I went to the University of Washington campus last week, scouting the quad for a maternity shoot. This time of year the cherry trees there are in full bloom, but they don’t last long.

There are some other places around town with cherry trees, and they bloom at a different time than the ones at UW, so there will be “Cherry Tree Availability” for a couple of weeks at least.

The camellias are also in full bloom now, and some have even started to drop their petals. I pass by one like that regularly in my neighborhood, and the drift of color it’s leaving on the steps underneath was pretty striking.

Stairs: Fujifilm X-T4, Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8

Cherry Trees: Nikon D850, Nikon 28-70mm f2.8

Color photo of the quad at the University of Washington. A red brick pathway leads from the bottom of the photo up to the mid distance, flanked by green grass. People are everywhere, on the path and the grass. Across the quad, and on either side, are cherry trees in full bloom, covered in whitish-pink flowers. Above, the sky shows a thin strip of blue below dark clouds.