November 28, 2010
November 26, 2010
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 duck was gently gliding away on the calm surface of Byakuro-ike (white-heron pond) on which countless fallen leaves floated.
November 24, 2010
November 22, 2010
November 18, 2010
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.
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.
November 8, 2010
November 4, 2010
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.