Among the Azaleas
Today (April 29th) I was out at Mimuroto-ji (Mimuroto temple) in Uji city, Kyoto prefecture to check out the Azaleas there. After our hottest day so far for the year on Tuesday (29C), we had two days of rain and in the temperatures in the low 20's, but today it was much cooler actually the maximum was about 14C. With more unseasonably cool weather (although a bit warmer than today) forecast, the Azaleas at Mimuroto-ji should last at least another couple of weeks.
The huge arrays of Azaleas must be seen in person to truly be appreciated. See if you can find the two people in this photo and it will give you an idea of the size of the Azalea hill there. While the hill is made up of the three common colours of Azaleas found in Japan (known in Japanese as "Tsutsuji"), there are many other flowers in the Rhododendron family to be found in various parts of the temple's gardens.
The previous blog (Under a Red Umbrella) contains all the transport details on how to get to Mimuroto-ji. My advice is if you're in Kyoto at the moment, get out to see it! Maybe include a visit to Byodoin and Uji Shrine, to make a day of it.
This photo was taken with a Nikon Coolpix P7100 camera. It was captured as a RAW (.NRW) file and post processed in DxO Optics Pro. I made the following adjustments: Default camera corrections applied; DxO Smart Lighting Applied; DxO ClearView Applied (at Default); PRIME noise reduction applied; Microcontrast increased; White Balanced warmed; and Vibrancy increased.