Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Weekend of Pink

I have a strong dislike for the color pink. It's too . . . girly. It annoys me that pink represents women, while blue – a color I truly love – stands for boys. Why can't a girl wear blue? Because strangers will think she's a boy if she weren't wearing pink?

Okay, okay, I'm not completely unreasonable. There are a couple of pink things that I actually like, such as the website Pink Tentacle.

And one weekend a year I allow myself to embrace this color. I must admit that seeing the girly color clustered on the branches of flowering cherry trees is rather soothing. When I look at sakura, or cherry blossoms, at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for its annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, I don't think gender or the princesses, I think of the fleeting nature of our lives. Of the impermanence of things we take for granted.

Here are a few Japanese flowering cherry trees, resplendent in pink, during last weekend's 30th Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.






























































































































































































































In the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden, most of the cherry blossoms had flowered and were beyond their peak, but taking a stroll in the garden-within-a-garden was still a delightful treat.

































































































































































































3 comments:

VENUS said...

I don't particularly like the fact that from the beginning we assign colors to the sexes, but I do enjoy the color of pink in nature!!!

Audrey said...

I'm glad that for two days, you allowed a little pink into your life. Sounds like a great time!

shrinecastle said...

Venus & Audrey - Yes, the pink flowers were beautiful, and I couldn't help but enjoy the color. But I still won't wear it! :D