March's Flower is the Nanohana
As the weather gets warmer more flowers start to bloom, so there were a few candidates for this month's flower including the peach blossom and the magnolia. In the end I opted for the humble Nanohana (also known as "rapeseed" or "canola") because of the yellow fields full of them during March (it's used to replace nutrients in the rice fields before the rice plantings in May). It is also used as a food: My favourite is tempura Nanohana.
If you have a chance to visit some of the more rural parts of Kyoto during March look for fields of these flowers. Perhaps try photographing some Nanohana with traditional buildings in the background. Or maybe you might find some Nanohana in an arrangement at a temple or a shrine. I'll also challenge myself this year to get some better shots of this beautiful flower which heralds the arrival of the warmer spring weather.
This photo was taken in a medium sized rice field on the outskirts of Nagaokakyo city in Kyoto prefecture. It was taken with a Nikon D80 camera and a Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens.