Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cherry blossoms






"What a strange thing!
to be alive
beneath cherry blossoms."

~ Kobayashi Issa

For the past few days, I have seen them grow and mature from tight pink buds to shy white blossoms. Entangled in the mossy labyrinth of twigs and boughs, they emerged suddenly one day like blessings from heaven. I walked closer to the trees and touched the tiny throb of life in the petals. The late afternoon sky, a perfect blue against their quivering pearly bodies. Some strewn on the black twigs like giant pearls, while the others in plump, star-like clusters clung to the wet green boughs.
As the day stretched towards its end, the daylight outside the pearly grove faded into a waxy twilight and there - they changed, and just like that. It was a surreal moment in an altogether different world. A perfect, pastel hued world. Enraptured by their overwhelming presence, it sure felt strange to be alive beneath cherry blossoms.

16 comments:

  1. To look up through the blossoms at the blue sky is something that can't be adequately described - it must be experienced. Your photos are great - I could almost imagine myself looking up.

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    1. Absolutely agree, it is an experience like no other. I'm glad you like the photos; your lovely words certainly keep me going.

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  2. Cherry blossoms: birth of nature that gives birth to afresh zeal in human. Reminded me of the past days where i experienced the birth of nature at proximity. Nice :)

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    1. Thanks for visiting again, Zahir!

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  4. How beautiful ! I love cherry blossoms. They seem so delicate. We don’t have this kind of tree in South of France. Sakura green tea is also delicious.

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    1. We don't have it back home in India either, which is why this desperate hoarding of photos. I've once had the cherry blossom tea and absolutely loved it.

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  5. I know, I now. Isn't this blossom time of year just wonderful? I stand and stare too and touch the delicate petals, only to have them come off in my clumsy hand.

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    1. Oh, not you too?! I thought I am the only one here who's clumsy and messy. And yes, 'wonder-full' it is!

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    1. Ah, after a long time I find you in blogland. Feels good!

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  7. Oh goodness! Just perfect. I only have wild cherry here as I fear that the more generously flowered ones would look out of place on a Welsh hill, but those are so beautiful. You can see how the Japanese get so fanatical about them!

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    1. I think they'd look breathtaking against the grassy slopes, but with that treasure of a garden that you own, I wouldn't mind not having them around!

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