Blossom in the Glen

Mortimer Menpes



Source: Japan, A Record in Colour, facing p. 98

Menpes noted the Japanese love of flowering cherries, whether of single boughs or panoramic views of the trees in spring, when careful planting produces dazzling shows: "One huge sweep of blossom is thought out in relation to another sweep that is deeper in tone; near by is a curiously-shaped bare patch of earth which is designed to give value to the brighter colour; and so it continues indefinitely" (86). The dappled sunlight on the path, and the little bridge further along it, add to the effect here. — Jacqueline Banerjee

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