September 28, 2021

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach


Without my noticing, the sky has become filled with countless shredded clouds. The slowly sinking sun is casting the gradations of vermilion glow and gradually dyeing the sea, the sky and the clouds with its remaining fire.

Clouds always appear from out of nowhere in the sky and float away on the wind. Like having their own souls, they constantly change their shapes and, then, suddenly disappear into thin air.

The dusky night has just begun to descend in the sky, and the soft brilliance of the evening sea continues fading out moment by moment.


Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach


As the sun sinks into the sea, the gradually fading sunlight illuminates the sky and the sea with a variety of subtle colors and shades.

The intense sunshine of summer weakens, and the crisp atmosphere of autumn gradually takes over. The decrease in air moisture brings the transparency of the sky and makes the sunset glow shine more vividly on the western horizon.

Before sundown, the cool sea breeze keeps blowing gently as if to murmur that autumn evening has just returned now.


Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach


The sun has already sunk beyond the cape, and the golden afterglow is spreading through the gaps between the dark low clouds covering up the sky.

Although the thick lower layers of clouds have lost their brightness and have turned into dark blue, the upper layers of the torn clouds are still shining softly with the few remaining light emitted by the setting sun.

The calm waves are unceasingly washing the sands to make them sparkle dimly in the deepening dusk of the evening.


Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

 

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

Before sundown: Zaimokuza-beach

 

Hagi (Lespedeza) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Hagi (Lespedeza) flowers: Kaizo-ji

 

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Engaku-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Engaku-ji

 

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Engaku-ji

Higanbana (Lycoris radiata) flowers: Engaku-ji


Tama-ajisai (Hydrangea involucrata) flowers: Jochi-ji

Tama-ajisai (Hydrangea involucrata) flowers: Jochi-ji

 

Bamboo: Jochi-ji

Bamboo: Jochi-ji

 

Tsumagurohyomon (Argyreus hyperbius) butterfly (female): Kaizo-ji

Tsumagurohyomon (Argyreus hyperbius) butterfly (female): Kaizo-ji

 

Hagi (Lespedeza) flowers ; Kita-kamakura

Hagi (Lespedeza); Kita-kamakura

 

Skipper butterfly: Kita-kamakura

Skipper butterfly: Kita-kamakura

 

Takanoha-susuki (zebra grass): Jochi-ji

Takanoha-susuki (zebra grass): Jochi-ji

 

September 12, 2021

Sunset in blue: Morito-beach (Hayama)

Sunset in blue: Morito-beach (Hayama)


The soft vermilion light that the setting sun emits is increasingly blending with the blue-gray of the floating cumulus clouds to create the ever-changing violet sky above the tranquil evening sea.

The tender brilliance of the sky is reflected on the silvery surface of the finely rippled sea. 

Although the sun is gently sinking beyond the sea and the night is closing in gradually, the people on the beach are still staying here to cherish the glow of embers of this summer day.


Sunset in blue: Morito-beach (Hayama)

Sunset in blue: Morito-beach (Hayama)


The sun is gradually sinking beyond the distant horizon. Illuminated by the remaining flames of the setting sun, the wavy flakes of altocumulus clouds are shining brightly in the dark blue sky like the countless tufts of silvery-white feathers of the mythical bird which lives in the sky.

The ever-changing radiance of the sun is beautifully coloring this serene seascape to reveal one of the most stunning spectacles of this watery planet for a brief moment before sundown.