As the days leading to Christmas become more chaotic, it’s always nice to snatch a few moments of quiet away from the rush.
While Australia definitely has its share of amazing landscapes – the Daintree, the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru, Kakadu, to name a few – I have to admit that when it comes to the more standard Australian native bushland, for me, it doesn’t exactly have the wow factor that say, a landscape from another country may have.
That being said, once I do get out amidst the bush, there is something captivating about it nonetheless…
These cherry blossoms are part of one of the entrances to Toowoomba’s Queens Park. I headed into this entrance, prepared to go looking for the ‘real’ gardens, only to be be blown away by the entrance itself.
It’s really no wonder that the Japanese have long celebrated these blooms by holding cherry blossom festivals each Spring.
I’ve always thought that cherry blossoms are native to Japan. I’m probably not the only one to think that. But it’s actually believed that they originated from the Himalayas.
Nothing like a little flora trivia to start your week! Nevertheless, cherry blossoms have a special meaning in Japan.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. ~ Homaro Cantu