Photographer Danilo Dungo captures the brilliant bursts of Tokyo’s cherry blossoms from a bird’s-eye view. He directs his DJI Phantom drone over Inokashira Koen, a popular public park, to secure his shots during the short season each March or April, when the trees bloom in bright pink.
Rendered small and distant, the cherry blossoms seem to erupt from the earth like fluorescent fireworks, nestled in clusters of ordinary greenery and lined up against the edges of the park’s central pond. In several of the series’ most dazzling images, the fallen petals form patterns on the surface of the water, carpeting the rippled currents in their rosy hue. In others, a glimpse of the golden sky at sunrise explains the quiet cast of gentle mist across the scenery.
What makes the vistas particularly extraordinary is the way that they capture such a temporary spectacle—the cherry blossoms only last for about a week. Fortunately, Dungo’s photos are enduring, and you can check them out on his National Geographic Your Shot page.
All images via Danilo Dungo.