February 20, 2017

Japanese white-eye bird and ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms: Tsurugaoka-hachimangu (Kamakura)

Early in February, before any flower, the noble blossoms of ume start blooming to foretell the arrival of spring.

The pleasant fragrance of spring begins to drift softly in the chilly scentless air of late winter.

Birds wait eagerly for this early flowering season to enjoy the nectar of life ecstatically.

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