July 11, 2024

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondiodes) flowers: Kita-kamakura

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondiodes) flowers: Kita-kamakura

I never know why every flower is so extravagantly beautiful. If they were simply the plant organs for reproduction, they would not need to be so diverse and beautiful.

At times I imagine that some transcendental being, that had designed this earth's ecosystem and organisms long, long ago, created these exquisite flowers for her enjoyment like a sacred horticulturist.

The star-shaped violet flowers of the Iwatabako are blooming on the mossy rocky surfaces in the shade as if to let us know the secret arrival of the long-awaited spring in Kita-kamakura.

These small (1-2 cm in diameter) and fragile flowers symbolize the quiet and contemplative atmosphere of Kita-kamakura which may be filled with the tranquil spirituality of the old Zen temples.

They seem to bloom and fade away without any hesitation, while having nothing to do with the clamors and poisons of our earthy world.


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