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Cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark, ...
Cherry blossoms in Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These beautiful trees is in Tidal Basin in Washington, DC taken several days ago.

Cherry Blossom Trees One of the quiet parts of...
Cherry Blossom Trees One of the quiet parts of the grounds looking back to the entrance to the crematorium. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My favorite part about Spring is when the flowers and trees start to bloom! I have an obsession with clouds and cherry blossom trees! Whether its pink or white I find them to be SO beautiful. For my wedding I want my center pieces to be cherry blossoms with the tree branches! Ah! Love, love and love!

Side note: For the Japanese the cherry blossom holds very different meaning. The cherry blossom is a very delicate flower that blooms for a very short time. For the Japanese this represents the transience of life. This concept ties in very deeply with the fundamental teachings of Buddhism that state all life is suffering and transitory. The Japanese have long held strong to the Buddhist belief of the transitory nature of life and it is very noble to not get too attached to a particular outcome or not become emotional because it will all pass in time. The fallen cherry blossom is not taken lightly in Japanese symbolism either. It often represents the beauty of snow and there are many connections made in Japanese literatureor poetry to a fallen cherry blossom and snow. This also has been extended to the life of a warrior whose life was ended early in battle.

Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gift from Ja...
Japanese cherry trees (Sakura), a gift from Japan in 1965, adorn the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C. during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Washington Monument is visible in the distance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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