Sunday, March 17, 2024

Colors turning Winter to Spring

Okame-zakura, prunus x incam 'Okame'

 It is not 桜 Sakura (Cherry blossom) season yet, but early-blooming Sakura blossoms 
have brightened up the wintry landscape with their shades of Pink.


The three images above is Okame-zakura, prunus x incam 'Okame'.
They bloom in the cold of the beginning of March almost at the same time with 
Ume (Japanese apricot) below.

Ume, Japanese apricot

Sunlight glints on the Sepia-colored weathered plants and icy Blue pond.

A Pigeon looked out among Light brown fallen leaves to pick up food.

Deep-rose of 寒緋桜 Kan-Hizakura, Taiwan cherry, Prunus campanulata, 
is especially eye-catching.
It is another variety of early-blooming Sakura.
Bell-shaped flowers bloom facing downward. 
Although most of Sakura loses its petals fluttering one by one, 
the petals of Prunus campanulata fall in clusters. 

The buds of 雪柳, Spiraea thunbergiithat unfold in early March are Mint.
About one month of the journey to white flowers blooming all over the branches starts here.

March 5th

Light Green is also seen at a brook flowing with a soft murmur 
and reflecting the greening along it.

Bright Yellow of Mimosa against a backdrop of bare trees;
the juxtaposition of spring and winter.

Taking turns winter and spring, season has progressed.
 Sakura season for 2024 is expected to peak from late March to early April 
in my part of Japan, Kansai region.
Sakura season lasts only "less than two weeks" when Somei-yoshino, 
the most widely planted variety, come and go all at once.
In wider meaning, Sakura season is about "one and a half months" long in each region,
as different varieties of Sakura start blooming one after another since the end of February.
(All the photos but one was taken at Nagai Park and its vicinity on March 10th.)


  1. Gorgeous pictures Yoko !
    Nature in Japan is beautiful and so unique...a delight !
    Thanks for sharing your photos.
    Have a lovely week !

  2. Hello,
    The cherry blossoms are beautiful, I also love the yellow Mimosa. Beautiful trees and a lovely brook scene. The White-eye is a cute bird and the pigeon looks pretty too. Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week ahead. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

  3. ...thank you for sharing these flowers, they brighten my rainy morning. The yellow Mimosa is new for me, we have a pink variety. Take care and have a wonderful week.

  4. Ahora si llega Yoko. Y como siempre derramando color y belleza. Me encanta esta entrada. Las flores de cerezo se ven preciosas, también la mimosa está espléndida. Gracias.
    Buena semana.
    Un abrazo.

  5. I have loved seeing cherry blossoms in Japan. We once followed the blooming with my mom and aunt from Hiroshima up to Tokyo. It was magical. Did you know the cherry blossoms in Washington D.C. is at its peak right now?

    1. No, I didn't. In my neighborhood, buds are still tight, but soon they’ll be awaken by warm wind.

    2. Magical pictures, Yoko, both cherry blossoms and mimosa which blooming trees I never saw. But there's a bouquet of mimosa on my desk now.
      Speaking about cherry trees in Washington DC, I was deeply impressed by the history when I knew that they were given as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan.

  6. Lovely blossoms. Is there a fragrance too!

  7. Stunning photos, Yoko!
    Spring is so beautiful in your corner of the world.
    Have a nice day!

  8. Yoko - thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments. Yes, I am often trailing my fellow hikers on the trail because I am always pausing to take pictures!

    I have always relished your spectacular photos, and cherry blossom season is just one of the times of year that you treat us to the beauty of your landscapes. Thanks for casting some color into a world that is sometimes gray with concern and worry, not to mention the browns and grays here until our Spring arrives.

  9. such a breathtaking display of cherry blossom blooms dear Yoko :)
    your shots are awesome my friend and speak language of poetry :)))
    the walking among these glorious gardens must be heavenly indeed
    Japan is surly worth visiting in lifetime !
    health peace and joy to you and loved ones !

  10. Hi Yoko,
    With climate change, the planet and nature react, and flowers appear earlier than usual.
    Wonderful flowers, both sakura and mimosas.
    All the photos are so beautiful, I especially loved the 3rd one, with the bird in the sakura trees, it's fantastic.
    Greetings and all the best to you and your family.

  11. It makes my heart beat faster, as we say here, meaning pure enthusiasm that appeals to the emotions. Spring looks so wonderful.

    And I am happy about your contribution to

    Greetings from Heidrun

  12. Your photographs are lovely, I enjoyed seeing them.

    All the best Jan

  13. Hallo, Yoko! Spring is a wonderful time of year that I love. Beautiful photos, wonderful flowers.Greetings spring, have a good weekend.

  14. I looked at your photos again, Yoko san and noticed the mejiro. We have them in Hawaii too.
    By the way, we just signed up for a tour for next year to visit Sado Island and to see the Ashikaga Flower Park. I'm looking forward to seeing that wisteria tree. Sado Island is one place we haven't been to.

  15. I wish we could see these colourful blossoms with our own eyes, in Nara park. Delicate and bright shades, multitude of them. I love the names, too, Ume and Okame-zakura. How do you pronounce the last word? As -s or -z sound? Special thanks for pictures with birds, Yoko. That white eye! Thank you, dear friend, all the best in April.

    1. 桜Sakura becomes "zakura" in compound words. For example, 八重桜 is not Yae-sakura but Yae-zakura.

  16. Such beautiful colours, Yoko, I love the colours! No blossoms on the trees here in my corner of canada yet. But the weather is changing and getting warmer, the late snow has melted, and the sky is blue today. We are hoping for blue skies tomorrow too, as there will be a total solar eclipse in this area, so I hope for no clouds!

  17. God is kind who blessed your part of land with such serene and bursting beauty dear Yoko !!!!!!!
    thank you so much for making us part of your love for nature ,i share greatly it with you
    big thanks for each magical shot and special thanks for the enchanting video ,i wish i was sparrow enjoying on branch there Breathtaking views ! hugs and best wishes !


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