I have lived in this Culver City neighborhood for over ten years and I don’t ever remember seeing these trees in such ferocious bloom. So, like my experience at the gas station the other day, this festive display of snowy white blooms took me aback.
After some extensive googling, I am now pretty sure these are white cherry blossoms.
My explanation for this phenomonom is that we had some unusually cold winter temperatures (for Los Angeles) followed immediately by sunshine and warm days. I think the trees thought they were living in Washington DC (famous for cherry trees blossoming in the spring) and that February was really April or May.
Anyway, the next day I armed myself with my camera and retraced the route.
I enjoyed the carpets of fallen petals on the sidewalk, grass and street. Like snowflakes but no need for snow plows, just a broom. And a lot less messy than purple jacaranda flowers that stain everything they come in contact with.
And just for something different… orange trees fruiting away across the street!
One last look at the cherry trees.
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