When the cherry blossoms bloom around these parts, we have to run out and enjoy them immediately. They just suddenly bloom, everything is pink and beautiful, and the winds of spring invariably blow and they’re gone. Like pink snow, the petals fall and swirl around before disappearing.
It’s an ephemeral burst of life that comes every year.
My mother often calls these windy days in spring los vientos de cuaresma, the winds of Lent. I never gave it much thought since Lent and spring are, while not the same thing, certainly occurring at the same time.
And then I gave some deeper thought to the meaning of the wind blowing so insistently during Lent. What a fantastic presence of the Holy Spirit stirring up every nook and cranny in anticipation of Holy Week.
27 thoughts on “Cherry Blossoms: Ephemeral Signs of Spring”
Tho there beauty be awesome they soon fly away, it’s so very enlightening that they will return again when the wind blows this way
Love the metaphor between the wind and the Holy Spirit … living in the Middle East I haven’t heard the word cuaresma spoken in years!
Down here, down under, Lent marks the beginning of autumn, a time when typically there isn’t a lot of wind. Somehow the connection between the winds of spring, in your part of the world, and the Holy Spirit makes so much sense. The photos are so beautiful. Cherry blossom in spring always fills me with hope.
Thanks! Where, exactly, are you down under? I have a dear friend near Melbourne.
I’m in New Zealand, Maria. On the east coast of the North Island in Napier, a small town famous for its Art Deco architecture.
I love the Word picture that Lenten winds evokes.
I like the idea of the holy spirit stirring up things in such a beautiful manner.
me too 🙂
I think you’ve nailed ephemeral!
Thanks. I should post the after.
Done. Go back to my home page 🙂
They are so beautiful. I think I could spend a few hours just watching their beauty :)).
They’re so pretty. If only they could last a bit longer.
I know. A good wind and it’s gone.
Such delicate beauty.
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I absolutely love cherry blossoms, The most beautiful sign of spring 🙂
Beautiful. I get excited each year when they start to bud.
they really are amazing aren’t they?