November 26, 2020

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

Autumn leaves: Engaku-ji

In the transparent sunlight of late autumn, the colored leaves of trees are brightly shining like a fleeting illusion showing the flames of life. The greenish-blue copper roof of the Butsuden (Buddhist sanctum), where the Birushana Buddha is enshrined, is accentuating these brilliant colors of leaves.

Sensing the arrival of winter by a sharp decrease in temperature and sunlight, deciduous trees cut off the supply of water to their leaves to shed them completely in preparation for bitter winter.

The chemical reaction caused by the dryness and aging of the leaves produces various blazing colors of the leaves which remind me of the radiant glow of the sun setting in the sea.

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