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Red to believe.

A Japanese Fishing Cormorant.

Spider lily red. Not of the castle, nor of the village.

力を振りかざすのでもなく、それにひれ伏すのでもない赤。おかえりなさい。

A Swallowtail butterfly on a spider lily blossom.

Welcoming back the muse for my current project “Spider Lily Red”. Update on that next.

Cicada body in detail in solarized edit.

Once a friend told me; Cicada is a symbol of rebirth.
Photographed macro on August 2014, edited with VSCO Cam circa June 2017, and posted originally on VSCO May 29, 2019.
For this post I used the approximate edited date as the published date so as to form a cohesive narrative altogether.

For a few years I experimented lots using VSCO app. including this “solarization” psychedelia edit, was fun and helpful, thanks!!
Published on February 21, 2021.

Honey indeed.

Red spiderlilies and a black butterfly.

(Jizou: a Buddhist rock statue, its humble presence usually found on roadside, in a corner of a temple, as a requiem for departed, an aid for suffering.)

Red spider lilies and a rock statue.

Best jizous I’ve ever seen live in my neighborhood. Their stone-made presence weighs of the spirit. I sit and ponder on their shrine’s faded wooden verandah. So lucky, ain’t I. Then I glance over, their expression exudes. Surely honey, indeed, and that is quite so with everybody. Lucky, everyone, in ways no one else can know.

Carved, most probably by a monk on pilgrimage, he won it within himself, to let it speak through the simplest of lines. You ought to know simple is hard, creativity brutal, what you got inside, turns up regardless. That’s quite alright they say, they are the best jizous I’ve ever seen.

Red of the lilies around them somehow look the deepest. Someone who knew, once stood here. I think of the monk, the time he lived long since past, chiseling in bold, determined strikes, what he conveyed a timeless truth. Walking back to my car I find, in a bouquet of my favorite lilies, a glimpse of my own lucky bouncing in my arms.

Red spider lilies and Jizou rock statues.
Red spider lilies and a coffee cup.

All photos were taken on last Sunday of September 2016, at a location, best remain undisclosed, where I regularly raise a cup to our individual luckies.

Red spiderlilies and a mini frog.

Lily Overload (and a few images from random Autumn scenes).

Just wanted to see how a longish title would look.

As a research for my upcoming dye piece, I’ve been taking way too many photos of spider lily blossoms. Through this practice ideas seem to emerge. Well, they better.
Here I picked the best of, all taken just recently.

Silver grasses by the sea.
A Jizou rock statue.
A grasshopper on spider lily buds.
Red spider lily blossoms.
A flowering spider lily bud.
Sun-lit silver grasses.

つい先日一般道で新潟まで出かける機会があった。太平洋側はそこらじゅうで満開だった彼岸花だが、那須高原を越え新潟までの道程ではほとんど見かけなかったのが不思議といえば不思議。育たないのか、育てたくないのか。
それにしても南会津の星空は迫力があった。ここの住人にはこれがあたりまえなのか。地球みたいな星がこのなかにどれだけあるのか、自分みたいな奴がたったいまどこかで同じような事を考えているのか。
こんなに疑問ばかり並べていないで早く寝た方がいいのではないか。

最後の一つだけ答えがわかりました。

追記 on 2020年11月29日:
彼岸花は真冬にすらりと洗練された深緑の葉っぱを生やして日光を独り占めするのです。だから雪の積もるエリアではあかんのでしょう。
ああもうなんてかっこいいんだろう、完全脱帽状態です、惚れ直しました。

Last Edited: November 29, 2020.