April 2, 2013

The flower of Otome-tsubaki (Camellia japonica f. otome) in Engaku-ji

It is difficult to find an intact flower of late-blooming Tsubaki because its petals fade very quickly in the warmth of spring.

Beauty fades fast. The flowers of Tsubaki bodily throw themselves down off the branches without being scattered as if to avoid being seen withering shabbily.

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