One of the reasons I fell in love with Stockholm when I was living there was its seasons. I was used to the dry, warm and sunny Spanish weather and every change in Stockholm was like a new surprise for me: the impressive colorful autumn, the stillness and pure whiteness of winter, the explosion of life and color everywhere in spring, the long, green and warm days of summer in the archipielago… I was always eager to see the next season.
One of the things I missed the most after moving to Dublin was going to see the cherry blossoms in Kungsträdgården, in central Stockholm. Every year in late April, the 63 cherry trees of the park blossom and create two parallel beautiful tunels of pink flowers at each side of the fountain of Wolodarski. It was quite a sight to behold! And it was the definite sign of the beginning of spring and one of my favourite moments every year in Sweden.
It wasn’t until a few months ago that I discovered something similar here in Dublin. A few weeks ago I showed you some early signs of the Irish spring in Dublin (Early Spring). For those photos, I went to Herbert Park, a public park not far from where I live, not very turistic, where I can spend a lot of time taking photos of flowers and some animals and where I don’t have to wait for tourists to pass by.  Doing a bit of research about the park I saw some old photos of the park with cherry trees in blossom, so I waited until they were in bloom. Although some of the old and biggest cherry trees of the park have been cut down recently, the wait was totally worth it. The park has these days a beautiful promenade with a white and pink canopy. And I could photograph a few more spring surprises… 🙂

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Cherry blossom canopy. Canon EOS 1200D 55mm f/10 1/40sec. ISO 100
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Details. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/125sec. ISO 100
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Pink cherry blossom. Canon EOS 1200D 169mm f/5.6 1/160sec. ISO 100
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White cherry blossom. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/250sec. ISO 100
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Busy bee. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/250sec. ISO 100
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Details. Canon EOS 1200D 100mm f/5 1/400sec. ISO 200
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New borns. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/800sec. ISO 400
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Hello there! Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/80sec. ISO 1600
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Grey squirrel. Canon EOS 1200D 250mm f/5.6 1/60sec. ISO 100
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White cherry tree. Canon EOS 1200D 172mm f/5.6 1/200sec. ISO 100
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Sakura. Canon EOS 1200D 70mm f/4.5 1/80sec. ISO 100
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Bench beneath the pink ceiling. Canon EOS 1200D 50mm f/1.8 1/640sec. ISO 100

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16 Comments

  1. but of course i’d love da’ squirrel huh ! 🙂

    • I was having doubts about including the squirrels and the little ducklings in this post… But I couldn’t resist!!!! 🙂
      Thanks for your comment! I’m glad you like the post!

  2. Fabulous photos of the park. The ducks and squirrels lit up my eyes.

    • Thanks for your kind words!!!! Glad you like the photos!
      My main intention was capture the cherry blossom but then I found the little ducklings and the squirrels and they definitely made my day! 🙂

  3. Beautiful pictures x

  4. About time, but they sure turned out lovely, didn’t they? 🙂

    • I was starting to fear that some hailstorm would ruin everything… Fortunatelly it didn’t happen!!! Late spring but still a beautiful one!! 🙂

  5. Simply beautiful! I long to experience spring. 🙁

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  7. Beautiful!! I love cherry blossom – just wish they would last longer…

    • Thanks!!!! Yes, they are gorgeous! In Spain we don’t have so many in the cities…. more almond trees that bloom in February…. I loved the cherry trees in Sweden and now I have discovered more in Dublin!! 🙂 For me it’s the best moment of spring!

  8. Beautiful capture of the pink blossom. What a joy!

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