The color of the pond changes fantastically from second to second. It is the color of the surface-covering aqua plants, reflected nature of the season, and the sky. On a sunny day, sunlight sparkles on the pond.
At the end of April, the water of the Hase-ike Pond at Kobe Municipal Arboretum looked lavendar to pink color.
There were numerous soft purple lily pads in the pond.
|The tiny red things on the branch are maple flowers.|
Then, I spotted glinting pink things in the water which looked like fallen cherry blossoms, but I knew there were no cherry trees around the pond.
I was captivated by the magical world of the glinting baby pads.
According to the staff of the forest, newly born floating leaves of the aqua plants of the pond are tinted with red or purple color and becomes green till June.
Baby pads of these colors are so special to this season. So was the clarinet live I happened to enjoy. The tune mingled with the breeze over the pond....
... and maybe soaked into the pond?
Though maple flowers are small individually, the effect of an entire tree in flower can be striking in several species. See the photos below.
|オオモミジ, Acer palmatum var. amoenum|
Wish you a wonderful May!
Enjoy beauty and wonder that is all around.
My daughter and her baby boy born on May 1st are leaving hospital
and staying with us for a while. I'll visit you slowly.