I have two favourite ornamental flowering trees - the jacaranda, and this, the cherry blossom.
Its flowers are pretty, delicate and striking against the dark trunk. When it isn't flowering, the tree is just as gorgeous with its deep purply red leaves.
They've been associated with the fleeting nature of life, mortality and renewal. As I create my Cherry Blossom Series, my thoughts are with those affected by recent devastating floods, bushfires, earthquakes and tsunamis.
And a little haiku is in order:
pretty pink blossom
blooms despite adversity
as does the spirit
I keep a painting close by to remind me of how lucky and blessed I am, and to trust in the power of my own spirit.