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Catching the Light - Cherry Blossoms - Brooklyn Botanic Garden- By Vivienne Gucwa Staring into the light of the bright spring sun surrounded by flowering trees, petals swirled in the wind catching the light like glowing embers eventually scattering to the algae-colored pond below where they shimmered on the surface like tiny lanterns. I was reminded of a comment that someone made about several of my recent spring photos where they were surprised to see nature represented in such a way in New York City because for them, New York City seemed to be nothing more than "a wilderness of rocks". The truth is that there are so many places to find serenity and nature in New York City. There are over 1700 parks that span all five boroughs of New York City, many of which boast beautiful landscapes. This particular image was taken yesterday at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden, one of my favorite spots to enjoy the many colors and sights of spring. The Brooklyn Botanic garden has more than 200 cherry trees of forty-two Asian species, making it one of the foremost cherry-viewing sites outside of Japan. The first cherries were planted at the garden after World War I, a gift from the Japanese government. The Japanese Hill and Pond Garden located in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden was the first Japanese garden to be created in an American public garden. It was constructed in 1914 and first opened to the public in June 1915. It is widely considered by numerous landscape architects, to be the masterpiece of its creator, Japanese landscape designer Takeo Shiota. ---
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Spring's Embers - Cherry Blossom Petals on the Surface of a PondSpring rises as a younger subdued phoenix from Autumn's dormant flame stoked by the warmth of the sun as it ascends from the icy muffled ground of Winter. As Spring burns with its pink and white flame, the trees dance shaking off frigid thoughts of barren times. And when the trees have fortified themselves with the fire of renewal, Spring's pale pink and white ash scatters onto the wind carried by the whisper of Autumn's dreaming utterances before falling to the surface of the water like tiny embers as they flicker in the sunlight alight with a dream of Summer. --- Cherry blossoms petals on the surface of the pond at the Japanese Hill and Pond Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York City.
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