June 16, 2017

Waterlily flowers: Ohuna 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


Bamboo grove: Eisho-ji


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

Rose garden: Ohuna botanical garden (Kamakura)


Bamboo grove: Eisho-ji


Kaiu (Zantedeschia) flowers: Kaizo-ji


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


Iwagarami (Schizophragma hydrangeoides) flowers: Tokei-ji



Rose garden: Ohuna botanical garden (Kamakura)


Ivy leaves: Kita-kamakura


Maple tree: Tokei-ji


May 21, 2017

Shaga (Iris japonica) flowers: Cyojyu-ji



A flower chases the sun to shine radiantly for its best fertility.

In the bright warm sun, I sense that every green plant is swaying lightly in an absolute ecstasy of joy.

As one of the treasured embodiments of spring, the exquisite flowers of Shaga are reigning over the gardens of Kita-kamakura with their brilliant silvery whiteness.

Soon they disappear in one breath, and then the highest moment of spring will come here.

Kakitubata (Iris laevigata) flowers: Kaizo-ji



The green sword-shaped leaves and dainty violet flowers of Kakitubata are reflecting themselves in the calm pond.

In the quiet passage of spring, the precious glimpses of life are revealed to me inconspicuously in this way.


Haku-un-boku (Styrax obassia) flowers: Jochi-ji



After a long time, this year is a very good year for the flowers of Haku-un-boku (white cloud tree).

The numberless clusters of white flowers are hanging down from the branches on which the fresh green leaves are trembling in the breeze.

These pure white flowers bloom and fall one after another like the white clouds fleeting away swiftly in the bright spring sky.