Cherry Tree Blossom, National Tree Week

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Ornamental Cherry Blossom in Spring Ornamental Cherry Blossom in Spring

Of course trees don't just give us large canopies of leaves and branches, they often provide some of the finest flowers such as these cherry blossoms.

This image is from outside of the hospital where I received chemotherapy two years ago, the dark wood of the cherry and those delicate pinky-white petals make for a fine display and one that I was glad to stop and admire given the events of the time.

Cherry trees are native to Ireland, but not the ones seen here. The two varieties are wild cherry Prunus avium and bird cherry Prunus padus, and are mostly found growing wild in the west of Ireland and the midlands.

Still, the ornamental cherries provide plenty of attraction in spring typically in urban areas.

In Buddhism, the cherry blossom or sakura, represents the impermanence or transience of life due to the brevity of their flowering season.

Ornamental cherry blossom in spring, Ireland
Ornamental cherry blossom in spring, Ireland
Last modified on Saturday, 27 March 2021 17:30
Darren McLoughlin

International travel photographer and Irishman in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times

Cancer survivor.

Ask me about Ireland or about photography in Ireland.

https://darrenmcloughlin.com

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