I came across fluid art on water created with fallen leaves and
reflections of trees with sprouting leaves at Sansha-ike Pond, Kasugano-enchi, Nara Park.
What do you think these colored leaves are?
They are old leaves shedded from Camphor trees.
The evergreen Camphor trees have yellowish, reddish, and green leaves
in early spring.
Camphor trees shed old reddish leaves to grow new leaves.
Baby leaves are also red with purplish hue which turn quickly to fresh green.
The fallen leaves were gathering around a real branch of some tree
which was spreading low on water.
The branch looked like a fall tree on water canvas.
Carp joined the art show.
Camphor tree, "楠or樟 Kusunoki”, is native to China and Japan.
It is loved for its sprawling form on massive bark, thick and contorted branches,
and grossy evergreen leaves.
Camphor tree has spritual and cultural importance in Japan.
In Japanese folklore and Shinto (nature worship) tradition, massive aged trees
can be a home to divine spirit.
"Totoro", a guardian of forest only visible to children, lives in a gigantic camphor tree.
The tree below is so large but no comparison with the one where Totoro lives.
One week later at the grove of Kasuga, a gigantic camphor tree had splash of mauve color.
Wisteria was blooming on the tips of veins which coiled up the tree.
Wisteria came into bloom much earlier than usual.
Their clusters were getting longer and longer.
Cultivated Wisteria at Kasuga Grand Shrine
In late April, small white flowers of Camphor tree bloom imcomspicuously but profusely.
They mingle with the fresh green leaves and contrast to the massive dark bark.
Bottom right; buds of Camphor flowers
My grandson Y turned 9 today. Happy Birthday!
He's gotten more focused, diligent, and skillful on "what he likes".
He loves soccer as well as painting and is sometimes earnest in practicing
I enjoy watching over how he grows a seed within him in each season of his life.
Left top; Inu-washi, Aquila chrysaetos, Golden eagle
Linked to Mosaic Monday