Three Young Roosters

These three young roosters are as colorful as the flowers around them. Young roosters spend most of their time together. They remind me of teenage boys who hang out together, too timid to ask girls out for a date, too insecure to be on their own. Roosters don’t come into their own until they are nearly a year old. Until they do, they seek each other’s company.

Roosters come in so many colors, I wonder if they look at each other and think, “I wish I had his feathers.”


The Stewartia is still blooming. Their flowers are refreshing on a soft summer evening.


After a Morning Shower

The Stewartia 夏椿 is opening its flowers this dewy morning. This is a tree that is beautiful year round. In the fall, the leaves are a dazzling red. In the winter, the silvery bark stands out.


The Styrax (Snowbell) エゴノキ is also opening up its fragrant flowers.


And the Iris are always spectacular, especially covered with drops of rain. It’s a great morning to do chores like scooping duckweed out of the pond for the chickens, planting beans and corn, weeding, and just being outdoors.