August 15, 2012
Sacred lotus flowers in Tsurugaoka-hachimagu
In the furious sun glaring out of the clear blue sky, the majestic flowers of sacred lotus are blooming vigorously one after another as if to fully absorb the blazing heat and violent splendor of this high summer.
The pleasant and bewitching aroma emitted by these countless flowers is floating around slowly in the hot air to entice bumblebees and honeybees into the flowers.
A flower of sacred lotus opens early in the morning and closes early in the afternoon. After its cycle of blooming is repeated for three days, this flower flutters down in the slow hot wind.