Some Early Bloomers
The Okinawa Island Guide says the Sakura Festival starts January 23 2016.
From then until February 7th, Mount Yae, will be crawling with cars and tourists.
If you don't like fighting the crowds, take a camera and get up there, now !
Yesterday, after shooting some plum blossoms, we went up the mountain.
There were only a few people along the road, taking pictures.
That's because there aren't lots of cherry trees blooming, yet.
It's fun, for me, to get up high in the hills and, shoot photos out in the fresh air.
One year, I met a pretty, blond haired gal named, Heidi up on that mountain.
She was real friendly and, let me shoot a photo of her, too.
Anytime, a pretty gal, let's me shoot her, I give them a free print.
So, now we're friends on Facebook and, she shoots some awesome photos, I found out.
Heidi contacted me and asked if, the sakura blossoms were opening yet.
So, I hollered back on Facebook, "Yup, I was up there yesterday."
And, I told her maybe, I'd post a few photos tonight if, I had time to do it.
One thing, I learned from having blond haired wives is, you don't lie to those women.
I figured it'd be best if, I show these pictures so, she knows I ain't a liar.
Looking at these images, you might think Sakura Season is in full swing but, it isn't.
All these photos were taken at a focal length of 420MM.
A mathematician might say, the blossoms are at about 2 percent or, something like that.
We don't want Heidi, to go running up the mountain and, come back down, all angry at me.
Because, she's a blond and, I don't need any more black eyes.
For this Sakura Report my recommendation would be: Wait two more weeks.
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