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An illustrated journal of life in the Puget Sound region by Times artist Gabriel Campanario.

February 23, 2010 at 2:15 PM

Cherry blossoms viewing will have to wait

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Feb. 22, 4:42 p.m. [Click on sketch to view larger]
These past few days of nearly spring-like weather were nice while they lasted. I even thought the cherry trees at the University of Washington campus may have started blooming. But I only found two trees on campus with flowers Monday afternoon — you can see one in my sketch. The cherry trees along the quad still displayed their intricate net of naked branches with no blossoms on sight.
The weather also misled Bryan Hubert, a photography aficionado strolling along the quad with his camera. He was expecting to see the blossoms even if it’s still too early for spring. His friend Walt Derke shared Hubert’s disappointment, as he was trying a new Nikon camera he just got for his birthday in December. But he remained optimistic about the outing. “I’m sure I’ll find something else. I’ll make the best of it,” he said.
And that is not difficult on any given day at the majestic campus. The experience of walking around the red square and taking in the views of the Gothic-revival architecture is well worth the visit. Specially when you don’t have to worry about being late for class or studying for the next exam.

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