April 18, 2014

Plum Beautiful

Photograph by Hideyuki Katagiri

"There is a culture around the cherry blossoms in spring in Japan, especially strong now," says Hideyuki Katagiri, who submitted this picture of a plum grove on Mount Takao to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "But to me, the plum blossoms make me feel the coming of the season. This beautiful early morning light on the trees [seems to create] an explosion of spring."

This photo was submitted to the 2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest.

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38 comments
Alan Webb
Alan Webb

Beautiful picture. In my small garden I have two cherry trees, nothing compared what we can see on the picture.

Trish Rawlings
Trish Rawlings

I agree about the plum blossoms signifying spring is here...lovely...

Farshad Tasaodian
Farshad Tasaodian

Awesome! That's the nature with its all freshness, beauty and liveliness! 

Jeffrey Lin
Jeffrey Lin

Great,  I can feel the coming of Spring.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Wonderland of Spring!     Lovely photo.

Roxa HO
Roxa HO

another way to feel the spring

Shannon T
Shannon T

"An explosion of Spring". That sounds lovely.

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

Gorgeously amazing!  New desktop for me!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Dijana, why dont you try to send us a picture of those neem tree blossoms that you see in Rajasthan? After all India offers a lot of lovely blossoms too.  j.e.s.......

Phyllis Ewing
Phyllis Ewing

So beautiful. The color, the smell of the blossoms, surrounded by the beauty of the earth and God's creations.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

Yes indeed, spring has sprung in this picture. But it is'nt the greatest spring shot that I have ever seen. I dont know the technicalities of taking a picture, but as I have said before the result must appeal to the eye of the beholder. Often to those who are like me ,and yes to those who know what it's all about as well. j.e.s......... 

Özkan Özkoldaş
Özkan Özkoldaş

I dont understand what is special of this photo? It is like a photo taken by a old fashion mobile phone accidently...

Andri P.
Andri P.

I am pretty sure that this is what paradise looks like!  The magic of spring in a photo!Congrats for the wonderful picture!

woooowwwww..........

Hla Win
Hla Win

Color and light contract is very sensational. Congraculation

Dijana Lovren
Dijana Lovren

I am in desert Thar, Rajasthan, India, at the moment. And here Neem tree blossoms, it looks unbelievably nice.

Ayse Erel
Ayse Erel

Beautiful and promising blossoms of spring, so awesome!

Shane Hughes
Shane Hughes

@Özkan Özkoldaş  I completely agree. There is nothing for my eye to focus on in this image. There doesn't seem to be any special intent behind the composition and the light is not great. It looks like this was a snapshot rather than an image in which the photographer took the time to carefully craft the composition and wait for the right light.

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