Exposure: 1/80 sec, f/9, ISO 400

This Friday is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere but Toronto's hot season is a little late to arrive this year; we're halfway into July and it still feels like early spring. But I'm not complaining; I much prefer the cool 15-degree mornings and high-21s to the usual super hot and humid summer days. I took this series of photos over several days during this spring's highly anticipated and extremely popular cherry blossom season.

I snuck out a few days ahead of the full bloom to avoid the crowds and get some close-ups of the vibrant pink buds. We then revisited the same park throughout the week to follow their evolution into beautiful flowers.

Exposure: 1/640 sec, f/5.6, ISO 400

My default lens is the 16-80mm (f/2.8-4) but for this next shot I put on the longer 70-200mm (f/2.8) to be able to reach and isolate this charming bundle some ways up the tree.

Exposure: 1/2000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200

The next one was captured with the longer zoom as well; I was going for somewhat of a macro shot and wanted to get as much detail as I could out of the single flower. Of course this isn't exactly a macro lens and, as it is intended for subjects much further away, the minimum focus distance is therefore larger too. This proved somewhat of a challenge but I had to work with it. Quite happy with the end result!

Exposure: 1/2500 sec, f/6.3, ISO 500