Cherry on top

Every year, the sakura – or Japanese cherry blossoms –

Spread pretty pops of pink elation in downtown Stockholm.

Blossoms and buds

They hang like

Petalled bunches from the trees;


Are gorgeous

Clouds of blossoms in the sky;

Clouds of petals

Float in the air

Like pink tutus;

Pink tutus copy

And remind us

That life, like the cherry blossom,

Is fragile, fleeting and beautiful.

With bokeh

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101 responses

  1. Looks like the cherry blossoms in Washington DC that happen each April I believe. Lots of people go to see them each year. Yours are marvelous! I love them!! xox

    May 12, 2014 at 15:28

  2. It’s pink, a lovely colour in your trees. Beauty.

    May 12, 2014 at 15:39

  3. Vilken färg!!

    May 12, 2014 at 15:46

  4. so gorgeous!

    May 12, 2014 at 15:54

  5. ….. and, if I may add, loves the sunshine.

    Great shots Lady Fi. Pink on blue always seems such a truly earthly delight. Yay😀

    May 12, 2014 at 16:05

  6. Stunning photos. Gorgeous ! I love them all.
    Best regards, Synnöve

    May 12, 2014 at 16:11

  7. So, so beautiful. Loved your descriptions :]

    May 12, 2014 at 16:20

  8. I can’t think of a better title, Fiona. What a glorious explosion of beauty. Spring has come to Sweden at last!

    May 12, 2014 at 16:21

  9. Oh my, how gorgeous! Superb photos!

    May 12, 2014 at 16:33

  10. nice…love the rainshowers of petals when the wind blows through these trees….
    and hey, i am pink on top today too…smiles.

    May 12, 2014 at 16:36

  11. Wonderful pictures of beautiful flowers! Great photos!

    May 12, 2014 at 16:40

  12. Wow, bouquet after bouquet of those lovely blossoms. Gorgeous ~

    May 12, 2014 at 16:55

  13. These photos are magnificent — absolutely gorgeous.

    May 12, 2014 at 17:16

  14. Soooo beautiful! And so pink. “Pink tutus” is a perfect description.

    May 12, 2014 at 17:24

  15. Joy

    Amazing flowering tree! I have cherry tree with white flowers. Not blooming yet:)

    May 12, 2014 at 17:27

  16. Great photos of such beauty Fiona! It made my Spring day:)

    May 12, 2014 at 17:37

  17. Oh, so gorgeous indeed!! Exquisite blossoms and colors and superb captures as always!! Great way to start my day!! Thank you!!!

    May 12, 2014 at 17:40

  18. Wow—beautiful. Cherry trees are some of the prettiest of all. I was in Washington DC one year when the Cherries were in bloom… WOW….Tremendous… Great photos!!!

    May 12, 2014 at 17:49

  19. Dear Lady Fi, out in the country where I grew up, we had pear, apple, and cherry trees and the blossoms of each tree perfumed the air each spring. But our cheery blossoms where not like those you’ve pictures. I’ve never seen such blossoms before. They truly are pink clouds of perfection. Thank you for sharing these photographs and your words. I’m wondering if “sakura” is a type of cherry tree. Peace.

    May 12, 2014 at 18:02

    • Sakura is the Japanese Cherry tree, Prunus serrulata, and is the Japanese name for these blossoms.

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      May 13, 2014 at 05:56

  20. Beautiful. This is my favorite tree.

    May 12, 2014 at 18:15

  21. Hudson Howl

    Bind blowing spectacular. An extravaganza of pink and it’s tones. Reminds of a song, which when listen to it, I suspect this would be the backdrop the dancers. May is a happen’n month is it not.

    May 12, 2014 at 18:36

  22. Beautiful!!!

    May 12, 2014 at 19:02

  23. Exquisite photos! Like pink tutus indeed, great analogy!

    May 12, 2014 at 19:24

  24. Ela

    Wow ! Really gorgeous !!!

    May 12, 2014 at 19:33

  25. The blossoms are so beautiful, and like you say they are so fleeting in their appearance. The wind blew ours away like confetti at the weekend so a fast visit this year. Have a wonderful week xx

    May 12, 2014 at 19:54

  26. Oh my, they are gorgeous!!! I wish these grew here. I’ve seen them in Oregon and they are heavenly.

    May 12, 2014 at 20:20

  27. The cherry blossoms are gorgeous.

    May 12, 2014 at 20:38

  28. Beautiful cherry blossoms.

    May 12, 2014 at 20:38

  29. Absolutely my favourite flowering tree, too. Lovely!

    May 12, 2014 at 20:47

  30. How gorgeous! They only bloom for such a short time, but they leave memories of their glory and excitement over their next appearance when they go! Wonderful photos!

    May 12, 2014 at 20:47

  31. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers

    Your cherry blossom close-ups are gorgeous, Fiona. Beautiful.

    May 12, 2014 at 21:39

  32. Pretty blossoms, wonderful shots.

    May 12, 2014 at 21:47

  33. daryledelstein

    exquisite … i can smell them from here

    May 12, 2014 at 21:52

  34. Pat

    Beautifully photographed blossoms!

    May 12, 2014 at 23:03

  35. These images make me feel happy!! So beautifully done:)

    May 12, 2014 at 23:35

  36. I love love love these trees! Beautiful photos. Spring is over in my part of the world. All the branches are green now.

    May 12, 2014 at 23:42

  37. The cherry blossoms are beautiful, lovely trees and blossoms! Have a happy week!

    May 13, 2014 at 00:35

  38. These are gorgeous!
    Our cherry blossoms began blooming over the weekend.

    May 13, 2014 at 01:07

  39. Yes, life is short like many blossoms…yet it brings much joy!…:)JP

    May 13, 2014 at 02:36

  40. onceupona

    Lovely! I took bunches of pictures of mine, It’s fortunate that ours bloomed earlier than yours because they would have suffered if they hadn’t! Cheers, Danette

    May 13, 2014 at 02:58

  41. They are always so lovely! I wish they lasted for many months.

    May 13, 2014 at 03:47

  42. I love cherry blossoms. When I lived in Brooklyn, NY the Botanic Garden there had many trees that were a gift from Japan.
    The cherry blossoms have snow on them here today in Colorado, Lady Fi! We had quite a bit of late snow. Fortunately is began melting quite a bit by the afternoon and should all be gone in a few days,

    May 13, 2014 at 05:59

  43. Oh my, so very beautiful!:)

    May 13, 2014 at 07:18

  44. Marvelous visual poetry!!

    May 13, 2014 at 07:21

  45. Superb blossoms.

    May 13, 2014 at 07:56

  46. Beautiful!

    May 13, 2014 at 08:32

  47. So very beautiful! You made my day.

    May 13, 2014 at 08:56

  48. magnifique cette dernière photo

    May 13, 2014 at 09:34

  49. Such a lovely “pink”!

    May 13, 2014 at 09:50

  50. These blossoms are so heavenly! I have a Japanese cherry- tree and a crabapple-tree. They both flower at the same time. This year they lost their blossoms very fast, which is such a pity. Therefore thank you for sharing yours!
    Wil, ABCW Team

    May 13, 2014 at 09:57

  51. Blue sky and cherry blossom. Heavenly!

    May 13, 2014 at 10:59

  52. How beautiful ! Our cherry trees have faded since a long time !

    May 13, 2014 at 12:04

  53. soo lovely.:)

    May 13, 2014 at 12:25

  54. Stunning!

    May 13, 2014 at 12:58

  55. Breathtakingly beautiful! I went to Washington D.C. when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom. It was a sight to see.

    May 13, 2014 at 13:24

  56. Flirts in petal skirts that I fall for every time!

    May 13, 2014 at 14:33

  57. Gorgeous sun-filled blossoms!

    May 13, 2014 at 15:00

  58. Underbar färg!

    May 13, 2014 at 15:12

  59. Kathy

    Cherry Blossom pink always reminds me of cotton candy.

    May 13, 2014 at 16:55

  60. oh my goodness these images of the Cherry blossoms are glorious! I have never seen a Cherry Blossom tree. I wish I had one in my yard.
    Beautiful. Have a lovely week and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    May 13, 2014 at 16:59

  61. Absolutely charming and beautiful blossoms of cherry!

    May 13, 2014 at 17:21

  62. Oh, ahhh… such lovely and delicate cherry blossoms. Just gorgeous!

    May 13, 2014 at 17:34

  63. Magnificent photography ~ colorful and creative for OWT ~ xoxo

    May 13, 2014 at 18:51

  64. Absolutely beautiful! I can almost smell them.
    Still not a leaf on a tree here, but soon the buds will be bursting to life. I look forward to color!

    May 13, 2014 at 19:13

  65. bjorgnin

    So true… have lovely days ;:OD)

    May 13, 2014 at 20:54

  66. Wow, superb photos Fi. I love this splash of colour and the tongue-twister in your introduction!

    May 13, 2014 at 21:58

  67. Beautiful!! Boom & Gary.

    May 14, 2014 at 00:07

  68. Absolutely stunning! Love the pink


    May 14, 2014 at 00:34

  69. I am positive that these flowers are overflowing in heaven.
    To me, they are like Pink Cotton Candy! xx

    May 14, 2014 at 00:41

  70. Al

    Those are exquisite blossoms – lovely photos.

    May 14, 2014 at 01:26

  71. What a beautiful part of our world indeed! I can just imagine how sweet they smell! Glorious Spring! Enjoy your week!

    May 14, 2014 at 01:57

  72. I enjoy when my apple and pear trees are in bloom. I can just imagine how lovely the cherry blossoms are in person…lovely photos!

    May 14, 2014 at 02:23

  73. Love the gorgeous closeups of the cherry blossoms Lady Fi.:)

    May 14, 2014 at 02:56

  74. Such pretty pink blossoms! Fantastic shots!

    May 14, 2014 at 04:02

  75. If only they would grow here!

    May 14, 2014 at 05:17

  76. These photos are breathtaking!

    May 14, 2014 at 05:32

  77. Lovely. Like Betsy commented–these remind me of my spring days in Washington DC.

    May 14, 2014 at 06:01

  78. Oh my! These are luscious!!!

    May 14, 2014 at 06:22

  79. Ours is gone now, just a brief moment in time but oh how I love them when they’re there!

    May 14, 2014 at 08:46

  80. miyahde

    Wow!!! What a GORGEOUS pictures of cherry blossom from you♡♡♡ And I LOVED to read that you kindly introduced Japanese name “sa.ku.ra”, I intentionally put the dots. p;) I mean in relation with my link. Thank you very much for hosting and So sorry for my a bit late comment.

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

    May 14, 2014 at 10:33

  81. Great flowers, beautiful colors, joy for the eyes:) Regards

    May 14, 2014 at 11:32

  82. hier ist diese Pracht leider schon vorbei
    mit einem LG vom katerchen

    May 14, 2014 at 15:31

  83. More than gorgeous… And so important saying included: “life… like a cherry blossom… Is fragile, fleeting and beautiful… True wisdom portrayed in words, also!!So thankful for such precious pictures to be seen up close. All the best, Alexa T!

    May 14, 2014 at 18:53

  84. Oh good grief the beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You never cease to amaze me♥

    May 14, 2014 at 18:57

  85. Wonderful blossom photos and colors, stunning series

    May 14, 2014 at 20:29

  86. Wow this is some serious spring in these beautiful photos:)

    May 14, 2014 at 21:52

  87. Thanks for commenting on my blog.:) Boy, oh boy! what big and bright and soft looking cherry blossums!! So lovely to look at.

    May 14, 2014 at 22:07

  88. Oh so beautiful. I have always wanted to go to Washington DC when they bloom. I think yours are probably lovelier. Thanks for sharing.

    May 15, 2014 at 03:04

  89. Fiona, those are simply stunning…and they do remind me of tutus…all hanging up there.


    May 15, 2014 at 04:28

  90. indrani

    Such sweet soft pink. Lovely pics.

    May 15, 2014 at 08:03

  91. Simply stunning! It must have been a blast to photograph!:)

    May 16, 2014 at 02:04

  92. Breathtaking, beyond words!

    May 16, 2014 at 18:02

  93. Now that’s a beautiful pink!

    May 16, 2014 at 19:51

  94. Very pretty!

    May 16, 2014 at 21:41

  95. We have a cherry tree in the front garden, so fleeting but wonderful.

    May 16, 2014 at 21:55

  96. I’m so glad to know you have such beautiful sakura in your country. “Pretty pops of pink elation” is nice and poetic.

    May 17, 2014 at 17:28

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  98. Fabulous pictures!

    May 19, 2014 at 05:17

  99. Beautiful pictures! I love your blog!:)

    May 20, 2014 at 06:42

  100. Oh, I’ll be too late again for these! But at least it looks like I’ll get to come “home” to Stockholm for a short visit again soon, and that makes the [cherry] blossoms in my cheeks light up all the same.😉 Thanks for sharing their great and delicate beauty!!

    May 22, 2014 at 21:16

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