December 4, 2012

Autumn leaves in the garden of Tenryu-ji (Kyoto)

The flamboyant autumnal tints are mirrored brilliantly in the gently rippled surface of the pond.

I know this lavish abundance of flaming colors is sure to fade away soon in the cold north wind as the bitter winter deepens . Precisely for this reason, I sincerely admire this transient beauty of autumn leaves.

Before long, the first snow of the season will flutter down to grace this quiet garden, where these splendid colors will have vanished without a trace.

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