2017 Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms: Flowers that Inspire

The 2017 Inokashira Park cherry blossoms were the best I had ever seen. And it was the first time I had photographed them on a weekday.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get many photos as I worked in the afternoon. So, it was a shoot-and-scoot photo session. I got the pictures I wanted and went home for lunch. Then it went to my school. My heart stayed with the flowers, though.

I was lucky because the weather was perfect. The trees were at their best. Full bloom!! Kaboom baby! Finally! They looked so good. We had blue skies and clouds! I was excited.

No clouds in the sky is pretty bad. Endless blue is good for a picnic, but not for photos. It is dull, offering nothing for the imagination. This day was different. It was inspirational.

Most of Inokashira Park’s cherry blossoms are around its pond. There are trees on both sides, and they hang out over the water. Talk about picturesque. Anyway, it is where the crowd gravitates too.

2017 at the park was crowded. Everyone had DSLRs, phones, and selfie sticks. They went prepared to get their cherry blossoms photos. I only wish I had more time like them to get mine. But the clock was ticking, so I kept moving.

By the way, cherry blossom drinking parties are common there, but they have a rule. They need to be finished by 10 pm. That allows nearby residents to sleep more easily. In the past, celebrations would go very late. Noise levels must have been unbearable.

Since 2017, I don’t think I’ve ever photographed the flowers in such good condition at the park. That day was memorable. I’ll remember it far into the future.

It was also one of the last times I used my Pentax K-3.  Shortly after, that camera met its demise. I’ll tell you that story another day, though. That was a sad story.

The 2017 Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms were great. They were fabulous and inspired me to take better flower photos. It provided me with motivation for the future. By the way, have been to this place in Tokyo? If you have, tell us about your experience.

2017 Inokashira Park Cherry Blossoms photo gear:

Camera:  Pentax K-3

Lens:  Pentax SMC DA 18 – 135 mm f/3.5 – 5.6 ED AL (If) DC WR

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