Spring In It's Full Beauty - The Wild Cherry Tree

in photography •  2 months ago 

Today is a special day as I can show you the wild cherry blossom I've been waiting for to bloom. For me spring starts with these cherry blossoms as these are the most spectacular flowers of the season. The other day I've managed to take a bunch of photos, half of which were blurry again due to the wind, and had to be deleted.

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This is pink and the its leaves are dark claret, almost brown. Interesting that this one is blooming a week later than the white one. So here it is, in its full beauty, with these little flowers made of five petals each. Just like the white one, it has a very pleasant scent.

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Unfortunately it won't last more than one week or two, then the petals start to fall and the whole street is full of white and pink cherry petals. It would be nice to enjoy these beautiful cherry blossoms for a little bit longer but unfortunately that's not possible. Mother nature had other plans when designed the schedule for these trees.

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In Japan, cherry blossoms symbolize clouds due to their nature of blooming en masse, besides being an enduring metaphor for the ephemeral nature of life, an aspect of Japanese cultural tradition that is often associated with Buddhist influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware. source

I know there's a cherry blossom festival in China and I was hoping to see some photos here since there's a Chinese community with a pretty decent number of users but no luck so far. Maybe next year.

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Looks like there are a lot of things I don't know about cherry blossom but Steemit is making me learn. It turns out a lot of things are made out of cherry blossom.

Cherry blossoms and leaves are edible and both are used as food ingredients in Japan:

  • The blossoms are pickled in salt and umezu (ume vinegar), and used for coaxing out flavor in wagashi, (a traditional Japanese confectionery) or anpan, (a Japanese sweet bun, most-commonly filled with red bean paste).
  • Salt-pickled blossoms in hot water are called sakurayu, and drunk at festive events like weddings in place of green tea.
  • The leaves, mostly from the Ōshima cherry because of the softness, are also pickled in salted water and used for sakuramochi.
    Since the leaves contain coumarin, which is toxic in large doses, it is not recommended to eat them in great quantities. source

I don't intend to poison myself but I'd really love to taste the these.

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After the flowering period is over, every flower is replaced by a cherry, or at least that's how it should be. Cherries then end up on the ground and tha's how nature's recycling works.

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This is my contribution to #wednesdaywalk hosted by @tattoodjay and to #seasonchallenge hosted by @roxy-cat. Check out the latest edition of the SeasonChallenge here -> SeasonChallenge #26 - 🌱Spring🌱 || Highlights of the past week

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Wow! I enjoyed reading! Beautiful Cherry Blossoms...

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Thank you.

Such beauty. I love the wild cherry blossom, such a nice colours this delicate flowers have. And besides the great shots also a nice read with some more information. Have been introduced to these flowers some years back by a college who got an awesome tattoo on her arm of some blossoms.

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Thank you @tijntje. I've never seen a cherry blossom tattoo but it must have been really nice, as the flowers are nice as well.

Wow! Amazing photos of a wonderful flower. Indeed, there is no Spring without cherry blossoms.
One of my deepest wishes is to visit Japan during Sakura festival. Cherey blossoms all over the place...it must be divine.
Thank you for this beautiful contribution. 😘

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Thank you dear Roxy! There are so many things to see in Japan ... 😐 And there is cherry blossom festival in China too 😁

Fantastic images! I am sure the scent is divine.
I am looking forward to see the cherry tree next to my office to bloom (it has just started) and to make more photos. It is white and already has attracted the bees.

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Thank you very much my friend. If you see that tree blooming, hurry up and take photos as many as you can because these flowers don't last unfortunately.
In case of rain or a heavy shower, you won't get a chance to take photos as the petals end up on the ground.
Looking forward to seeing your photos 🙂

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You again! Haven't seen you for a while.

What gorgeous shots of the Cherry BlossomsI do love whenI hey appear s well, but as you say they come and go so quickly we have to be quicker we miss them, Hopefully they last longer than the did for us last year just a couple of days as then we had a heavy storm pass through which wished so may of them away

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Thank you very much @tattoodjay for your support. I agree with you, unfortunately they don't last for long. Today there was a heavy shower, i bet almost all the petals are already on the ground.

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It is a shame it is so short but its natures way and then the greens will come

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Yes, the green and fruits as well.

really beautiful flowers, I think that the ephemeral of flowering also contributes to its beauty

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Incredibly beautiful images @erikah I love that soft pink with the darker red stamens. You've captured great colour and clarity and I'm sure you are making the most of welcoming Spring back into your life with all her warmth and beauty. 😊

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Wow this tree have so nice cherry flowers. Really nice picture I love it. Keep up your great Work. I will follow you now.

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Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

I too live the cherry blossoms! Made a vid about them here in Japan! I found you from the @ocd curation nomination post. My vid is write above your post there.

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Wow, thanks for letting me know. I haven't had the chance to visit the other posts unfortunately but I'm heading over now. Thanks you for the nice words :)