Monday, January 19, 2015

Camellia Sasanquas and Deer

At the north end of the garden of Nara New Public Hall, many Camellia Sasanquas are planted
 lining up along the bamboo hedges.

On a snow day in February last year, I took pictures of Sasanqua flowers peeping through the bamboo hedges
 or looking up at the overhanging branches because the garden was closed.

Last week, the garden was open to the public. 
I opened the back gate to enter. 

Flowers were abundant on the branches while petals covered the ground. 
I was so happy: I was in the right place at the right time .

Deer are not grazing petals but grasses. 
Though they eat the petals of cheery blossoms, they don’t eat those of Camellias.

Sasanquas start flowering when autumn foliage is almost over and last till February,
giving lovely colors and radiance in the shivering cold.

Deer can roam freely in Nara Park. 
They appear in the residential area or even in downtown.  
But deer are kept off Japanese Gardens.

So I included double exposure images, which I tried for the first time, 
from my wishful thinking to take pictures of deer with blooming Camellia Sasanquas.

Two species of camellias are popular in Japan; one is Camellia Sasanqua and the other is Camellia Japonica. 
The former is autumn-blooming (late autumn to winter), the latter spring-blooming (late winter to spring).  

This post is linked to Our World Tuesday.


  1. Beautiful flowers and wonderful looks pink carpet of petals on the ground. Regards.

  2. Kamelia är en underbart vacker blomma. den är svår att odla hos oss måste förvaras inne den kalla perioden men helst inte i våra lägenheter utan lite svalt och ljust. Det har jag ingen möjlighet till. Kanske när min kolonis hus blir färdiga.
    Det är en vacker syn att se de stora kameliorna blomma. Vackra bilder och roligt med hjorten på samma bild.
    Ha det så gott i veckan
    Kram Meta

  3. all those petals are just beautiful! the deer are, too, of course!

  4. I really like the pink colors that are spread throughout the images.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  5. Right place, right time sounds perfect! I like the camellia bloom for its sturdy leaves, colorful flowers and ability to grow in shady spots of a garden. The plant is fortunate not to be a favorite snack for deer as it can thrive longer I presume. The overlapping photos remind me of holograms of deer amid the pretty flowers!

  6. First time I've seen so many camellias.
    They are gorgeous.
    Leaves camellias are very healthy, disinfectants.
    I can see that it is a delicacy of deer.
    I am delighted with your photos.
    They are excellent.
    Greetings from Polish.

  7. How very pretty the deep pink Camellias are, giving a double dose of colour by carpeting the ground pink too. I am admiring your double exposure images which is something that my camera cannot do.

  8. It looks much more like summer than winter time, Yoko.
    Great to see your colourful camelia blossoms instead of rain, snow, ice or - mostly - grey sky! ;-)
    But with a little luck I can enjoy +30°C outside temperature soon in January on a short business trip to... ???
    Let's wait and see.
    Regards from wintery Germany,

  9. The flowers are lovely and you did a great job with your edits!

  10. What exquisite flowers and deer shots.

  11. the camelias are beautiful. i can never grow it.

  12. Camellias are awesome! we have them here too - they tend to flower over winter/spring

  13. Dear Yoko,

    these pictures are gorgeous and the Sansaquas look fantastic!

    I didn't know abou this species yet and I have to thank you for sharing this post and pics, because I always wanted a Camellia in my (kind of Japanese) garden but the gardener told me Camellia Japonica wouldn't last the winter here in Europe. If I understand you well, Sansaqua is a winter flower, so maybe this is the alternative for me! Thanks so much!

    Have a nice day,

  14. So lovley - the flowers and the deer. Great shots.

  15. I love the flowers and the double exposures you made with them. Very creative.

  16. Beautiful camelias !!! Gorgeous pictures !!!!
    Have a great day !

  17. hello Stardust,

    these are so lovely
    such sweet and delicate
    colorful images
    against my snowy wintry realm
    thank you ~

  18. Hello dear Yoko! Thank you for your lovely and sensitive words on my blog. My birthday was on the 3rd day of the year :)
    Wonderful camellias and sweet deers! I love both! I always love the sensibility of your photos. In north of Portugal there are many camellias I love the ones that have two colors, white and pink.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft

  19. 2重撮りは幻想的な効果が出ていますね。 詩のような語り方が写真と良く合って麗しいと思います。毎日なんだかと忙しくて、写真の勉強もおろそかになるこのところ、美しい写真を見ると励みになります。 奈良は寒いですか? 体に気をつけてお暮しください。

  20. Woooow, Yoko, how nice and wonderful virtual place! The photos are fantastic and it is the whole pleasure to see so distant places of your country wherefrom I am. Nara Park is a great surprise for me and all this quantity of camellias one real marvel. They look delicates but, at the same time, their image transmits energy and beauty.
    I've seen your comment in the blog "El bosque de Trimbolera" and I have encouraged to there offer you the translation of the poem of this song which words you don't understand but that you have liked. If you want to listen it once again knowing just about what it says, here you have it:

  21. Oh Wow! This is such a stunning post!
    Yoko, I'm really glad to see you back because I visited you around Christmas and I could not leave a comment for some strange reason. I hope you are well and are having a good New Year so far!
    Those pink flowers are so vibrant and I love the deer in your photos. Gorgeous!
    Warmest wishes,

  22. Camellias of any stripe are beautiful...and again, your photos show them off in all their glory. I'm also impressed by your artistic flair - the fading of photos together. Well done.

    Hope that all is well. Thank you for your kind comment on Ocala. I think you'd like the HITS show. We took our Japanese friend with us when we went to visit there. She's very lonely after losing her husband and enjoyed it very much!

    Best wishes to you and yours!

  23. Greetings Tomoko, You've brought vivid pink to my snowy landscape! How lucky you are to have these flowering Camellias in winter. Your dreamy double exposures finally allow the deer to roam amid pink blooms. They look like ghost deer bringing a blessing to the garden.

  24. Whoops, My mind was on Tomoko this morning. Excuse my blunder, Yoko!

  25. I think the photos of camellia and deer are rather atmospheric. I always like camellias because they blossom when the weather is terrible. They seem like a glimpse of summer.

  26. こんばんは。とても美しくて癒されます。 特に寒い日には、素敵です。 最近、奈良のブロガーお方はお休みが多いので、御無沙汰していました。  サザンカとツバキ、最近は雑種が多いので、どちらだか分からない花も多くて困ります。


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