I have decided to submit another slide from our 1981 Japan vacation for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge. We traveled to Japan in April just to see the cherry trees in blossom and this particular tree, one of more than 600 in Kyoto’s Maruyama Park, is one of the most famous trees in the entire country.
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The tree is a single-petal white Higan variety weeping cherry (Hitoe Shiro Higan Shidare Sakura) and is a second-generation tree. The first lived for more than 200 years but died in 1947. This tree was planted in 1949 and at the age of 32 was in the prime of its life when we visited in 1981. It is still there today but it doesn’t look at all like it did back then. A lot of its high branches are now gone and it is suffering with soil problems. But it recently sprouted a few new branches and it is under the care of a prominent tree-doctor whose grandfather planted the tree 67 years ago.
Leanne Cole is an Australian photographer who hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website to see what other photographers are doing in monochrome these days.