Plum Blossoms & A Blue Heron, a set on Flickr.
For most people in Japan, going out and viewing the flowers in bloom is an annual event. Here in Kyoto, there’s actually a different flower to go and see every month, from hydrangeas, camellias, irises, cherry blossoms, and so on. And while cherry blossoms (also known as sakura) are by far the most popular, my love is reserved for the diverse, fragrant, and fragile plum.
Usually, the plum is a February flower, but this year, it’s been so cold that they’ve only just started blooming.
I went to Kyoto Botanical Gardens to view the plum blossoms this year. It was nice; there weren’t too many people about, and an immature blue heron followed me around. (No, really.) I walked to a different end of the park, it swooped through the trees and landed next to a bridge I was standing on. We chilled out together for about ten minutes before it finally flew away.
That’s really all I have to say… this is just a photo blog. Enjoy!