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Hanami means "flower viewing" in Japanese. It gets its own special word because the blooming of the cherry blossoms here is a huge deal. Meteorologists visit the trees every day trying to predict when they'll bloom, signs go up around the city that say Sakura (cherry blossom in japanese) on them, and restaurants even have special Sakura cookies for sale.

People get into it.

The cherry blossoms don't last long, though. After a week they fall to the ground, which means that there is one big weekend for cherry blossom viewing.

Leaf Drops

On The Nosy Moth

Leaf Drops, by Suprada on Flickr

Saturday April 11, my friend Yi and I headed out to Sequoia NP - our first time ever. After a beautiful drive from the bay area, we arrived at the Park entrance. The only campgrounds available were in the foothills section - Other campgrounds were above the snow line! We found our way to a beautiful campsite in the Potwisha campground - right next to the roaring Kaweah river, with trees and sun and moss.

After setting up our tent, we headed up into the mountains to see the actual Sequoia trees. The previous days it had snowed,but today the sun was out. We decided to hike the very popular \"General Sherman Tree trail\". Walking amidst these huge redwoods, in the sunny, snowy slightly foggy weather is a beautiful experience. What is even more enchanting is to find the snow melting off trees and converging into droplets at the very tip of the needle shaped leaves - who said there\'s no magic in this world?

Technical Details: Camera: Canon Powershot G9 ISO: 80 Exposure: f/4.8 @ 1/25s Flash: Off WB: Daylight

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