The blossoms of life

A couple of weeks ago

I went to see the sakura, or Japanese cherry blossoms, in the centre of Stockholm.

Walking under the trees was like entering a fairytale cave —

And you couldn’t help feeling uplifted and joyous.

The cherry blossoms remind us of life itself:

Of its extreme beauty

And vibrant colour  —

And they also remind us that life is fleeting.

So we need to bloom as beautifully as we can

While we can.

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111 responses

  1. Oh my goodness! That is such a beautiful tree abundant with blossoms!

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:17

  2. what a wonderful world! fantastic pics 🙂

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:18

  3. Just divine… Absolutely magnificent!! Like you said, a fairytale. ♥

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:18

  4. Bob

    Brilliant colouring.

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:27

  5. Furry Bottoms

    Yes, those cherry blossoms are gorgeous. I had to giggle at the guy in the first picture… taking a pic of himself with a thumbs up. Great capture!

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:39

  6. truly a fairytale …amazing!

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    May 14, 2012 at 16:52

  7. Such immense beauty. Your last image reminds me of some words by, Anais Nin. “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Wonderful images.

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:10

    • Thank you.

      I did think of that quote when I put up the photo. So appropriate.

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      May 14, 2012 at 17:20

  8. oh wow…these are gorgeous…i love cherry blossoms and standing under them when they rain down….would love to see this in person..and i like the wisdom you gleened from them as well…

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:19

  9. We need to let our flame burn brightly too! What magnificent beauty in those blossoms. The photos are stunning!

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:22

  10. TexWisGirl

    wow, that is fabulous!

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:40

  11. sylviakirk

    Exquisite blossoms, gorgeous color and such wonderful words of wisdom! What a beautiful start for my day! Thank you!!

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:44

  12. Somehow I got linked to a WordPress site with the same name. I actually write on blogspot.com. Don’t know how that happened!

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:47

  13. Gotta love blossom. Here is some I found in the forum in Rome just the other week – http://shanewozere.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/blossom-in-the-forum/

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    May 14, 2012 at 17:51

  14. WOW…beauuuuuttiiffuul….:) It’s so full of life…:)

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    May 14, 2012 at 18:22

  15. I smell the perfume all the way in Minnesota. Xxxx WOW. Lovely.

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    May 14, 2012 at 18:40

  16. They are amazing! I’ve never seen them blooming in such profusion — and your words of wisdom are perfect.

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    May 14, 2012 at 18:45

  17. Maery Rose

    Yes, I love when the crab apple and apple trees are blooming in my area. So beautiful but the first strong wind and it’s over. Good analogy and reminder.

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    May 14, 2012 at 19:05

  18. Such beautiful blossoms! They are so vibrant and plentiful. Lovely capture!

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    May 14, 2012 at 19:07

  19. Beautiful. Awesome.

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    May 14, 2012 at 19:17

  20. How beautiful!!! I didn’t know Stockholm had Japanese cherry trees!!!

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    May 14, 2012 at 19:38

  21. OMG!! gorgeous, stunning pictures!! wooww!!!

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    May 14, 2012 at 19:52

  22. Ohhhh what is this beautiful, Lady Fi !!
    It’s so gorgeous… the blossoms and the colors…
    mmmmmmmm
    Greetings from Holland,
    Anna :-))

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    May 14, 2012 at 20:00

  23. Wow! Talk about a riot of pink!! Gorgeous! I love cherry blossoms … they have all gone away here so it is nice to see them bursting forth in your part of the world.

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    May 14, 2012 at 20:12

  24. I want to drawn into that sea of flowers 😉

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    May 14, 2012 at 20:21

  25. kpulsipher

    Oh, man. I bet it smells wonderful.

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    May 14, 2012 at 20:27

  26. Gorgeous shots!

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    May 14, 2012 at 20:58

  27. glimpseintomidlife

    So so pretty! I love cherry blossoms!!

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    May 14, 2012 at 21:02

  28. sandy

    Stunning, Fiona. What an experience that must have been!

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    May 14, 2012 at 22:12

  29. Fantastic captures of this magnificent display of Spring blossom.

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    May 14, 2012 at 22:47

  30. This confirms it! I MUST GET TO STOCKHOLM!!!!

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    May 14, 2012 at 22:57

  31. Beautiful post in both word and photos.

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    May 14, 2012 at 23:07

  32. Pat

    What fantastic photos!

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    May 14, 2012 at 23:11

  33. Beautiful shots, they do make me feel joyful too, thank you.

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    May 14, 2012 at 23:14

  34. Nice photos, I like those colors of life.

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    May 14, 2012 at 23:21

  35. imac

    Really in the pink today.

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    May 14, 2012 at 23:59

  36. WOW!

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    May 15, 2012 at 00:54

  37. antiquityandadventures

    stunning best I,ve seen in a long time 🙂

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    May 15, 2012 at 00:58

  38. onceupona

    Too right! Beautiful pics as always!

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    May 15, 2012 at 02:01

  39. jbcuvelier

    Fiona! You are making me CRAZY! These are beyond lovely….that last one is a knockout!

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    May 15, 2012 at 02:14

  40. Absolutely beautiful. I’m certain I could smell them..

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    May 15, 2012 at 04:25

  41. These are absolutely beautiful photos. I love all the color.

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    May 15, 2012 at 06:04

  42. Oh, my dear Sakura! I’m so pleased you show such a profusion of lovely flowers in Stockholm. Thank you, Ladyfi.

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    May 15, 2012 at 06:37

  43. God – said I. Thanks for sharing.

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    May 15, 2012 at 06:50

  44. Beautiful shots.
    Sydney – City and Suburbs

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    May 15, 2012 at 08:07

  45. Fantastic colours, the real magic. I am greeting

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    May 15, 2012 at 08:18

  46. Beautiful!!! Would like to have those in my garden

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    May 15, 2012 at 08:27

  47. So, so beautiful. Thankyou.

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    May 15, 2012 at 08:38

  48. Wow, such beauty!

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    May 15, 2012 at 08:55

  49. Its gorgeous… I agree with you on the feeling so joy! Lovely capture

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    May 15, 2012 at 09:12

  50. Reblogged this on norditico and commented:
    No hay mucho que comentar al ver estas fotos.

    Me recuerda cuando en Costa Rica al llegar la temporada de seca (c.c. “verano”) florean los árboles de roble sabana (Tabebuia rosea), el casco de venado (Bauhinia variegata), y los malinches o flamboyán (Delonix regia), inundando de color las orillas de las calles y los potreros.

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    May 15, 2012 at 09:24

  51. R.

    Stunning!!! Aaww sooo envy!!! I wish we had something like that in central Sydney~~ 😦

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    May 15, 2012 at 10:45

  52. So true.
    Life is short.
    Enjoy it while we can. 🙂

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    May 15, 2012 at 10:49

  53. so beautiful 🙂

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    May 15, 2012 at 11:03

  54. awesomely beautiful. thanks for sharing the beauty.

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    May 15, 2012 at 11:09

  55. Cherry blossom is one of the reasons I wanted to learn how to paint…!

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    May 15, 2012 at 11:43

  56. Wow! What great colour – a street of pink from you and street of gold from me! Nice.

    Stewart M

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    May 15, 2012 at 12:25

  57. Took my breath awqay! So stunningly beautiful!

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    May 15, 2012 at 12:48

  58. So much beauty! It’s surreal………

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    May 15, 2012 at 13:06

  59. Photography by Gisele Morgan

    Wow! they are absolutely gorgeous! A piece of heaven ♥ I really love all the shots but especially the one you closed with. Beautiful ♥

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    May 15, 2012 at 13:17

  60. indrani

    Love the focus in each shot.

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    May 15, 2012 at 13:33

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

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    May 15, 2012 at 13:36

  62. JM

    STUNNING!!! At first I thought you were in Japan. 🙂

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    May 15, 2012 at 13:49

  63. Hi There, Wow—your flowering trees are gorgeous… Seems as if ours just came and went this year… Spring is a favorite season –but it passes by so quickly. Ah Heck—all of the seasons pass by quickly now!!!!! ha

    Beautiful pictures.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    May 15, 2012 at 14:37

  64. Perfect shots. I’m really glad that there are Japanese cherry blossoms in Stockholm. 🙂

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    May 15, 2012 at 14:40

  65. lol, you´ve got a pink world, don´t you? Love your shots.

    Have you seen the meme I´m starting today? Flowers AND Macro shots. Check it out. Would be fun if you would like to try.

    NF Memes http://nfmemes.blogspot.com/

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    May 15, 2012 at 14:52

  66. Oh, your photos overwhelmed me!! It seems beautiful pink clouds last forever. They are condensed beauty and happiness!!
    They are giving me energy! Thanks a lot!
    keiko

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    May 15, 2012 at 16:04

  67. To get lost in a sea of pink, I’m so envious. Beautiful ❤

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    May 15, 2012 at 16:27

  68. The blossoms are absolutely gorgeous.

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    May 15, 2012 at 16:30

  69. I have never been to a cherry blossom festival where there would be trees with blossoms like these. They are truly magical and absolutely beautiful. I can just imagine the atoms. Such gorgeous captures. genie

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    May 15, 2012 at 18:30

  70. Really a special time of year when these are blossoming.

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    May 15, 2012 at 18:32

  71. Jeevan

    Fabulous indeed! So pretty and colorful cherry blossomes.

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    May 15, 2012 at 18:33

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  73. Stunningly beautiful. The cherry blossoms in Washington DC arrived much earlier due to an unusually warm winter and did not have the same concentrated beauty as those in your picture. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    May 15, 2012 at 20:33

  74. Vibrant and fleeting – a good metaphor for Life. Such delicious pink photos!

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    May 15, 2012 at 20:47

  75. I love that the sakura are still blooming somewhere in the world. We had a pretty season in Japan this year too, but oh my goodness — your pictures are so lovely!

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    May 15, 2012 at 23:32

  76. Al

    Wonderful shots – it looks like a fairytale wonderland!

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    May 16, 2012 at 00:53

  77. What a beautiful explosion of pink and white hues!

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    May 16, 2012 at 03:19

  78. debcolarossi

    I’ve run out of ways to gush.

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    May 16, 2012 at 03:36

  79. Goodness. How beautiful!

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    May 16, 2012 at 03:52

  80. Blond Duck

    I have cacti blossoms! 🙂

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    May 16, 2012 at 03:54

  81. Whoa! Gorgeous shots!! I know what you mean about feeling like you’re in a fairyland. I felt that way in Portland, OR last year among the dogwoods and rhododendrons. Nature has some spectacular displays!

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    May 16, 2012 at 04:02

  82. Your photos are magical but what I truly love about your posts are the words… they paint a picture of their own 🙂 You are a wonderful artist, Lady Fi 🙂

    My Yatra Diary…

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    May 16, 2012 at 05:47

  83. Zuzana

    You capture the bloom of the cherry beautifully, in words and pictures. Indeed, there is nothing that speaks of spring more poetically than the pink blossom. I was asked to marry my husband underneath a blooming cherry, so this post speaks volumes to me.;)
    Stunning shots.;)
    xoxo

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    May 16, 2012 at 07:43

  84. oh my word, so much beauty!
    thanks for brightening my day.

    gorgeous shots, i really like the third one.

    xx

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    May 16, 2012 at 09:12

  85. Wow, gorgeous.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mette

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    May 16, 2012 at 11:02

  86. Amazing Cherry blossoms! That is a riot of colors:)

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    May 16, 2012 at 12:56

  87. Absolutely awesome.So beautiful. Have a great week. Greetings from Romania

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    May 16, 2012 at 15:09

  88. Marvelous shots. Pretty pink.

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    May 16, 2012 at 15:29

  89. Fantastic series! Beautiful colors!
    🙂

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    May 16, 2012 at 15:51

  90. Oh, I would LOVE to see cherry blossom in such abundance. Only a couple of weeks ago I was looking at some images from Meguro in Tokyo and the abundance took my breath away. I particularly like your last shot. Tried something similar in our garden after the Tokyo-envy set in, but we had so little it just didn’t work! Maybe next year I’ll get to Stockholm instead!

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    May 16, 2012 at 17:17

  91. Maggie May

    Truly beautiful. I just love those photos.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    May 16, 2012 at 17:42

  92. MAGNIFIQUE, une superbe gestion du focus , j’adore

    Publicity ;o) Every Friday (and the Weekend), The Challenge “Walk In The Street Photography”

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    May 16, 2012 at 20:09

  93. SandySays1

    What great photos! The colors are spectacular. You always entertain. I have some pics and videos to return the favor for a change (nothing to compare to your quality, but….). Check out the manatees on my last post! They are something.
    Sandy
    http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com

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    May 16, 2012 at 20:13

  94. So, so beautiful.

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    May 16, 2012 at 20:24

  95. Nancy

    Amazing the number and color of the blossoms. Fabulous!

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    May 16, 2012 at 20:37

  96. I like the way emails are piling up my inbox… Awesome photographs, no doubt.
    You must be enjoying it too.

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    May 16, 2012 at 21:07

  97. Thank you so much for sharing with us this spring beauty! Nothing compares to cherry blossoms… Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a nice comment!

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    May 16, 2012 at 21:56

  98. Hello, Lady Fi.

     Your sweet message and works charms my heart.

     I thank for your usual and hearty support.
     The prayer for all peace.

    Have a good day. From Japan, ruma ❃

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    May 17, 2012 at 09:56

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. Have a magical week in Japan!

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      May 17, 2012 at 10:32

  99. Fi, those trees look magnificent. They do cheer you up huh. Especially for us down-under as our autumn is now turning to winter. Brrrrr- Dave

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    May 17, 2012 at 10:56

  100. DELICIOUS to look at those pictures !! CONGRAT’ ! ♥

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    May 18, 2012 at 09:48

  101. Amazing photos!!! Wow!!!This is the beauty for me!!!

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    May 18, 2012 at 10:06

  102. out of this world 🙂 phew.. awesome. truly a treat to the eyes!!
    ..the trees have leaves??

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    May 18, 2012 at 10:09

  103. If they small half as good as they look it would be like walking through Paradise, superb images.

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    May 18, 2012 at 17:38

  104. Stunning, amazing, simply awesome. 🙂

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    May 19, 2012 at 00:46

  105. So beautiful!!

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    May 19, 2012 at 02:25

  106. Wow this takes me to another world! I love Spring because I can watch every little development in nature. It’s fascinating how bare branches produce buds, which turn into tiny leaves and, before you know it, the tree has grown large green vibrant leaves all over!

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    May 19, 2012 at 19:00

  107. This post is bursting with beauty! You truly are a talented photographer!

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    May 19, 2012 at 20:08

  108. What a delight! How wonderful for you to be there at the right time so you could photograph it for us..honestly Lady Fi those photos took my breath away!! 🙂

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    May 19, 2012 at 23:30

  109. Beautiful!

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    May 21, 2012 at 16:10

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