Fleeting beauty

There is nothing as joyful

As walking underneath the pink clouds

(Waving gently in the wind)

Of the sakura or Japanese cherry blossoms.

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They remind us that life

Is intense and fleeting

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As it follows the natural cycles

Of birth and death and renewal.

Buds

They flower for such a short time, like us,

And remind us that we too are as beautiful

And transient as a cherry blossom.

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100 responses

  1. Yes, the only downside is the very short life they are with us…sigh! Beautiful thanks for sharing.

    May 20, 2013 at 15:47

  2. Japanese cherry blossoms are so breathtaking and beautiful. The epitome of spring.

    May 20, 2013 at 16:14

  3. Excellent Post …… and very true!

    May 20, 2013 at 16:22

  4. Maybe part of what makes them so achingly beautiful is that they are so fleeting. If they lingered through the summer, we’d probably stop noticing or appreciating them. Yet looking at your photos, it’s hard to imagine how that could ever be possible! These are, it goes without saying, stunningly gorgeous. The first and last especially, those are my favorites.

    May 20, 2013 at 16:38

  5. just heavenly!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:02

  6. Very charming cherries… Gorgeous capture!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:11

  7. Just gorgeous!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:13

  8. Anonymous

    Heavenly indeed! Love that pink! Hope you have a great week!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:14

  9. Pat

    Breathtaking!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:29

  10. Vakkert, vakkert! I’d like to inhale the last one, so beautiful! All of them!

    May 20, 2013 at 17:41

  11. Don

    Absolutely wonderful.

    May 20, 2013 at 17:58

  12. Don

    I can almost smell them.

    May 20, 2013 at 17:58

  13. What gorgeous photos! They are such a lovely pink color. Too bad they can’t flower for longer.

    May 20, 2013 at 18:03

  14. Hello Lady Fi!
    Fantastic photos of Japanese cherry!
    Wonder.
    Regards:)
    Lucia

    May 20, 2013 at 18:03

  15. In heaven, we shall have this beauty for eternity.

    Xxx Love to you and Oscar. Xxxx

    May 20, 2013 at 18:50

  16. Lori. Skoog

    Spectacular shots….outstanding color, clarity and composition.

    May 20, 2013 at 19:02

  17. only thing more beautiful to me is standing underneath them in the rain of blossoms….oh yeah…lovely shots…

    May 20, 2013 at 19:37

  18. Always good to have a reminder.

    May 20, 2013 at 19:39

  19. Beautiful!!! That last shot is especially gorgeous!!! And your prose…very thought provoking…

    May 20, 2013 at 19:45

  20. Gorgeous, LadyFi! :)

    May 20, 2013 at 20:04

  21. Just lovely!

    May 20, 2013 at 20:13

  22. Absolutely beautiful. And so evocative!

    May 20, 2013 at 20:27

  23. mtwaggin

    Some of my favorite blossoms! Thank you for sharing.

    May 20, 2013 at 20:42

  24. I love, love, love this post. :)

    May 20, 2013 at 20:42

  25. So pretty! Thanks for sharing :)

    May 20, 2013 at 20:56

  26. Very pretty pink blooms.

    May 20, 2013 at 21:13

  27. bobbushell

    Superb pink flowers.

    May 20, 2013 at 21:45

  28. cloudia

    So sweet.. Thanks!

    Aloha

    May 20, 2013 at 22:37

  29. Beautiful captures, the cherry blossoms are so pretty. Love the pretty pink color. Gorgeous images, have a happy week!

    May 20, 2013 at 23:27

  30. They are wonderful reminders, exactly as you so beautifully stated. Joyful Spring!

    May 20, 2013 at 23:54

  31. Briefly beautiful. Stunning capture! :)

    May 20, 2013 at 23:55

  32. Gorgeous series of shots, life is indeed fleeting.

    May 21, 2013 at 00:42

  33. So beautiful and a wonderful reminder.

    May 21, 2013 at 01:05

  34. cosmos

    Thank you for a dedication to Sakura. They are truly unearthly beautiful and shining.

    May 21, 2013 at 01:35

  35. Brilliant photos and a wonderful post!

    May 21, 2013 at 01:58

  36. You say it so well. Beautiful Fleeting. Intense.

    May 21, 2013 at 03:16

  37. shewhocarriescamera

    that second one is fab!!

    May 21, 2013 at 04:10

  38. Oh, what a delight! Beautiful, beautiful post.. rings so true :)


    My Yatra Diary…

    May 21, 2013 at 04:43

  39. I was instantly in awe when I saw the second picture. It’s so much still life in the photo that it makes me ponder about what we see everyday – how much of life are we missing out on, as we buzz around day to day?

    May 21, 2013 at 04:59

  40. Rahul

    The pink sky and pink all around is mesmerizing:)

    May 21, 2013 at 05:00

  41. Hudson Howl

    yes life is intense and fleeting, the beauty here in word and image is comforting. Thank you, these pictures have come my way at a appropriate time.

    May 21, 2013 at 05:14

  42. Oh! How lovely!

    May 21, 2013 at 05:50

  43. Soothingly gorgeous images!

    May 21, 2013 at 06:37

  44. What clarity and beauty in your photos. Where are they growing?

    May 21, 2013 at 07:46

  45. I love your photos, but these are really gorgeous. I really find the second photo with the light coming through the petals as truly exceptional

    May 21, 2013 at 07:57

  46. Stunning! Sakura blossoms are my all time favourite ;-)

    May 21, 2013 at 08:14

  47. Enchanting. Thank you.

    May 21, 2013 at 08:27

  48. This is my fav. shade of pink.
    Lovely captures.

    May 21, 2013 at 08:43

  49. Love is in the air ;) :)
    Really gorgeous and I ♡ it very much, Lady Fi!
    Warm greetings from a wet Holland,
    Anna :D

    May 21, 2013 at 09:47

  50. Lovely, beautiful and so pink :)

    May 21, 2013 at 11:01

  51. Helt underbara och romantiska vårbilder! Imponerad över att våren kommit till dig också. Det är tydligen inte så stor skillnad mellan syd och norr, som man tror…

    May 21, 2013 at 11:16

  52. A heavenly cloud of pink! Such a wonder of beauty!

    May 21, 2013 at 11:33

  53. liek being below a pink roof. :) Wonderful!

    May 21, 2013 at 12:04

  54. I love these delicate flowers, beautiful colors!

    May 21, 2013 at 12:10

  55. They are one of my favourite things – even though pink isn’t really my colour!

    May 21, 2013 at 12:44

  56. Beautiful post and flowers!

    May 21, 2013 at 13:12

  57. Your words and photos are beautifully blended. Lovely.

    May 21, 2013 at 13:16

  58. Stunning!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

    May 21, 2013 at 14:31

  59. Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing. :)

    May 21, 2013 at 14:50

  60. Sensational pictures! How I would love to be there right now …

    May 21, 2013 at 14:50

  61. Our neighbor in Texas had a cherry blossom tree. I miss it so, even if it only bloomed for a few short weeks. Your shots are amazing.

    May 21, 2013 at 14:55

  62. Jim

    Oh my! I am closing my eyes and breathing in those beautiful blossoms.

    May 21, 2013 at 16:34

  63. Gorgeous, Fiona. I love seeing the Japanese Cherry blossoms. I saw them once on a trip to Washington DC during the spring and they were beautiful.. SO many of them.. I do love that pink color better than the traditional white… Isn’t the rebirth in spring just awesome?

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    May 21, 2013 at 16:43

  64. I’m not sure which is more beautiful — your words or your photos. Both are marvelous.

    May 21, 2013 at 17:09

  65. Stunning shots, especially that last one. I love this time of year!

    May 21, 2013 at 17:40

  66. JM

    Love all shots but the first two are extremely beautiful. WOW!

    May 21, 2013 at 17:52

  67. Beautiful photographs, wonderful spring climates:) Greetings

    May 21, 2013 at 18:32

  68. If they smell as beautiful as they look then it really would be bliss doubled Fiona. Tres belle images.
    p.s. there are a few exceptions to the shopping, like books, camera shops/markets oui :)

    May 21, 2013 at 18:34

  69. I love the Japanese Cherryblossom. I have also a Japanese Cherry tree, which flowers every spring abundantly. It is a sign that spring is coming!

    May 21, 2013 at 18:42

  70. imac

    Perfect my friend,lovely.

    May 21, 2013 at 20:36

  71. Such intense colors and they come at you all at once. They are beautiful while they last.

    May 21, 2013 at 20:57

  72. Oh my gosh those are so beautiful….we can’t have them growing here in the Okanagan, because of all the orchards. And I miss them so much.

    Jen

    May 22, 2013 at 01:01

  73. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous. Spring is such a beautiful time.

    May 22, 2013 at 03:08

  74. I just adore the colors! especially the second shot.

    May 22, 2013 at 03:25

  75. Are you sure, Fi – are you sure we are THAT beautiful? Would it be so.

    May 22, 2013 at 03:32

  76. Such beauty, and those colors…. Nature is just pure amazement.

    May 22, 2013 at 04:41

  77. How lovely and lush the photos are, I feel like I am walking under the tree with you! It is true they are only with us for a short while
    and our life here on earth is too short.

    May 22, 2013 at 05:09

  78. Al

    Absolutely gorgeous photos, I miss seeing the cherry blossoms.

    May 22, 2013 at 05:45

  79. The color and there is calmness inside while watching. Thanks for sharing.

    May 22, 2013 at 06:23

  80. Hi! Beautiful capture of the pink clouds. Your cherry blossom photos are very cool. I like the last one very much.
    Wishing you a wonderful day.

    May 22, 2013 at 07:24

  81. Such beautiful pink blossoms Fi. Top marks for photography too. Spring for you as we in the southern hemisphere head for winter… – Dave

    May 22, 2013 at 10:19

  82. Blond Duck

    I remember we had to paint those in elementary school on rice paper and it was one of my favorite assignments.

    May 22, 2013 at 12:45

  83. Vilken fantastisk blomsterprakt!

    May 22, 2013 at 14:04

  84. Shey

    Very well said. Lovely post and captures.

    May 22, 2013 at 17:58

  85. Transient, yes, and beautiful. Yes, that’s cherry blossom. I could never consider humans as beautiful. Beauty being in eye of the Beholder, of course. So what do I know.

    May 22, 2013 at 19:28

  86. Simply wonderful! Thanks.

    May 22, 2013 at 19:54

  87. I’ve never seen close-ups of these flowers! They are just exquisite. The color and shape of them is totally amazing!

    May 22, 2013 at 21:17

  88. Ash

    Absolutely stunning!

    May 23, 2013 at 01:56

  89. These are so soft & beautiful. And the words, too.
    Here in northern Minnesota we JUST have our very first blooms opening – a few of the yellow cowslips in the swamps.
    My six year old picked me a small bunch yesterday, and said, “Flowers mean LOVE. And Flowers mean Spring, too.”

    May 23, 2013 at 02:18

  90. thesmittenimage

    Spring finally arrived in beautiful shades of pink.

    May 23, 2013 at 04:35

  91. Wow! Those are amazing. I especially love the first shot. Excellent! Thanks for stopping by.

    May 23, 2013 at 08:32

  92. That is very pink! Great image.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    May 23, 2013 at 11:51

  93. And then…pink ‘snow’!

    May 23, 2013 at 12:01

  94. Right now! I can feel my heart is blooming.. when I watch your beautiful flowers! =) oh! you have got them in right time and place, that’s for sure!! =)

    May 23, 2013 at 15:52

  95. Stunning photographs..I bet they smell good too..the light is amazing in these photos:)

    May 24, 2013 at 02:23

  96. Awesome!

    May 24, 2013 at 10:36

  97. Wow, so lovely and delicate! I love those flowers!

    May 25, 2013 at 22:58

  98. wow…! beautiful pics. great shots…the true color of pink blossoms captured amazingly.

    May 26, 2013 at 05:10

  99. Beautiful blossom photos, nice colors, this is really spring!

    May 26, 2013 at 07:45

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