Over 250 pounds of marine debris was gathered and backpacked to a central point where it was removed by the BLM. A very special thanks to Simpson University and the students of the Outdoor Leadership Program - each piece of marine debris removed from our beaches keeps our lands and ocean clean and healthy!
Today is World Oceans Day! Post your photos of the ocean to your favorite social media platforms using the hashtag #OurOcean2014, or add the photos to the “OurOcean2014” group on Flickr. Some of the photos you share will be featured at the “Our Ocean” conference in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17, 2014. Go to www.state.gov/ourocean to learn more!
The Japanese cherry blossom, known as the Sakura in Japanese, is the flower of a cherry tree that is cultivated for its decorative features rather than for cherries (it doesn’t bear fruit). The overwhelming beauty of the cherry blossom bloom has been known and adored for ages. The blooming period is associated with Japanese traditions, culture, aesthetics, and is a bittersweet metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life itself.
The blooming cherry blossoms herald the beginning of the centuries-old Hanami festival – the traditional Japanese custom of picnicking under trees rich with flowering Sakura branches and enjoying this short but striking first breath of spring. The blossoming wave usually starts in Okinawa in January or February and progresses through all of Japan until April or May. The cherry blossom front (Sakura zensen) can be conveniently tracked every year using this calendar.