Local photographers capture the beauty of spring in Northeast Ohio

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Posted at 12:42 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 12:42:28-04

CLEVELAND — If you want to get outside this week for some exercise and fresh air while maintain social distancing, consider going to a park where you can see the many Japanese cherry trees adding pops of color to the landscape—their blossoms are a sure sign of changing seasons in Northeast Ohio.

Local photographers captured one of everybody's favorite springtime scenes: Wade Lagoon in University Circle.

On its blog, The Cleveland Museum of Art detailed a virtual art walk in the lagoon, where visitors can either physically check out the pieces of art scattered around the fine arts garden or visit them from the comfort of their home while the trees show off pops of color.

Last year, the museum opened the south doors of its historic 1916 building. Now with the change in season, visitors can walk through the museum's Fine Arts Garden, which was created by the firm of Frederick Law Olmsted, designer of Central Park in New York City. Just make sure you keep a safe distance from other visitors walking the gardens.

And we can't forget about Daffodil Hill at Lake View Cemetery. With a sprawling 285 acres of stunning horticulture, the cemetery is an unassuming haven to capture a flower synonymous with spring.

Local photographer Anthony Boarman captured the cherry blossoms alongside the towpath trail in Akron. He says the city’s former mayor Don Plusquellic was inspired by the cherry blossoms after a visit to Hiroshima. In 2010, he had an Akron arborist to plant these alongside the towpath trail.

“In my trips to Hiroshima and Tokyo, I’ve admired the cherry trees that are a symbol of peace in Japan, and I wanted to bring them here," Plusquellic said in a letter in 2012.

One of Cleveland’s oldest neighborhood parks, the recreation hub and 132-acre reservation in an urban setting is a refuge for wildlife and cherry blossom. The Japanese Association of Northeast Ohio donated over 100 Yoshino cherry blossoms. The first trees were planted in the 1990s with others added over time.

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If you go outside to explore a park near you, remember to practice social distancing.