This week, Amy reminds us to tell Earth Stories. She writes “The natural world has many stories to tell. They are written on the ground, in the mountains and rivers, and on rocks and trees. Let’s share their stories through our lenses. ”
Earlier this week we had Spring Equinox. That day, when day and night have the same length, marks the begin of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere. In spring, Mother Earth demonstrates all of her creativity and power. Gazillions of plants start growing or blooming and the animals get their offspring.
In Japan, this time of the year is so important, that they broadcast a prognosis for the first day, when the first cherry blossoms start blooming. The cherry blossom is the symbol for beauty. This tradition called Hanami in Japan and you can read more about it on Wikipedia.
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You know, yesterday I posted several photos with tree and bush blossoms taken the day before. In the same post, I was complaining about the overcast sky during the day in opposite to the weather forecast. But, in the late afternoon, not only the sun came through, also the clouds vanished mostly and leaving the sky nearly perfectly blue. Thus, I picked my camera for a short trip in my home area and walked along the streets only a few hundred meters.
I used my macro lens for several blossoms, but also my long telephoto lens. Some of the blossoms are high up in the sky and it was kind of hard to get a sharp shot. As you can see, the sprays are very thin and carry lots of blossoms. So, they are quite heavy laden and thus begin to swing easily at the lightest wind. And there were many squalls.:-(
I don’t know all the names of the blossoms, bushes and trees. But, you can find in my gallery below: flowering cherry, magnolia, forsythia, silver birch sprays and beech tree sprays.
Enjoy the spring!
As I wrote before: the sun changes everything!
In this context, the sun brought spring. Trees and bushes are getting their leaves and blossoms. Time for Hanami. Many flowers are blooming as well as the trees. Only two weeks left until may-day.
The 1st of May has a very distinct meaning here for centuries. I’ll tell you more of this, soon.
We have had a fantastic week. Many sunny hours during the day, although the nights were still cold with temperatures slightly above the freezing point. Today, the sky is gray again and covered with thick clouds. Thus, I’m not outside as I have had planned. Instead, I’m sitting here at my computer and writing this post for you.
The weather forecast proposed a cloud-free sky. But they were wrong, at least here, where I live.