I am very lucky to live right below Shinnyodo Temple in Kyoto. There's almost always something in bloom. I took a walk around the temple grounds yesterday to enjoy the rich green of early summer.
First, I stopped by the bell tower, where there are some great ajisai (hydrangea) in bloom. They form a nice backdrop to this Kannon figure.
Next door to Shinnyodo is Kurodani Temple, which is home to Saiun-in subtemple. Saiun-in has a nice collection of lotus plants growing in front of the main hall. The lotus plant, of course, is a significant figure in Buddhism and the central mantra of Buddhism proclaims that the Buddha is the jewel in the lotus flower.
The jewel in the lotus flower:
The jewel in the lotus leaf:
Another flower in bloom at Shinnyodo: