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
other people’s children
catch them now
in the middle
of the widow’s lawn
weeping cherry
blossom viewing
mother shrinks deeper
into her shawl
shaking off
cherry blossoms,
the deaf dog
cherry blossoms-
dusk slips in

tourists gone —
a night breeze
stirs the blossoms


. . . . by Roberta Beary, from various publications

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.