suns along the Mohawk

what I’m missing

My good friend Yu Chang (who, in fact, gave me my first “real” camera a few years ago) drove over to Washington Avenue on Tuesday (April 23) to capture some of the early cherry blossoms for me while I’m away visiting family.

 Here’s a compilation I’ve constructed of his photos to remind me of what I’m missing, and to motivate me to get back to the Stockade before the cherry blossoms disappear.

– click on the collage for a larger version –

Prof. Chang (Union College, Electrical-Computer Engineering Department) is a world-renowned haiku poet who was an Honored Guest Poet for several years at my now all-archive weblog f/k/a. I’m proud to have him as my first Honored Guest Photographer here at suns along the Mohawk.  Here’s one of his haiku poems that appeared at f/k/a:

shutter lag –
just bees
on the blossoms

………….. by Yu Chang – from Upstate Dim Sum

My very first web post about our Stockade cherry blossoms was in 2008 at f/k/a; click here for an array of photos and of haiku about cherry blossoms.  I hope to be back to Washington Avenue before a replay of this poem, which I wrote in 2008:

windy day
more blossoms at the curb
than on the tree

… david giacalone

Blossoming Bonus:

Roberta Beary, one of my best friends and a much-honored haiku poet, responded from Washington, D.C. this morning to my request to use some of her poems on cherry blossoms in this webpost, by sending a generous bouquet of haiku.  Please enjoy them, along with more of Yu Chang’s photos from this week on Washington Avenue:

cherry blossoms
the tug tug tug
of baby’s hand
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blossoms
other people’s children
catch them now
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in the middle
of the widow’s lawn
weeping cherry
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blossom viewing
mother shrinks deeper
into her shawl
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shaking off
cherry blossoms,
the deaf dog
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cherry blossoms-
dusk slips in
uninvited
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tourists gone —
a night breeze
stirs the blossoms

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. . . . by Roberta Beary, from various publications

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Naturally, after seeing Yu Chang’s early-blossom preview, I can’t wait to see the mature, full blossoming on Washington Avenue and throughout the Stockade.  Thanks again to Yu and Roberta.
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