Your images are breathtaking Rommel. When we lived in Washington DC, my favorite time of the year was to go down to the mall when the trees were in bloom. I was just telling Terry the other day that I wish we were going to see them this year but would not be in DC early enough, then I opened your post…delightful! :)
Japan particularly gave the 3000 cherry blossom trees to Washington D.C. Cherry blossoms grow mostly on elevated areas or nearby waters. Hopefully, I get to see some in SD or LA this March or April.
I knew they were gifted by the Japanese. Hope you get to see them in CA as well Rommel.
I have cherry trees at Casa Debbio. I will appreciate the blossoms much more when they appear.
You definitely appreciate something more through awareness and discovery.
Lovely images. A nice breath of springtime on a day it is truly needed. Thanks! :-)
It’s nice to have a glimpse of springtime that early here in Okinawa.
This is awesome! <3
Thanks for the compliment and visit.
Beautiful post, stunning images. Except for once, during a year abroad, I always just miss the blossom season.
It takes effort, or chance and luck, to witness their bloom. I hope to see it in the US this year as well.
I was going to mention the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. but you and others beat me to it!! We all flock to DC when the Cherry Bloosoms bloom, as well. It is such an amazing sight. Your photos captured their beauty perfectly:)
Ow, DC holds festival for cherry blossom as well just like here in Okinawa. The bloom must be very full over there when it does.
These are so beautiful and they must be an amazing sight. I can only imagine seeing trees and trees filled with them.
It’s been raining here in Okinawa affecting the cherry blossoms. Their bloom was not as full as you usually see in pictures. Still, they are indeed an amazing sight.
What a gorgeous series Rommel! Returning to Japan in time to witness the Sakura in bloom is high on my bucket list.
Hello there, Madhu. :D I’ll be keeping a keen eye on the sakura when I get back to US. I’ll definitely be updated wwith any news of its bloom.
Your cherry blossom images are really stunning, Rommel, and it was so fascinating to read all about their symbolism and importance in Japanese culture. I really learned something today. Thank you for another wonderful post. :)
Yeah, I didn’t really know about it up until we got there. I didn’t even know how exactly it looks like that I had to ask a local. :D
So wonderful to read the stories and history associate with this elegant flowers. You take awesome photos of people, sunset, sunrising, sky, seas… but I love how you take photo of flowers the Best! Thank you so much for your effort, Rommel!
I’m glad the effort paid off. :D I’m always weary of my flower photos.
Absolutely gorgeous!! This takes me back to the cherry blossom festivals I attended when I was a kid living in Okinawa. To see an entire hillside covered in delicate pink petals – there are few things in life that beautiful! Thank you for this post. :)
The festival parade is so so cool. The fact that it encompasses so much about Okinawa culture makes it high on my list of the best in Okinawa.
Great collection of pictures Rommel. Beautiful post.
Hello there, Arindam. Thanks for the compliment and visit.
early! that’s okinawa!
Gorgeous, lovely, pretty, great captures, new style too. I wish i can be in DC or Japan to witness the bloom. I guess I just have to thank yo for your beautiful blossoms.
Just keep it in mind next time if ever you’re in any of those cities. I had that idea on the style for quite a while. Glad the result came out decent. I used the old Microsoft Paint. :D
Wonderfully beautiful post, Rommel. We used to live in Washington D.C., and the cherry blossoms there were incredible. Now I’m wondering if there are cherry trees in Japantown here in San Francisco….I’ll have to find out.
Do let me know about your research. I’m interested to find out too.
Thank you everyone for the feedback. I didn’t really know the actual images will get good compliments. Thanks. By the way, I get nominated for this Best Photo Blogs thingamajig. I hope you vote for me. Link is http://munchow.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/best-photo-blogs-round-5/
I don’t know Rommel, I feel sad by looking those pictures..
:D Nice honesty, Jonaz. :D
It was raining that day. And their short existence really is sad.
Oh, the cherry blossoms are so pink in Okinawa! Are they like that all over Japan? In Korea, the cherry blossoms are so pale, they look almost silvery…
I have to come clean that I manipulate the images with its saturation, but never of hues or tint and textures. I had to. The flowers were not in full bloom, plus it was raining on and off that day. Cherry blossoms, as you may know, are white and pink. That’s still detectable in my images. I don’t know about being it almost silvery, but a lot of the pictures I took but didn’t share do look pale.
Heh heh…sorry to “out” you. ;) I think we all edit our images a little bit, don’t we? You gotta, especially if you’re not a professional photographer and know all the tricks of light and shadow.
Beautiful photos Rommel, you are such a romantic :-)
A hopeless one at that. ;)
Rommel, I must say that this is your most beautiful post! It does seem early for Sakura to be in bloom! Did you ever say how come you’re in Okinawa and how long you’ll be there? How do you get text in your photos?
Well hello there, my good ol’ friend, Liz. Yes, and everything is lined up the way I said it was going to be. Started in August, and finishing some time this month. I used the good old Microsoft Paint for the fonts. :)
Cherry blossoms may be ephemeral, but they are indeed beautiful. Thanks for sharing these exquisite photos.
Beauty in appearance, beauty in its essence. Thanks for the compliment.
You know I’m always very impressed with your photography, but those photos are just incredible, Rommel. They are truly special. I love the cherry blossoms and the story you tell about them, but honestly, your photography just blows me away! These are your most beautiful yet, I believe!
I immediately put this on my Special Report list ’cause I know it’s something else. But to be honest (not humble), I didn’t expect the praises on the images.
You got some really great photos. We’ve a while to go yet, but I’m really looking forward to it. I didn’t know the blossoms are that early in Okinawa, a great excuse for an early spring vacation to Okinawa!!
Just keep checking online if you want to chase it. Thanks for compliment.
Absolutely Stunning photos, Rommel! And I appreciate the narration you added to each photo. Our fav parade was in Nago. Did I read that you will be leaving this month? So much to, so little time.
I got a decent amount of time here. Enough to see the places I really wanted. The only thing os that I didn’t have much time (nor ways to get around) for the mundane things or regular places. Nago’s Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is so cool because it encompasses a lot of Okinawa culture.
These pictures are beautiful. I saw the cherry blossoms in Wasington, D.C. It made the city look like a fairy tale.
Really, now I’m curious to see it. Washington DC has been one of my most chased state.
It isn’t any wonder, is it, Rommel? Their fragility and short lifespan is so compelling! Even here in Hartlepool I go skipping down the street when it’s blossom time of year :)
May the world be filled with cherry blossoms. :D
Beautiful and delicate with a most seductive scent. Lovely flowery postcards from Japan :)
I’ll be doing a little more postcards later on. :D ;)
Sakura- that’s a beautiful name.
Lovely shots! One of my dreams is to see the cherry blossoms of Japan!
your presentation highlighting the delicate beauty of the Sakura simply breathtaking, Rommel. you’re so creative. thanks for the mini flower lesson.
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