March 29, 2020
Haku-mokuren (Yulan magnolia) flowers: Engaku-ji
Earlier than usual this year, the countless flowers of this old tree have just burst into full bloom in unison to hurriedly participate in the race for pollination in spring.
The bright white flowers, which look like the sacred lotus flowers floating in the air, seem to fill the blue sky above my head and are emitting their grace and fragrance for inviting the insects and birds which help pollinate these flowers.
As soon as the pollination is completed, the snowy petals of these magnificent flowers rapidly begin to decay and to fall one after another in the mild spring breeze.