Yong Hee Kim had already been photographing cherry blossoms before we asked him to capture the extraordinary collection of cherry trees (Prunus) in New Jersey’s Essex County Branch Brook Park, the flagship of America’s first county park system. Kim, who recently exhibited room-size color prints of his tree images at Manhattan’s Michael Mazzeo Gallery, had even photographed the blooms in black-and-white with flash, as if to test their acknowledged beauty. The gallery show was on display for precisely seven days, the length of time cherry trees usually cling to blossoms before depositing them in a pink carpet on the ground. For this assignment, also timed to the trees’ brief April blooming, Kim couldn’t resist the blossoms’ extraordinary pink hue. The color images he made at Branch Brook Park are hardly literal representations, though; many are of abstract networks of branches exploding with flowers.