Blossoms scattered by wind

Blossoms are scattered by the wind and the wind cares nothing, but the blossoms of the heart no wind can touch. ~ Yoshida Kenko "Yoshida Kenko (1284 – 1350) was a Japanese author and Buddhist monk," according to Wikipedia. "His most famous work is Tsurezuregusa (Essays in Idleness) ~ one of the most studied works…

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Cherry Blossoms & Bees At Hakone Estate & Gardens

When I first started photographing cherry blossoms at Hakone Estate & Gardens a few years back, the number of bees on the blossoms frightened me because I am highly allergic to bee stings (asthma). In the thousands of photos I've taken, not one bee has stung me. They have landed on my gear, my hat,…