Hot days are still lasting around here. But tsukutsukuboshi-cicadas start chirping instead of large brown cicadas were chirping in high summer.
I went to find flowers blooming now at a botanical garden in Nara .
Passion flowers were blooming there. I've never seen them . According to wikipedia, missionaries of Society of Jesus believed that this is "the flower on the cross". As a ovary of the flower is a cross, pistil divided into three on the top is nails, five petals and calyxes are ten apostles.
But we Japanese compare it to a clock. The construction of the flower make us imagine a dial of a clock. We call it "Tokei-So"( Tokei means clock and So means plant.) A passion fruit is a fruit of a passion flower.
What time is it now?
These flowers were blooming in the botanical garden. But I don't know those names. Sorry!
A flower, kind of gourd
I stopped at beach "Nishiki-no-hama" on my way to the airport. The freeway to the airport was running along the beach. Once it's a large white sand beach and many beautiful pinewood spread around there. When I was a child I have swum there. But Kansai International Airport was built off the shore and a freeway to approach to Osaka city( the second big city in Japan),too. So visitors are bathing, watching the arrival and departure of planes.
Some groups of student were enjoying the end of their summer holiday, having a barbecue, playing volleyball or bathing etc.
A plane is going to touch down at the Kansai International Airport where was built in the man-made island off the beach in the Osaka bay.
We watch the shining roof of the airport over shimmering sea and a bridge between the island and the mainland. Also planes are staying on the ground of the airport over the bridge. Can you see some planes with red tail?
I walked around paddy fields, thinking how much have rice grown now. White rice flowers were blooming early in the morning. So the field will change from green to gold in Autumn. I like new rice so much.
Ears of rice appear and small white flowers bloom for brief. They were shining in the morning sun.
My camera caught white thing in a grain( the second grain from the top). This is already rice,I wonder? or.....
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