Put in at the final hour...
I use Lightroom, and it was mainly the DOF when taking the pic, but a little bit of 'soften skin' reducing the clarity at the back as well, along with lighting the vignette.
I actually took the blossom picture a couple of days before the new topic was announced, so was keeping a low profile on this one - but the inspiration and want is not overly there at the moment.
Hoping everyone is ok.
No 2 for me too. Although there is more in the background of #2 it is less distracting than #1 for me (maybe it is the simplicity of #1). They both work for the theme though and are both lovely images.
It does look like flowering cherry ( no fruit)
and its the right time of the year.
If it is, It won't be long before it drops 1000's of blossoms all over the place...
There used to be dozens of them down my street.
They were planted when the houses were built.
Over the years people get fed up with the whole street ( and cars) turning ( off) pink and slowly they got cut down.