Cherry blossoms of Okinawa by Shawn Miller

The Cherry blossoms are generally in full bloom mid-January through February. Mt Yaedake and Nakijin castle are the most popular viewing locations for the Cherry blossoms. Some of the most beautiful trees can also be found in residential areas and public parks.

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Cherry blossoms – Mt Yaedake

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Nakijin castle blossoms

Cherry blossoms -Kume Island

Cherry blossoms -Kume Island

Every year I try to create an original photograph of the Cherry Blossoms. Something that has not been done before. Below are some of my favourite photographs using specialized blue lights during the night.

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossoms under blue light

Cherry blossum under blue light

Cherry blossoms under blue light

People often ask me what kind of camera setup do I use to create these images.

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

Fluorescence photography setup -Shawn Miller

Psychedelic cherry blossoms

Psychedelic cherry blossoms

Cherry blossoms -zakimi castle

Cherry blossoms -zakimi castle

Cherry blossoms - Yomitan Okinawa

Cherry blossoms – Yomitan Okinawa

Lightpainting with the Sola nightsea.

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Lightpainting cherry blossoms

I did some light painting comparisons using UV 385nm instead of 450nm. I used my sons Nike shoe as a background. The shoelaces fluoresced bright orange and the heal fluorescence bright green. I wanted to create something unique.

Cherry blossom under UV 385

Cherry blossom under UV 385

It can be challenging to photograph the animals that feed on the blossoms. I have photographed fruit bats, birds and insect feeding on the sweet-smelling blossoms.

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Fruitbat feeding on Cherry blossoms

The Japanese White-eye  (Mejiro) is the most popular animal to photograph in the trees.  

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Japanese White-eye – Mejiro

Hummingbird hawk-moth

Hummingbird hawk-moth

The Okinawa rail is a flightless bird endemic to northern Okinawa. It is currently listed as an endangered species. This was my first time documenting this behaviour.

Okinawa rail feeding on the sweet fruit

Okinawa rail feeding on the sweet fruit

Have a great day!