July 24, 2012
The luxuriant green foliage of the bamboo grove is glistening with joy in the bright sun of early summer.
The subtle gradation and tonality of the greenness are drawing an exquisite miniature painting of life with the help of the mild breeze and dazzling sunlight of this shiny season.
In our culture, bamboo is considered as one of the most auspicious plants because it has vigorous vital force and grows rapidly and upright with abundant vivid leaves.
The flowers of Ajisai change their colors beautifully as time goes by.
When these flowers bloom freshly, they are greenish-yellow due to the rich chlorophyll contained in them.
With the passage of time, this chlorophyll continues to be decomposed and blue or red pigments such as anthocyanin are synthesized in the flowers to progressively color them blue or red.
Approaching the end of the flowers, they become tinged with red increasingly because of the organic acid resulting from their aging.
I saw an infant praying mantis staying calmly on the flowers of Ajisai which were already past their prime time.
A praying mantis is a typical insect of summer.
This infant insect will pass through life in the burning sun of midsummer.
The blue and white flowers of Gaku-ajisai are blooming modestly by the small pond in this peaceful garden.
By the presence of the forbidden stone-bridge arching over the pond, the tranquil beauty and subtle meaning of this old garden are deepened still more.