They must be holding back, waiting for colder weather. There aren't any in sight around Kin Village in Okinawa, Japan but, maybe some were blooming up in the higher elevations.
So, first thing this morning, I told Doc Graff and Ryukyu Ryu that my mission for the day was to shoot a Cherry Blossom. That's all I cared about.
Find my first Sakura ( 桜 ) for the year 2012, shoot a photo of it and take the rest of the day off.
Doc lives way up in those northern mountains and said he had checked Mt. Yaedake before coming down to meet us. The description he gave of the Cherry Blossoms wasn't good. Groan.
So, we went to another mountain instead. There was only one tree with a few blossoms sprouting on it. We almost missed it but, when I have my cherry blossom radar turned on, I holler when I spot anything that even faintly resembles one. So, I hollered "CHERRY BLOSSOM" and Doc skillfully came back to earth and got us turned around on this narrow, mountainside road. I ain't telling where it is because it was the only tree blooming. The TV cameramen and newspaper reporters can just wait for Sakura Blossoms to bloom, like everybody else. Hah !
There she is, my first Cherry Blossom ( 桜 ) Photo for 2012. We Gotter Dun !