Friday, March 17, 2017

Blossomtime







Year after year, it's the same - my plum trees bloom and I can't tear myself away from them, heading outside just to stand underneath, inhaling deeply and staring up into branches thick with frothy, pink blossoms. I take a lot of photos, which look about the same every year, playing with camera settings to try to capture exactly what I see. I want to remember them in brassy summer and in brown winter. I stand there for a long time. I probably look a little strange to the neighbors, but I think they're used to it by now. I'm always outside taking a picture of something - sky, trees, mesa and mountain. Things inside need my attention, but I stay just a minute longer as the petals take flight on a sudden breeze, coming back in the house with petals in my hair and in the folds of my shirt. There are some stuck to the bottoms of my shoes and I will find them later, dried stickily onto the tiles in the kitchen. Another year, another brief season of pink petals everywhere. My plum trees are important to how I mark time - the seasons pass but the years pass even faster. Spring is here again.

17 comments:

  1. Your pictures are stunning, Jennifer! We aren't quite to cherry and plum blossom time yet, so it was nice to get a preview here. I don't blame you for standing under the trees and admiring them. :-)

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  2. Wow, masses of glorious blossom. Nothing at all on my plum tree yet, but I do have peach blossom. In town there is a row of flowering cherry trees. Every year the petals lie so thickly underneath, it's amazing. Hope you have a good weekend Jennifer. CJ xx

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  3. so beautiful! so good to have this to remember when they are not there, as you say; this btw ties in with a beautiful book I am reading - about beauty sustaining oneself - called The Rosemary Tree by Elizabeth Goudge. It's a very lovely read so far... :) Thanks for these pictures! They remind me of the cherry trees in BC where I used to live for undergrad, so so beautiful...

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  4. Those blossoms are so amazingly gorgeous. I can only dream of flowers no blossoms here in the chilly mountains. Last night while we FaceTimed, Alex showed us some cherry blossoms in Tokyo. Very early there. Thank you for sharing this breath of spring and it's importance to you.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  5. Blossom time is one of my favourites; that pink against a blue sky - just heavenly. Sadly, our neighbours widened their driveway and had to chop down a magnificent old cherry tree this year. I shall miss it . No blossom on the trees here yet, but it's coming soon ....... xx

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  6. Your photos cheered up my morning, it is horrible here, wet, windy and foggy. I will miss my beautiful cherry trees in my old house this year. Trees bring such joy.

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  7. Wonderful pictures of the blossom against the blue sky. It is important to stop, stand and appreciate these special moments in our busy world. There will always be household chores so I think you are sensible to enjoy the blossom for the short time it lasts.

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  8. I was looking at our pear and damson trees yesterday, wondering when they might burst into flower, but we're just at the forsythia stage in Yorkshire. I really enjoyed your words and photographs this morning. And you're right, blossom season is so brief. Stay out in the garden as long as possible, I say!

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  9. Beautiful, Jennifer! I so love blossom against blue sky pictures! Have a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  10. They look so beautiful covered in blossom xx

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  11. Yay! for spring. It's such a wonderful feeling when the blossom comes out.

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  12. Oh, blossom time already, such a wonderful time of year. There's nothing on my little plum tree at the moment but it had plum leaf curl last year so I'm hoping it doesn't happen again this year.

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  13. Such beautiful photos. I love this time of year too and spend a lot of time standing under trees and looking up :). The blossoms are a welcome blast of colour after winter. My favourite photo is the one of the blossoms on the floor with the speckled light. Beautiful

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  14. So beautiful. Our driveway used to be planked by cherry blossoms. We had to remove them because their roots were ruining our driveway and getting to close to the foundation of our house. This will be our first spring without them and I'll miss them so much













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  15. How beautiful! I'd be standing under these trees and taking photos, too. I can't wait til trees start blooming here. I'm guessing it'll still be another month.

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