Weeping Cherry Blossoms of Kariya Park

In continuing my series of cherry blossoms for this week, this post will cover the weeping cherry blossoms of Kariya Park, in the heart of the city of Mississauga—just outside of the city of Toronto.

Kariya Park is a little known Japanese garden dedicated to the twin city of Kariya, in Japan. The park is home to a number of cherry blossoms, and at last count, three different types of cherry blossoms. The amount of sakura trees may not be as much as what you will find at High Park in Toronto, but it still offers a unique experience for the park visitors.

Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/6.3, ISO 800, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/160 sec., f/6.3, ISO 800, 24mm

I took my Periscope family here yesterday for a photo tour around the park, while taking pictures at the same time, trying to best capture the uniqueness of these weeping cherry blossoms.

Nikon D800, 1/40 sec., f/3.5, ISO 1250, 190mm

Nikon D800, 1/40 sec., f/3.5, ISO 1250, 190mm

I found it much more difficult to try and frame these weeping trees than the regular cherry blossoms at High Park, so I hope I was able to capture the beauty of them with these photos.

Nikon D800, 1/40 sec., f/3.5, ISO 1250, 190mm

Nikon D800, 1/40 sec., f/3.5, ISO 1250, 190mm

Even with having people within the frame, it was quite the challenge to be able to express the beauty of these weeping blossoms.

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 800, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/4.5, ISO 800, 24mm

The front of the park offered these colourful blossoms, which contrasted nicely with the dark fence behind.

And if you’re in doubt as to how to take pictures of these blossoms, we can always just look straight up and enjoy their beauty with this great view.

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/5.0, ISO 640, 70mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/5.0, ISO 640, 70mm

Kariya Park is located just across the street from the Square One shopping mall, on the South side. Be on the lookout next Spring when these sakura trees will once again bloom.

2 replies
  1. Yen
    Yen says:

    Your pictures are very well captured, pink and beautiful sakura.
    I would love to see these beautiful cherry blossoms this year
    Do you know when they bloom each year? Thanks

  2. Taku Kumabe
    Taku Kumabe says:

    Hi Yen, Thanks for dropping by my blog! The cherry blossoms at High Park are likely to peak between the first and second week of May. So I would suspect the cherry blossoms at Kariya Park to bloom around the same time. The peak for each year will always change depending on the weather. It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact day with the warm/cold temperatures we’ve been getting this year. If you follow me on Instagram, I’ll try and post more updates on the cherry blossoms at High Park and Kariya Park.

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