May 7, 2012

Shidare-zakura (Prunus pendula f. pendula) blossoms in Ryoan-ji (Kyoto)

The sprays of brilliant blossoms of an aged Shidare-zakura (weeping cherry) tree, which were drooping down to this side of the old weathered wall, adorned exquisitely this famed Kare-sansui garden (dry landscape garden).

In the open sea expressed by the glittering white pebbles, the mossed stone island was shaded by the pink cloud-like blossoms in the bright sunlight of April.

The elegant harmony between the eternal beauty of this dry landscape and the transient grace of these spring blossoms presented a true moment of wonder to me.

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