Flower Power – A Virtual Tour of Blossoming Cherries

I know I cannot be the only one trying to find some beauty in what seems like a news cycle of nothing but troubling news these days.   Thank heavens for spring!  While fall still is

I know I cannot be the only one trying to find some beauty in what seems like a news cycle of nothing but troubling news these days.   Thank heavens for spring!  While fall still is my favorite season (sorry, spring), spring surely is right behind as a close second.   I do not have a green thumb at all, but I do love me some flowers.   For the past couple of years, I have made weekly flower-buying part of my grocery visit starting early spring and on throughout the summer. It has proven to be a great pick-me up with a pretty inexpensive price tag especially with my grocery store app!


While the weekly flowers are awesome, so are the amazing cherry trees in my yard that are filled with gorgeous blossoms every spring for a couple of weeks until all of the blossoms fall onto the sidewalks and driveway like pink “snow”  blanketing the ground.   Like my grocery store weekly mixed bouquets, these trees require little to no maintenance for someone like me with no green thumb whatsoever, yet provide beauty that, at times, is just that pick-me-up that  so many of us desperately need right now.


In our nation’s capital the infamous cherry blossom blooms reached their peak on April 4th. I remember seeing them on one of the few trips I have made to Washington, D.C. and they were spectacular.  I was thrilled to learn that Google Earth is offering a virtual tour of cherry blossom trees from around the world.   During this time of social distancing, what better way to see these gorgeous blooms while never leaving the sofa?  The “tour” starts in Tokyo, Japan and features over 800 trees at one location followed by another stop with a 1,000-year old weeping cherry in Miharu, Japan.  The adventure continues across to globe to Paris, Sweden, Spain, British Columbia, and our own Washington, D.C.


Grab a snack, your favorite beverage, and be prepared to be amazed with beauty. Wonder if they will add my trees to next year’s tour?   I guess we will see!


Enjoy  your Google Earth “Cherry Blossoms around the World” tour!


Feature image is from from Pexels, courtesy of Bagus Pangestu.


Cindy Chafin
Cindy Chafin, M.Ed., MCHES® serves as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her. Through her many years as a masters-level certified health educator and 18-year employment in a higher education setting – as well as several years as a graduate and doctoral student – she has written countless articles, essays, publications, grant applications, proposals, reports, and other technical and creative writing documents. In addition to her training and professional work experience, she spent four years as volunteer editor of New Focus Daily, a publication of the Women Survivors Alliance, a national women cancer survivors-focused organization based in Nashville, Tennessee.
While serving as editor of Unconditionally Her, a women-focused magazine which provides content on anything from recipes, travel, books, and everything in between, she has a special interest in fitness, health, and well-being. She is certified by the National Commission on Health Education Credentialing (NCHEC) and was part of the first cohort to receive master's level designation. NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice. She is proud to be a CHES® and has been a public health professional for many years after receiving her graduate degree in health promotion and education from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor for many years and looks forward to re-engaging with women one-on-one as a health coach pending completion of her certification and doctoral degree to supplement her public health and academic work.

She currently is the Associate Director for Community Programs for the Center for Health and Human Services at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located just outside of Nashville, where she has been a project director of multiple grants since 2002 and served as interim director from 2015-2018. Cindy offers her consulting services and volunteer hours under the umbrella of Community Health Collaboratives, LLC which she founded in 2002 for organizations such as Unconditionally Her and other non-profit and charity organizations. She is pleased to promote empowerment and confidence of women readers across the globe, and to provide inspiration, motivation, and voice for social change through her role as editor-in-chief of Unconditionally Her.