July 11, 2021

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Chojyu-ji


Surprised by the pleasant fragrance drifting slowly in the air, I noticed that there were the brilliant flowers of golden‐rayed lily blooming silently in a cluster by the side of the stone steps leading up to the temple gate.

The purple and blue flowers of hydrangeas, which have passed their prime, were staying close beside the fresh white flowers of the lily, as if to tell that their role as the flowers of season will end before long.

As plants already know, soon the gray, thick clouds of the rainy season will disappear completely from the sky and the dazzling sun of summer will begin to rule this world.


Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji


As the end of the rainy season approaches, the hydrangea flowers, which have continued to change their hues and shades under the chemistry of the rain water, have reached the summit of their metamorphosis and are taking on graceful and subtle nuance of blue and red colors.

No matter how excellent an artist painter is, it must be impossible to create these mysterious colors on his palette.

Probably nobody knows why hydrangea flowers continue to vary their colors and figures in the rain. They will soon dry up and lose their splendor without allowing me to know the answer.


 

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Eisho-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Eisho-ji


A bamboo grove is one giant living organism in its entirety and its countless green stalks are coming out from a single web of underground stems.

As the sunlight and heat of summer increase gradually towards the end of the rainy season, the bamboo grove continues to grow more and more vigorously and are filling this shady garden with its gentle blaze of life force.

As if to perceive the abundant life force that is pervading this grove, the pale flames of the hydrangea flowers are burning calmly in a corner of this green garden.


Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Eisho-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Eisho-ji

 

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kaizo-ji

 

Water lily pond: Kaizo-ji

Water lily pond: Kaizo-ji

 

Natsu-tubaki (Stewartia pseudocamellia) flowers: Kaizo-ji

Natsu-tubaki (Stewartia pseudocamellia) flowers: Kaizo-ji

 

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

 

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Yamayuri (Lilium auratum) flowers: Kita-kamakura

 

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

 

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Ajisai (Hydrangea) flowers: Kita-kamakura