February 13, 2010

A white Ume flower in Engaku-ji temple

In the bitter coldness of early February, the small buds and flowers of Ume (Japanese apricot) are patiently waiting for the arrival of a kindly spring breeze.

Ume flowers gracefully withstand the coldness in this almost flowerless season.

We admire the noble beauty of these delicate but enduring flowers as an elegant sign of approaching spring and retreating winter.

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