December 6, 2021

Autumn leaves: Eisho-ji

Autumn leaves: Eisho-ji

The flaming colors of the autumn leaves, which are brightly decorating the modest sanctum of this old Buddhist nunnery, are made look more gorgeous by the greenish-blue of the copper-sheathed roof of the small temple gate.

As winter deepens, the rapid drop in temperature causes deciduous trees to stop supplying water to their leaves. In the dehydrated leaves, their chlorophyll turns into bright-color pigments. The discolored and dried leaves eventually fall to the ground in the cold winter wind. They are quickly decomposed by microorganisms and absorbed into the soil as the rich nutrients for the next spring.

The wonder and beauty of the autumnal leaves may imply the profound and hidden intent of our universe that keeps creating life on Earth everlastingly.

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