Blossoms scattered by wind

Cherry Blossoms
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 of medieval Japanese literature. Kenko wrote during the Muromachi and Kamakura periods.”

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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, and my face, arms and legs. And not one sting. I really love the bees. This photo was softened for effect. It is one of my favorites. If you live in the Bay Area, or even if you don’t and want to support Hakone, buy a membership. They are very modestly priced and it goes to a crown jewel of the San Francisco Bay Area in Silicon Valley’s foothills.