Ohara Koson 小原 古邨 (1877-1945) is known for his paintings of nature, mainly birds and flowers. This is a woodblock print of a lovely bluebird sitting on a branch of a magnolia tree in full bloom. I like the way he painted both the flower and the bird. The picture has an atmosphere of spring and gives hope for a prospering future. The Japanese word for magnolia is honoki 朴の木 . It symbolizes the love of nature. It is also a medicinal plant and therefore stands for health and healing.