The Natural Beauty of Sakura ❀

*spring

A Good Jogging Path Cherry blossoms with Japanese White-eye

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sakura and the huge antenna 桜花絢爛

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2014 さくら#3 at promenade nearby

Cherry blossoms, cherry blossoms,
Across the spring sky,
As far as you can see.
Is it a mist, or clouds?
Fragrant in the air.
Come now, come now,
Let’s look, at last!
Japanese Folk Song Sakura, Sakura

Photos from fangchun15, JapanDave, myu-myu, ditao, torne (where’s my lens cap?), **sione**, sunuq, and xperiane; discover more cherry blossom photos from this year in our Sakura image search.

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#TwitterTuesday: Pen

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Yuri's notebook

Start over. Volver a empezar. Untitled

John Knox himself

Pen and Paper

RGB Pens

Memo

Pens may be one of the most ancient tools for human beings to record their life and thoughts. It enabled cultural heritage and history to be passed on from generation to generation, and the joy and sorrow of life could be conveyed in a visible form. Here is our selection of favorites from the photos you submitted, and you can see and share all the submissions shared with us on Twitter.

Don’t forget to follow us on Flickr and on Twitter to see the next challenge directly in your feed. We will be back with the new theme next Tuesday.

Photos from Kevin O’Mara, Navarro Imagen, Deborah Cardinal, Chantal Nederstigt, Kate Benjamin, Andrew Harper, and John Carleton.

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Flickr Photo Walk in Taipei, Taiwan

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Flickr Taiwan Photowalk 西門町

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視若無睹 Turn a blind eye

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交會 / Intersection

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More than 20 local photographers and Flickr members gathered in Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan, for the first Flickr Photo Walk in the city.

Ximending is one of the best spots for street photography by having a mix of modern and historical visual elements. People from different cultures visit this neighborhood from around the globe, making it a colorful and vibrant destination.

The attending photographers were invited to share their best photos after the shooting session, where we enjoyed drinks and snacks. Ethan Chiang, an experienced street photographer and special guest, presented his work and commentary with all the attendees.

You can visit the Flickr Photo Walk Taiwan Group to see, share, and fave all the great photos they took.

We’ll continue to hold more photo gatherings for all the Flickr lovers. Stay tuned!

Photos from Ethan Chiang, Wu Navi, Will Lin, Speedbug, Chieh-An Yang, Cynthia Chang, Charles Lee , Celia Chen, and 陳育倫.

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Thanks, a curious collection

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Flickr is home to many amazing things! These photos from Mary & Matt, showcase a great collection of Thank you bags, inviting you to discover more in their set Thanks!.

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Eyes up close

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When you zoom into eyes, their vibrant color gradations and painterly contours appear like explosions of space nebulas. And many of you have done wonders in capturing the individually unique characteristics within all of our irises — the pigmented portions of our optic organs — also including the beauty held in the eyes of our fellow animals.

See, and share, more photos in the Exploring Eyes gallery and Irises group.

Photos from keithj5000, Brian Arancibia Guerra, Grzegorz Rogala, Mika Hiltunen, and kamonrat meunklad.

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Awesome views from aerial photography

Great Blue Hole - Belize

Many of you were lucky enough to get the window seat for your air traveling and had chances to capture our world from the sky. From Belize’s Great Blue Hole to New York City’s tightly packed skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan, the amount of aerial photography available to us is astounding.

See, and share, more photos in the Breathtaking Bird’s-Eye Views gallery and Landscape from Planes group.

Photos from Larry, Piotr Lewandowski, Jim Mullhaupt, blue polaris, Laurent Tironi, and Peter Tsai.

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Girl’s Disney dream comes true

Have you ever had that moment when you see a child’s face light up with pure joy… but realize you forgot your camera? San Diego’s Angela Bonser has dedicated much of her photography to make sure her child’s moments of bliss are captured in a special way. The mom of two has taken hundreds of heartwarming photos of her youngest daughter, Haylie, dressed like a princess at Disneyland, and Angela handmade her daughter’s costumes, making Haylie’s experience even more memorable!

“It’s every little girl’s dream to dress up and play princess for [the] day,” she tells The Weekly Flickr in the accompanying video. “And the fact that I’ve ‘literally’ had a hand in making it happen for my daughter is everything to me.”

Ironically, Angela never liked to sew. But during her motherhood, she discovered that dressing her oldest daughter, Ashlie, in pretty dresses and taking photos of her was becoming overly expensive!

Twirling Auroras

“One Christmas, when Ashlie was a one-year-old, my mom went out and bought me a sewing machine and said, ‘It’s time. You’re going to learn how to sew,’” Angela recalls. “I did NOT want to learn how to sew, but I decided, ‘Okay this is the time, I’ll just do it.’ So I went out, bought all the supplies I needed and made my first dress. From then on, shockingly, I was hooked!”

Angela immediately began sewing all the time.

“I couldn’t stop sewing!” Angela says. “I sewed mainly dresses for my daughter. I loved taking her out on photography sessions, so I could record her cuteness and also my creations. When I found out in 2002 I was pregnant with my second daughter, Haylie, I was so excited knowing I had another child I could sew for!”

In 2009, Angela and her family moved to San Diego. And a few months later, they took their first trip to Disneyland.

“One of the things I noticed was the amount of little girls running around dressed like Disney princesses,” Angela recalls. “I thought that looked like so much fun, so I convinced my youngest, Haylie, to be Snow White for Halloween that year. I had always wanted to make that costume, but now I was extra determined — thinking she could wear it at Disneyland and have even more fun with it.”

When Angela returned to Disneyland a few months later with Haylie dressed in her Snow White costume, the response was overwhelming.

“Everywhere we went, people were dying to know where she got that dress,” Angela says. “Most people thought I must have paid hundreds of dollars to have it custom made, or that a grandma had made it! I guess I didn’t look like someone who knew how to sew. People were always shocked when they found out I made the dress.”

Angela recalls the Disney cast members loved seeing Haylie in costume. Many of them played along acting as if she was a really princess. In return, Haylie too loved playing along with the characters. Angela described it as an incredible moment.

“My daughter had so much fun on that trip, and I just thought, ‘We can keep doing this, and I can keep creating. It’s like getting to sew costumes all the time, which was my favorite kind of sewing anyway’”, Angela says. “I also thought it was such a fun way [for Haylie] to experience childhood — given the reaction of the cast members and everyone at Disneyland… so I decided to keep doing it!”

Angela drew inspiration for making the costumes from many different places. At times, it was from the beautiful fabrics she’d find while out shopping. Other times, she’d pick her favorite characters either she or Haylie would come across at Disneyland.

“I’ve done Alice, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Aurora, Jedi, Giselle from Enchanted — you name it,” Angela says. “By far, the most challenging dress I ever made was the green Ariel park dress. Finding the fabrics was very difficult, but I remember scouring online, and I actually found the exact same trim that Ariel used on her dress. It was so great to see it come together.”

Angela’s favorite costume she ever made happened to be Haylie’s as well – Mary Poppins.

“I remember when we got to the park. We hadn’t even entered yet, but the reaction of all the other people in line was just overwhelming,” Angela remembers. “No one else had ever seen a little tiny Mary Poppins before. That’s not something you can buy. People were just blown away.”

“[When] we got into the park, we looked over and saw Burt coming with this big huge smile on his face,” Angela says. “Haylie ran up to him and gave him a huge hug and those two danced like she was really Mary Poppins!”

“When Mary Poppins finally came out, the look on her face was just precious,” Angela recalls beaming.” She was so excited, and they just bonded instantly!”

The most memorable moment for Angela was when Mary Poppins and Burt took Haylie on the carousel. Haylie got to ride Mary Poppins’ very own horse, Jingles — who’s infamous at Disneyland.

Throughout the years, Angela has received many requests to sew costumes for other children for money. However she’s refused every single time.

“That’s not something I ever wanted to do,” Angela says. “I never wanted to make it a job. I just enjoyed my daughter being the only one with that costume — something that’s uniquely her own.”

Today, Angela looks back on her “Disneyland Years” photos fondly — mainly seeing Haylie’s face filled with such joy.

“Haylie had so much fun immersing herself in the characters and making so many friends, both characters and park guests,” Angela says. ”For her, it was years of magical and wonderful Disneyland memories that she will never forget. I think she will always remember her mom running backwards, trying not to fall off a curb, or not to run into someone, snapping pictures like a crazy woman not wanting to miss any of these amazing moments!”

“I’m just shocked at the joy that my photos and my costumes have brought to other people,” Angela admits. “I really thought it was going to just be something personal for me and my family, but it seems like they truly have spread joy to so many people.”

Visit Angela’s photostream to see more of her photography.

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#FlickFriday: Everything Must Go

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Let it go..

This week’s theme for #FlickrFriday is all about detachment. Whether it’s objects, furniture, old clothes, or even feelings, next week, we want you to get rid of all, because #EverythingMustGo. Let it go completely, but show us how through your amazing photos.

Take a shot from today until next Friday when we announce the new theme, and submit it to the group for a chance to be featured. You can also invite your friends to participate by retweeting us or sharing our status.

To see last week’s recap post, wait right here at the #TheBusStop selection.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow follow the Flickr photostream, @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for past installations of the series.

CC-BY source photo from K.Prarin Lekuthai.

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#Flickr10 Samplr Day 10: The Final One

Iditarod 2013:  Luan Ramos Marques leaving Unalakleet

Pumpkin Fry Pie    Ulm Cathedral. Confessional.

Through The Window

In the city october

Colours of Iceland - redone

Game #39/365 On Top

Guilty Art

For our concluding #Flickr10 Samplr, we decided to showcase a random selection from our favorites that did not make it into our previous thematic posts. We hope you enjoy them. If you can’t get enough of these best shots from the past 10 years, visit the #Flickr10 group pool and explore the other favorie.

In case you missed some of them, here is our full collection of #Flickr10 Samplr posts.Thanks again for all your submissions!

Our next installment in the series of #Flickr10 celebrations will be our Global Day of Flickr Photo Walks. Check out all the details and join one in your area!

Photos from GlennCantor (theskepticaloptimist), Marie Z. Williams, curiousl, Peter Sawers, Steve Clasper, jordan parks, Zanthia, A. Aleksandravičius, Osarieme, and © Miss Town.

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#FlickrFriday: The #TheBusStop Selection

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The Bus Stop

Waiting for a bus Exeter High Street Bus Stop...

Hassle free.

Bus Stop Under Tungsten Lamp

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Tag 181 "Bus-Stop" & "night"

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l'arrêt d'bus  #Flickr Friday #TheBusStop # The Bus Stop : In the wind

The Busker Stop

Our last Flickr Friday theme was about waiting. Waiting to go to work, waiting to go back home, to go to school, or maybe to visit someone. People of all ages united by the same reason in the sidewalk: the bus will be coming soon. The theme was #TheBusStop, and these are some of our favorite submissions to the Flickr Friday group.

Many of you also took the time to pick your favorites and present them in the galleries of favorites thread that you shouldn’t miss out on. It’s never too late: We invite you to go through the pool, create a gallery of your favorite contributions and share it.

Photos from ?CoolMcFlash?, vpickering, BAKAEDAR, Nick.Bucci., CK The SICK, wiwikiwi, Ser Inqto, KatrinSchade, Rodger_Evans, emil antonowsky, virginiefort and Mandy968.

#FlickrFriday is a weekly photography project that challenges your creativity. For a chance to be featured on FlickrBlog, follow follow the Flickr photostream, @flickr on Twitter & like us on Facebook and look for the weekly theme announcement every Friday. Browse the Flickr Friday category for past installations of the series.

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