Autumn has crept in through gradual cooling and changing.
After various subtle signs of autumn since late August.
full blooming cosmos flowers here and there tell me, "It's autumn at last!"
Cosmos is written 秋桜 meaning "autumn sakura/cherry blossoms".
The waving shades of cherry pink in the breeze means full arrival of autumn to me.
In the morning of one hot summer-like day in mid-October, my husband parked our car
at the roadside along the cosmos fields in Yagyu Village, the outskirt of Nara City.
I think we were there 10 years ago, too, though the scale was much smaller this year.
We stopped by Hannya-ji Temple on our way back from Yagyu.
Hannna-ji Temple is called "Cosmos Temple" for its autumn cosmoses
and many other flowers attract people from season to season.
It was so hot and the mid-day sunlight was dazzling different from
the crisp air and blue autumnal skies of the time when I visited in 2017,
There were artistic display of cosmos flowers like that of hydrangeas and
summer cosmoses in June this year.
I like bokeh in photography. Especially light bokeh is fantastic!
Have you known that the etymology of bokeh is Japanese word
"惚け/boke (noun)" meaning "being blur or senile"?
I'd like to think clearly and take care of myself as long as possible.
I wonder how I can "bokeru (verb)" gracefully without causing troubles.
In one late afternoon, I was at the cosmos fields around the Hoki-ji Temple, Ikaruga.
It was mostly overcast, not with the colorful sunset like Cosmos fields before sunset
or like the blessing of blue skies like Earth laughs in cosmos flowers at Ikaruga.
Three-storied Pagoda (National Treasure) and the cosmos flowers in the fallow paddies surrounding it.
Regardless of the weather, the wispy flowers always look dreamy.
The next day, temperature dropped by 10 degrees
terminating the persistent abnormal heat of October.
Autumn has accelerated to progress toward the final blaze of lives of leaves.
Linked to Mosaic Monday