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April 21, 2008

Washington (Ave.) Cherry Blossoms – Schenectady, NY

Filed under: Haiku or Senryu,q.s. quickies,Schenectady Synecdoche — David Giacalone @ 6:16 pm

. . . Last week, the corner where I live had the blahs. Even with a blue sky, it seemed like a black-and-white, colorless world.

cloud-covered twilight
she resets the printer
to grayscale

…… by dagosan

Over the weekend, however, we got color.

All it took was the arrival of our cherry blossoms.


Like my former adopted hometown of Washington, D.C., humble little Washington Ave. in the Historic Stockade District of Schenectady, NY, has a few splendid days dominated by cherry blossoms.

the wiggle
of a bee’s behind—
cherry blossom

. . . . . . by Laryalee Fraser

As you can see, the Washington Avenue cherry-blossom trees are rather young, but they already make a big splash and promise much more as the years go by. Here are a couple photos I took this afternoon; you’ll find a few more below the fold.

Washington Ave. looking northward from Union St. (larger)

distant thunder
a few cherry blossoms
float to earth

just blossoming blossomBranch
we meet under
the cherry tree

. . . . by w.f. owen

This tree stands in front of the Schenectady County Historical Society at 32 Washington Ave.

cherry blossoms
the tug tug tug
of baby’s hand

morning mist blossomBranch
a bent back sweeps
yesterday’s blossoms

. . . . . by roberta beary

update (April 24, 2008): Many thanks to our venerable (well, old) and very popular local morning radio personality Don Weeks, for posting a few of these f/k/a photos at his 810WGY webpage. See “Cherry Blossoms in Schenectady”, April 24, 2008)

– for information on cherry blossom festivals in Washington and Vancouver, and many more cherry blossom haiku, see our 2007 posting and our 2008 sequel.

click “more” to see more blossoms under the fold –

This pair fronts a lot (with gazebo) next to the Historical Society, with a riverside view.

Here’s a lovely little tree that I can see from my bedroom window:

impermanence update (April 26, 2008): a mere five days later, the heat and wind hurried along the inevitable loss of the blossoms on this same tree and all the others on Washington Ave. (click for a larger version):

windy day
more blossoms at the curb
than on the tree

……… by dagosan

Two of Washington Ave.’s three short blocks — from Union St. to the dead end at the Mohawk River — have cherry blossom trees planted on both sides of the narrow street. Some day, like in Kenwood down in Bethesda, MD, the trees should make a lovely cherry blossom canopy over Washington Ave.

(larger; Wash. Ave at Union St.)

a week’s worth
of cherry blossoms –
pink puddles everywhere

………… by dagosan

perennial update: See “cherry blossoms return to the Stockade” (April 25, 2009), at suns along the Mohawk.

Heavenly Bonus (April 24, 2008): Schenectady’s most impressive, mature display of cherry blossoms can be found at Congregation Gates of Heaven, at 852 Ashmore Ave. [corner of Eastern Parkway]. Its 16th Annual Cherry Blossom Crafts Festival, takes place Sunday, April 27, 2008 (10 AM to 3 PM). Here are two photos I took this afternoon (click on each picture for an enlarged version).

p.s. We’ve got magnolias, too, in the Stockade this week. This photo was taken April 22, 2008. The tree is located at 26 Front St., the birthplace of Schenectady’s first mayor (and later a Governor of New York State), Joseph C. Yates. (see the full-sized photo here)

– – and don’t forget the tulips! A lot of Stockade residents look forward to the tulip display lining the sidewalk entryway to First Reformed Church (at Union and N. Church Sts.). This picture taken today (April 24, 2008) shows you why [click it for a larger version]:

follow-up (May 3, 2008): Our Stockade cherry blossoms are already gone, but there are many Redbud trees beautifying the neighborhood this week. Many of the larger Redbud trees are in backyards and worth seeking out. I took this photo on May 1, 2008, on N. Church St.; its at the back of our lovely First Reformed Church (click on it for a larger version).

another update (May 8, 2008): The First Reformed tulips are gone, but there are lots more in the Stockade. See our post “tulips-R-Us today.”


  1. Truly wonderful and, as I look out at the bare branches of my apple tree, full of hope. Thanks for these.

    Comment by Anne Reed — April 21, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  2. Hi, Anne. Thanks for sharing in my little cherry blossom reverie. May your apple tree be beautiful and bountiful this season.

    Comment by David Giacalone — April 21, 2008 @ 8:15 pm

  3. nice photos david.

    all of this blossoming & blooming
    equals alot of work.

    spring breeze
    cherry blossoms speckle
    the cement man’s back

    cherry blossoms
    the weight
    of a chainsaw

    Comment by ed markowski — April 21, 2008 @ 10:25 pm

  4. Hi, Ed. Thanks for sharing your fine new poems. I’m just a freeloader — all I have to do is look at the blossoms; no yard work for me.

    Comment by David Giacalone — April 21, 2008 @ 10:41 pm

  5. David:

    Gorgeous pictures and I loved W. F. Owen’s “just blossoming.”

    Don @ Lilliput Review

    Comment by Don — April 24, 2008 @ 5:36 pm

  6. […] At f/k/a, you can find photos of the 2008 cherry blossoms along Washington Avenue, in the Schenectady Stockade Historic District, and at Congregation Gates of Heaven, at 852 Ashmore Ave. […]

    Pingback by cherry blossoms return to the Stockade « suns along the Mohawk — April 25, 2009 @ 10:55 pm

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