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1 April 2021

The BBC reports that the cherry blossom season in Japan has peaked at its earliest date since records began 1,200 years ago. "Increasingly early flowerings in recent decades are likely to be as a result of climate change, scientists say," the report says.

Cherry Blossom. Nikon D200 with 43-86mm Nikkor at f3.5, 1/5000 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

And here, which is south of Japan and hence warmer, we had cherry blossoms galore last month. Are they at their peak? We'll have to investigate.

The trouble with capturing these tiny bursts of color is that they love to dance in the wind. Even at 1/1600, we see subject blur.

And settling on an aperture that keeps one branch's blossoms in focus is not small feat either. We failed here but promise to do better. The small LCD on the D200 doesn't help but we could enlarge the image on the display to check for focus without arousing any suspicion.

A lot of things are blooming early this year. We don't mind at all.

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