August 25, 2010

A bamboo grove in Jochi-ji

The bright greenness of a bamboo grove struck my eyes at the height of a hot summer day.

The rampant force of bamboo, which thirstily and silently absorbs the ruthless burning sunlight of midsummer to flourish, filled me with deep feelings of awe.

A spider web in the garden of Jochi-ji

I saw a silk spider quietly spinning an elaborate and beautiful web in a secluded corner of the garden.

Summer is the best season for insects.

They live and die wholeheartedly and joyfully in the blazing sun to achieve their own destinies.

A Fuyo (Hibiscus mutabilis) flower in Engaku-ji

Stepping stones in Engaku-ji

Murasaki-shikibu (Callicarpa japonica)flowers in Engaku-ji

The sunset of Yuiga-hama beach

As the beach once again takes on its ordinary calmness after bustling sea bathers left all together, the dazzling glow of sunset characteristic of high summer appears step by step in the evening sky.

A Shaka-nyorai statue in Tokei-ji

The shadows of summer leaves in Tokei-ji

The intense ray of sun passing through the intertwined branches of trees cast the sharp dark shadows of summer leaves on the ground.

Shukaido (Hardy begonia) flowers in Tokei-ji

I found the small vermilion flowers of Shukaido peacefully nestling close to the tiny stone image of Buddha in the deep shade of a tree.

Asagao (morning glory) flowers in Tokei-ji

The summer leaves of Sakura in Tokei-ji

A garden gate in Tokei-ji

Sarusuberi (Lagerstroemia indica) flowers in Tokei-ji