Cherry Blossoms and Bugs in Takano

Entrance to a Shinto Shrine, with right side of torii gate, stone lantern, and vertical stone with the Kanji for Takano Jinja.

Takano Jinja (Shrine) Entrance in Ritto City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Cherry trees bloom at the beginning of April at the entrance to Takano Shrine and in Takano Park next to the shrine. With both old and young cherry trees, Takano Park is a good place to see blossoms up close.


Cherry blossom buds in Takano

Many people go to famous sites to view cherry blossoms from a distance as scenery or as locations for picnics, but I prefer quiet places where I can get close enough to look carefully at individual blossoms.


Beetle on cherry tree

Close viewing reveals more than details of blossoms. Trees host many small creatures, and sometimes we humans are fortunate enough to see them. The beautiful trees and blossoms that we admire serve other creatures in different ways.


Cherry blossoms

A branch that offers serene and delicate beauty to humans may be a site of dramatic struggles for survival.

I hope people who view cherry blossoms will take time to look closely and see the richness of nature that lies beyond our conventional notions of beauty.


Trees and flowers can give us great pleasure, but they also nurture many other creatures with whom we share Earth.

More photos are in my my Flikr set, Cherry Blossoms.

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