Blossoms and Branches

I had very little opportunity to take photographs during my recent trip to D.C., but did not miss the chance to get some shots of the beautiful cherry blossoms. I find that the branches of the cherry trees are just as captivating as the blossoms (hence my experiments in the last few images with  post processing to create a more abstract image  that desaturates the blossoms and accentuates the branches.)

41 responses

  1. Ahhhh….I knew you’d get some good cherry blossom tree photos during your visit here…..lovely – really lovely!

    Pam (and Sam)

    March 26, 2012 at 10:36 am

  2. Wow! Fantastic!!

    March 26, 2012 at 10:51 am

  3. These are magical, Melanie.

    March 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

  4. How beautiful. Great!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

  5. I like the 4th one best (gray). It has the best of everything. It reminds me of snow…

    March 26, 2012 at 12:46 pm

  6. sandy

    Oh, I wish I was there! Just beautiful!

    March 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    • Thank you, Sandy! I felt so lucky to have the chance to be there. I could have taken hundreds of photographs.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:23 am

  7. Incredible.

    March 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

  8. myfullresearch

    Welcome back, Lemony !!!
    Believe me, they seem the trees around my house.
    Now I cannot publish them… after yours !
    Are we lost brothers ?


    March 26, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    • Thank you, mfr! Certainly your photographs would be beautiful! Perhaps we are siblings separated at birth. 😉 It seems we do share very similar interests. Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words today and always.

      March 27, 2012 at 1:25 am

  9. George Weaver

    The limbs among the blossoms are so graceful. It’s hard to believe these trees full of blossoms are real.

    Was it Issa or Basho who wrote the haiku that I think is the best I ever read:

    Underneath the cherry blossoms
    There are none

    March 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    • George, Issa is one of my favorite poets, and cherry blossoms was an image he used often. As a longtime student of Japanese, I take great pleasure in working my way through haiku by great masters. I love this poem you have quoted. Certainly, it felt like those of us beneath the cherry trees (during my visit to DC) enjoyed a collective experience and that all barriers between us fell away, as we were filled with a common joy and looked into each other’s faces with smiling eyes after gazing up at the blossoms.

      I, in fact, thought of Issa while standing beneath the cherry trees during my visit to DC. I couldn’t help but recall some of his more humorous cherry blossom haiku (it’s usually the ones that involve animals that make me laugh—especially the one with the horse).

      Here are a few other favorites. I’ll spare you my own translations, but will offer those of David G. Lanoue:


      A corrupt world
      In its latter days
      but cherry blossoms!


      an idler—
      under the cherry blossoms
      I live


      mountain cherry blossoms—
      hair decoration
      for a bald man

      March 27, 2012 at 1:37 am

  10. I prefer the ones without the colour… but then I never was a pink person 😉

    March 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    • Yes, I’m actually drawn to the ones without color, too, although some may think that sacrilegious when it comes to cherry blossoms. But it’s their fabulous cloud-like puffs in contrast to their wonderful dark twisty branches that make for such captivating images (to me, that is).

      March 27, 2012 at 1:31 am

  11. Love all of them Melanie.
    The first one is truly amazing.
    I guess this trees against a blue sky have to look awesome; but we can never control the weather 🙂
    Nice angles Melanie!

    March 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    • Thanks, Pablo! Loved catching up with all of your fabulous photos! You’re doing amazing work these days!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

  12. Wondeful shots filled with joy. I specially like the last two more graphic ones.

    March 26, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    • Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I’m really grateful!

      March 27, 2012 at 1:32 am

  13. 3th and 4th are my favourite

    March 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

  14. You have some lovely images there, especially the first one!

    March 26, 2012 at 6:58 pm

  15. elmediat

    Excellent ! Cherry blossoms in March. The first B&W image has an ethereal quality, just lovely.

    March 27, 2012 at 2:26 am

  16. All great images, but I agree, I like the desaturated ones the most….shows the shape and form better

    March 27, 2012 at 7:39 am

  17. these are overwhelming – i particulary like the last two photo’s – they’re a bit off the classic track – meaning: i see a more personal touch in them – and it’s a beautiful, poetic one

    March 27, 2012 at 8:39 am

  18. Long live abstraction, where subtraction can amount to addition.

    Steve Schwartzman

    March 28, 2012 at 12:28 pm

  19. Nice treatment! Beautiful photos! Glad you had a great time in DC!

    March 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm

  20. such a lovely time of year – thanks for sharing.
    reminds me that i have some blossoms i wanted to post this spring as well 🙂

    March 28, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  21. fascinating view of the blossoms and branches.

    April 3, 2012 at 7:26 am

    • It was such a treat for me to spend some time among these beautiful trees. Thank you, Shimon, for your visit and your comment!

      April 4, 2012 at 12:52 am

  22. Fantastic!, hugs

    Fantásticas!, abrazos

    April 29, 2012 at 12:56 am

    • Thank you very much for this wonderful compliment! I’m so happy to have your feedback.

      April 29, 2012 at 2:08 am

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