As the holly jolly holidays have long past and we find ourselves in the middle of January, it’s natural to long for an escape from the dreary conditions winter brings—freezing temperatures, barren trees, and gloomy skies. While it may feel like March is a million months away, art is always a savior you can turn to for emotion refuge. In this case, you can spring forward with a cheerful collection of nature-inspired embroidery to melt away the winter blues.
We have featured photographs of the cherry blossoms trees in Taiwan and every year there is a flood of photos as thousands of Americans flock to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms bloom on the National Mall, but these new images by a Japanese photographer known only as Arixxx are particularly delightful.
With a long exposure, Arixxx captures the trails of light left by the headlights and taillights of passing traffic in Hitachi, Japan. Beneath the trees heavy with pink blossoms, the red and white light blends together to create a magical cherry glow in the night. These photos emphasize the incredible beauty of nature in an urban landscape and although it may seem early, they will certainly help build the anticipation for the National Cherry Blossom Festival in DC next month.