Saturday, 28 January 2012

Flower Photography: Cherry Blossom



cherry blossom is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese Cherry,Prunus serrulata, which is sometimes called sakura after the Japanese (桜 or 櫻; さくら). Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus

In Japan, cherry blossoms also 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 Buddhistic influence, and which is embodied in the concept of mono no aware. The association of the cherry blossom with mono no aware dates back to 18th-century scholar Motoori Norinaga. The transience of the blossoms, the extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality; for this reason, cherry blossoms are richly symbolic, and have been utilized often in Japanese artmangaanime, and film, as well as at musical performances for ambient effect. ~ SOURCE

38 comments:

  1. that's one very beautiful shot, Che, love love it.

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    1. thank you, Beth! love it too. :)

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  2. Visiting from "Texture Thursday"...gorgeous composition. I love the pussy willow on the right and the soft DOF...beautiful.

    Kathy

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  3. What a lovely capture, Cher! Love the color and what wonderful composition! Enjoy your day!

    Sylvia

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    1. thanks Sylvia! enjoy yours too. ;)

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  4. Cherry blossoms are beautiful, nice capture!

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  5. Lovely colors and bokeh in this shot.

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  6. Cherry blossoms are some of my favorites! I just wish they could last longer! Your picture is a beautiful close up of one!
    HPS!
    Jil ♥

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  7. That is a beautiful and well composed Cherry Blossom! happy CNY !!!!

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  8. These beautiful colours are well done for CNY decoration.

    And you are so good to be gifted with this. That's a valueless price.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  9. priceless indeed! have a great weekend too. :)

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  10. So pretty!

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  11. Lovely shot of a very pretty blossom.

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  12. It's a beauty, perfect for the Chinese New Year!

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  13. That's a beautiful capture.

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  14. Nice shot! would love to see real cherry blossoms someday ;)

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  15. Wonderful photo.

    Regards and best wishes

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  16. what a beautiful pink flower, love it :-) visiting from Pink Fridays, hope that you can return the visit too.

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  17. I love spring flowers especially cherry blossoms.

    Hopping from PF! :)

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  18. I love Cherry Blossoms! That shot of yours is gorgeous! :)


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  19. I always like the Cherry Blossom flowers , so lovely!

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  20. I'm back again:)

    Visiting for Favorite Photo Friday! Hope you can stop by:)

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  21. nice to see something like that in harsh winters. enjoyed your description.

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  22. lovely flower and a great shot! visiting from PF, hope to see you around. have a great week! :)

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  23. When I heard Sakura..Japan comes to mind..
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    My Pink Entry .Have a nice day!
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