July 2, 2017

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Like the transient twinkles of dewdrops in the clear morning sun, flowers bloom fleetingly and soon fall without any attachment.

The true nature of a flower, which always impresses me profoundly, consists of this transience.

A flower vanishes like a bubble on the water, which makes me notice the meaning of existence and the preciousness of non-attachment.

Every living thing is destined to occur and pass like the momentary haze of heated air.

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Tokei-ji

Iwa-tabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Engaku-ji

The exquisite colors of Ajisai flowers are generated and changed by the subtle chemistry between the abundant water of rain and the violet pigments of these flowers.

In our Buddhist culture, every flower implies the merciful words of Buddha which save the suffering soul of every living thing.

The rainy season ends soon and the long blistering summer arrives here to brighten up our world vividly.

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Ajisai (Japanese hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla) : Engaku-ji

Ayame (Iris sanguinea) flowers: Tokei-ji

Gaku-ajisai (Hydrangea macrophylla): Jochi-ji

June 16, 2017

Waterlily flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)

In the mild sunlight of early afternoon, the dainty flowers of waterlily have already awaked from their sleep and are in bloom gently on the quiet surface of the pond.

Until its short life ends, a waterlily flower opens in the bright morning sun and closes in the dim light of late afternoon.

Like a beautiful illusion of life, every flower blooms dedicatedly and too soon vanishes away secretly before our eyes.

(In homage to Claude Monet) 

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Just before the long rainy season, the moist air of June causes the violet tiny flowers of Iwa-tabako to bloom with one accord.

Like innocent flower sprites in the shady grove, these fragile pentagram flowers appear from the shadow of the thick green leaves which cling on the moss-covered rock surfaces.

They bloom earnestly to carry out their noble mission of life and then quickly fall to the ground with no regrets.

Bamboo grove: Eisho-ji

The firm and solid vital force of Bamboo makes me sense the quiet and evergreen beauty of life.

It continues to grow single-mindedly with its unshakable resolution.

Shaku-yaku (Paeonia lactiflora) flowers: Ofuna botanical garden (Kamakura)