The Cherry may be the prettier of the two; but when once you have seen the red Plum-blossom in the snow at the dawn of a spring morning, you will no longer forget its beauty.
Puffy Sakura [96/365]
I originally thought this was a kind of sakura, hence the name (No real reason, but I thought I should use the same title I did on my other blog). But now many people have told me it is actually a plum blossom, more specially a yae-ume. At any rate, it kind of reminds me of the puffy shirt Kramer tried to get Jerry to wear1.
The First Plum Blossom [89/365]
This is from a few weeks ago, one of the first plum blossoms I saw blooming. This is a different kind than the one I posted a few days ago. Whereas that one was white with a red tint and a red base, this one has a green tint. It was very dark when I took this photo—I had to use ISO 1600, and even then the photo was dark, so the greenish tint may be a bit hard to see, but you can see the base of the blossom is green.
Hey, what do you call the base of flowers anyways? I’m so not a flower guy, though I do enjoy looking at them.
Red Tinted Plum Blossoms [88/365]
Everything is a little late this year, but the plum blossoms finally came out a few weeks ago, and then disappeared only a few days later. Quick flowers.
They look similar to cherry blossoms, so many confuse them; one key difference is they tend to be smaller. Also, they usually have a much stronger smell. There are many different types. I’ve been to a shrine around town that claimed to have over 1000 different types of plum blossoms around the area.
There are many kinds that are completely red. This kind below is mostly white, but there is a reddish tint and the base is red. Not sure what the name of this kind is. Anyone?
The mejiro is a small, quick bird. He’s much beloved for his beautiful color, but hard to catch. I’ve managed to only get a few shots of them. Go check them out.
The flowers are plum blossoms. They may look similar to cherry blossoms, but are smaller. They start to bloom in late Jan and early Feb and usually last a few weeks. During and before the Heian period (794–1185) they were more popular than cherry blossoms. Tradition says they offer protection against evil and so they are often planted in the north-east of gardens, which is evidently the direction evil always (predictably) tries to sneak in from.