September 20, 2010
A Kicho (yellow butterfly) is busily and brightly flitting around the vivid magenta flowers of Miyagino-hagi (Lespedeza thunbergii) to earnestly seek sweet floral nectar.
Flowers bloom and butterflies fly to visit flowers.
The garden of zen is the beautiful microcosm of life. In this minute cosmos, various kinds of small living things intently and cyclicly live and die according to the secret law of the universe without knowing it.
The flower of Miyagino-hagi (Lespedeza thunbergii) is one of the notable flowers which indicate the arrival of autumn in the gardens of Kita-kamakura.
This tiny butterfly of summer was devotedly flying around brilliant Miyagino-hagi flowers in a hurried manner as if to know its destiny.
I saw the scarlet leaves of Hazenoki (Rhus succedanea L.) beautifully lying on the blue-green leaf of sacred lotus.
Summer is going far away and autumn is arriving here finally.
It seemed to me that the amazing and unexpected combination of these colorful leaves finely represented the seasonal turning period from summer to autumn.
A small Hojyaku (Macroglossum stellatarum) moth was hovering over the flowers of Nohara-azami buzzing its wings loudly.
September 6, 2010
The golden yellow spikes of Enokorogusa, which means dogtail-grass, are swaying to the soft breeze in the brilliant sunlight of early autumn.
Although these spikes usually herald the advent of pleasant autumn, the intense heat is still remaining behind persistently without knowing the end of late summer.
Soon the seasons turns as always and crisp autumn arrives once more at the gardens of zen to bring elegant and delicate beauties peculiar to this harvest season.
I found an impressive male "Oo-shiokaratonbo" dragonfly fearlessly and quietly staying on the stem of a sacred lotus flower.
It seemed to me that the lapis lazuli blue of this dragonfly exceeded in beauty even the cloudless brilliant blue of the burning summer sky of that afternoon.
Byakusin trees are planted as the symbol for the spiritual cultivation of Zen Buddhism in the gardens of Zen temples.
This old tree is one of the Byakusin trees which have grown up from the seeds planted when this Kencho-ji temple was founded in 1253.
The vigorous twisted trunk and the evergreen needles of this tree symbolize the principle of a zen trainee monk who persistently continues to improve themselves for achieving spiritual enlightenment.
Bodhidharma is the legendary Zen master who is believed to be the founder of the Zen sect.
This statue was previously placed in front of the Zen lecture hall (Hatto) and was moved to this location.
The green bamboo grove and the clear blue sky of summer remarkably suited this radiant image of Bodhidharma.
I saw a vivid yellow butterfly absorbedly drinking the floral nectar of small violet flowers in the bright light of summer.
It will not be long before autumn arrives secretly and these lively butterflies disappear from view inconspicuously.
The dazzling light of summer is brilliantly illuminating the fresh leaves of maple in the shady grove of this garden.
About three months from now, these bright green leaves will change color and decorate this garden richly with their flaming autumnal colors.