White cherry blossom

Both my wife and I have noticed that there are many cherry blossom trees blooming around Oxford this year – much more so than previously. The fact is that all these trees are very old, so it is not that they have not been around. But perhaps the fact that the flowers are blooming even more abundantly than previous years, has made them more noticeable. These come in many different sizes – small, large, white or pink. Some trees even have both pink and white flowers blooming on them.

My daughter kindly picked one of the larger white flowers for me to photograph. Hence I have put it through the Stackshot Macro rail setup to get these final stacked images.

White cherry blossum - visible
White cherry blossom – visible
White cherry blossum - UV (Baader U)
White cherry blossom – UV (Baader U)
White cherry blossum - UV (330WB60)
White cherry blossom – UV (330WB60)
White cherry blossum - UV (330AF20)
White cherry blossom – UV (330AF20)
White cherry blossum - IDS1
White cherry blossom – IDS1
White cherry blossum - IDS2e
White cherry blossom – IDS2e
White cherry blossum - UVIVF
White cherry blossom – UVIVF
White cherry blossum - UVIVF (macro)
White cherry blossom – UVIVF (macro)

I have to say that it is probably the UV-induced visible fluorescence (UVIVF) which is the most interesting.

Boon

Equipment used: Olympus EM-5, Coastal Optics 60mm F4, Baader U filter, Baader UV-IR cut filter, IDS1 & 2e filters, 330WB60 & 330AF20 filters, Quantum X2D flash, Nightsearcher UV torches, Stackshot