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Cleveland photographer captures explosion of cherry blossoms in full bloom ahead of Cleveland Museum of Art's picnic event

Posted: 12:55 PM, Apr 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-19 16:55:41Z
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CLEVELAND — You don’t have to travel to Japan to see a pastel paradise of cherry blossoms in full bloom. Located a stone’s throw away from the south doors of the Cleveland Museum of Art in Wade’s Lagoon, a beautiful spectrum of pink hues hug the walkable path around the lake.

Cleveland-based photographer Gabe Leidy captured these trees in full bloom— a sure sign letting Northeast Ohioans desperate for relief from the cold that spring is here, for now.

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Cherry Blossoms in full bloom at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo taken on Saturday, April 13, 2019 by Gabe Leidy.

The picturesque views of the cherry blossoms at Wade Lagoon is just one prime photography spot to take spring pictures. If cherry blossoms aren’t your thing, travel a short ways away to Lake View Cemetery and view a yellow explosion of the cemetery’s famous daffodils on Daffodil Hill.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is hosting cherry blossom picnics to appreciate the fleeting, stunning beauty of Japan’s unofficial flower.

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Cherry Blossoms in full bloom at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo taken on Saturday, April 13, 2019 by Gabe Leidy.

Arrive early at the museum’s Fine Arts Garden on Sunday, April 28 to claim a coveted picnic spot with performances, art activities and tours. The picnic goes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info here.

Anyone who wears pink or white to the picnic will be given free admission to Shinto:Discovery in Japanese Divine Art.

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Cherry Blossoms in full bloom at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo taken on Saturday, April 13, 2019 by Gabe Leidy.

Earlier this month, 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.

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