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Cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park are early this year

Branch Brook Park in Newark, New Jersey, has the largest and most spectacular display of cherry blossoms in the Eastern United States, including the more well known Tidal Basin display in Washington DC.  It is a crown jewel of the Essex County Park system. The annual Cherry Blossom Festival takes place during the middle two weeks in April when the blossoms are usually in all their glory.

This year an unusually warm winter in the Northeast together with 80 degree temperatures the week of March 19th conspired to make the early spring flowers including daffodils,  forsythia and the cherry trees, bloom weeks ahead of time.  I strolled through the park on a sunny Thursday afternoon when there were just a few people enjoying the day as I was.  This is some of  what I saw.

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3 responses

  1. The cherry blossoms are indeed gorgeous and you captured them beautifully. We have them in bloom here in Oregon, too, but it is not early for us and may even be a bit late due to our colder than usual early spring.

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    March 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM

  2. karenmagid

    Wow. Even with the Jacarandas here in all their purple glory, I think cherry blossoms are even more stunning. I’d love a copy of the photo with the one full tree so that I can use it on my computer desktop and just keep looking at it. Of course, I need to see your pics of the Jacarandas as well.

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    March 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

  3. fivereflections

    beautiful blossoms

    david in Maine USA

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    April 1, 2012 at 5:28 AM

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