Kwanzan Zen #4 - Salem, Oregon - USA
The Kwanzan Cherry Tree. So far in my life, easily the most magnificent and impressive creation I've witnessed sprouting from a tree branch. First experienced in 2017, my first Spring in Oregon. A discovery that provided an ecstatic feeling of wonder, and reverence for God/Nature's creativity.
I could hardly believe that something so beautiful grew from a tree, appearing as if giant pink carnations or roses hung from it. And thankfully, their brilliance can be found all over the Salem, Oregon area where I've resided, and eagerly anticipated their arrival each year!
On this day, I was in a state of pure zen, with no other care in the world, besides my mission of admiring and capturing this beauty. Only a simple stroll around the block was required, where I encountered three of them, and lost track of time and surroundings.
The wind was gusting, adding a challenge to the mission, and an opportunity to practice the zen art of allowing. This piece is focused on the tall, long, extended branches of the tree, with the capture intended to be a panoramic piece. The branches actually extend upward, and I turned the camera to create this. I was delighted to also catch a small bit of newly blossoming buds in the corner.