August 4, 2012

A sacred lotus flower in Tsurugaoka-hachimangu

It is a heartfelt joy to meet again the spectacular and silky flowers of sacred lotus in the dazzling sunlight of a August morning.

These impressive flowers stand up straight quietly above the large bluish-green leaves covering the water surface of the pond.

The rich and enticing aroma given off by the flowers fill the pond garden, which is full of the bright light of high summer and the lively singing of cicadas.

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