November 26, 2010

Autumn leaves in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

Autumn may be the most beautiful season of year because its gorgeous colors of leaves are so short-lived and its serene bright sky is so transient.

Too soon the flamboyantly colored leaves are scattered and swirled away by a bitterly cold wind.

Too soon the clear blue sky of this gentle season transforms into the thick ash-colored canopy of coldness.

A Karugamo (spotbill duck) in Byakuro-ike pond of Engaku-ji

A Karugamo duck was gently gliding away on the calm surface of Byakuro-ike (white-heron pond) on which countless fallen leaves floated.

Autumn leaves in Engaku-ji

November 24, 2010

Autumn leaves in Engaku-ji

A steep fall in temperature and a rapid decline in moisture trigger off the vivid coloring of the leaves.

Winter is just around the corner now.

Trees silently tell us about the story of the changes of the four seasons.

Autumn leaves in Engaku-ji

November 18, 2010

Autumnal tints in Tokei-ji

Autumnal tints have begun to brilliantly color the quiet gardens of Zen in Kita-kamakura.

The leaves, which have played supporting parts quietly until now, are emerging as leading roles in the flamboyant coloration of the gardens.

Soon the flaming colors of leaves will flood in and provide a splendid feast for our eyes just before chilly winter.

Autumnal tints in Engaku-ji

Tsuwabuki (Farfugium japonicum) flowers in Engaku-ji

In a sunny place, I saw a small orange butterfly settling on a vivid yellow flower of Tsuwabuki (Farfugium japonicum).

Winter is approaching surely. We have to wait until next spring to see such a butterfly fluttering about joyfully among colorful flowers.

Autumnal tints in Engaku-ji

Trees shed their leaves to survive dark and harsh winter.

The flaming autumnal colors closely resemble the brilliant blazing colors of the afterglow.

Autumnal tints in Engaku-ji

A Sazanka (Camellia sasanqua) flower in Engaku-ji

The garden of Engaku-ji

November 8, 2010

The garden of Kencho-ji

The vivid blue sky peculiar to late autumn was mirrored on the smooth surface of the pond.

Autumn leaves in Kencho-ji

Leaves are beginning to put on autumnal gorgeous tints as if to mark their ending splendidly.

Winter is creeping stealthily towards the garden of Zen.

The garden of Kencho-ji

Above the tranquil garden which has begun to take on autumnal colors, bright white clouds are drifting slowly in the deep blue sky.

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis hirta) flowers in Kaizo-ji

Manryo (Ardisia swartz) fruits in Kaizo-ji

Rindo (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri ) flowers in Kaizo-ji

Shumeigiku (Japanese anemone) flowers in Tokei-ji

Hozuki (Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii) fruits in Engaku-ji

Himetsurusoba (Persicaria capitata) in Engaku-ji

Shumeigiku (Japanese anemone) flowers in Engaku-ji

November 4, 2010

Boke (Chaenomeles speciosa) flowers in Tokei-ji

Gentle and clear colors have returned to the gardens of Zen. The soft and cool sunlight of autumn brings us the gentleness of spirit which has been long forgotten.

Soon the trees will begin to take on autumnal reds and yellows and color these quiet gardens brightly before gloomy winter arrives.

Inushouma (Cimicifuga japonica) flowers in Tokei-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis hirta) flowers in Tokei-ji

A flower devotedly and continuously blossoms and falls without any hesitation or anxiety.

In our phenomenal world, all living thing must be born, change and die without cease.

Nobudo (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata Ampelopsis) fruits in Tokei-ji

November 3, 2010

Shumeigiku (Japanese anemone) in Engaku-ji

A Sazanka (Camellia sasanqua) flower in Engaku-ji

Autumn is becoming deeper at a quick pace and winter is nearing in a subtle manner.

Sazanka flowers are beginning to blossom brilliantly to let us feel the gradual approach of bitter winter.

Maple leaves in Engaku-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis hirta) flowers in Engaku-ji

Jyugatsu-sakura (Prunus × subhirtella cv. Autumnalis) flowers in Engaku-ji

Hototogisu (Tricyrtis hirta) flowers in Engaku-ji

The garden of Engaku-ji

Senryo (Sarcandra glabra) fruits and Aki-choji (Plectranthus longitubs) flowers in Engaku-ji