots, since that has always been one of my favorite subjects, as anyone who follows my regular work can tell.



These lavender flowers are actually part of an arrangement placed on a pedestirian island between South Broadway and Harmon. It’s a stones throw away from the park mentioned before and is also on my way to work. These plants are arranged in a huge basket which is adorned with different flower types each spring.

The basket it’s self is about 1.5m by 1.5m and stands at about 3m tall. It really is quite big for something that will be in the middle of the street.

Location: White Plains, New York
Weather: Mild, Sunny