November 7, 2017

Aka-tateha (Vanessa indica) butterfly: Kaizo-ji

In the tranquil garden of this humble temple, the beginning of autumn has already caused the light violet flowers of Sion to come into full bloom.

In the lucid sunlight pouring down through the high clouds, these abundant flowers are magnificently shining to compose the momentary splendor of this transient season.

A vivid orange butterfly of autumn has flown away swiftly into the air after alighting on a flower for an instant.

Sion (Michaelmas daisy) flowers: Kaizo-ji

A fitful north wind is gently stirring the leaves which have just begun to change colors.

Autumn is deepening earlier than I expected.

The full-blown flowers of Sion are slowly swaying in the dry cooling wind as if to convey the joy and emotion of their brief and glorious blooming.

Rindo (Gentiana scabra var. buergeri) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Sion (Michaelmas daisy) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Kinmokusei (fragrant olive) flowers: Engaku-ji

Shuumei-giku (Japanese anemone) flowers: Engaku-ji

Hagi (Japanese bush clover) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Hototogisu (Japanese toad lily) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Shumei-giku (Anemone japonica) flowers: Engaku-ji

Susuki (Japanese plume grass): Kita-kamakura