A Blue Splash of Sunlight. Asagao (Morning Glory) at the Ninomaru Shiseki Teien, Matusyama, Ehime, Shikoku, Japan

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    In the Japanese art of flower arrangement, ikebana, there is usually acontrived asymmetry in the way the flowers and plants are combined. This is said to reflect the irregularities in nature itself. Such an asymmetry of arrangement was in this clutch of Morning Glories 'in the wild', as it were. Or perhaps it was this photographer, seeking or making such asymmetry, a kind of photographic ikebana...
    Whatever... This kind of Ipomoea nil (as it is called now, but not without long discussions and much controversy) is the much-beloved 'asagao' of the Japanese. Since it was imported here from China in the tenth century, it is everyone's favorite, poets', of course, but also that of children. Often they are taught the first elements of gardening from this plant.
    The European naturalist and 'observer' of Japan, Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716), doctor of the Dutch trading post at Dejima, is the first European to make note of it and its Japanese name, which he renders as 'asagawo'. I've checked Carolus Linnaeus, but though he quotes Kaempfer elsewhere, he doesn't for what he calls 'Convolvulus nil'. There's still a lot to be sorted out in the historical taxonomy of Our Blue.
    Much-beloved of poets, indeed. I can't but repeat - I know no Japanese - a little gem (found on the internet) by the great Bashô (1644-1694):

    (asagao ni
    ware wa meshi kû
    otoko kana)

    This was translated by that lover and admirer of Japan, Reginald Horace Blyth (1898-1964) as:

    'I am one
    Who eats his breakfast,
    Gazing at morning glories.'

    Whether the Lords of the Castle of Matsuyama, the Matsudairas, did so at Ninomaru - where I saw these Glorious Flowers - I don't know. But I sure would have... Just look at the way the sunlight has caught the purple-pink throats.

    Eustaquio Santimano, Mr.ShutterBug, and 35 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Snoek2009 46 months ago | reply

      Beautiful picture.

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    4. Priscor_RIP 46 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous rich blue colors!
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    5. Jakes 1944 46 months ago | reply

      Lovely colours.

    6. SerenaK. (in stand by) 46 months ago | reply

      Excellent shot... wonderful colors and light!!

    7. barbara.elaw- off and on for a few days! 46 months ago | reply

      captured in all its glory! Love the translucent colour, gorgeous details
      interesting info

    8. alphazeta 46 months ago | reply

      What a glorious colour these blooms are. Wonderful composition :-)

    9. Paprikash27 [deleted] 46 months ago | reply

      красивый цвет! прекрасное фото!

    10. DigiDi 46 months ago | reply

      These morning glories are so Beautiful. Lovely photo!
      As seen in ish@Flickr

    11. buttersweet 46 months ago | reply

      love this morning glory. always makes a statement

      I saw this floral beauty in Flickr's Fantastic Flowers (3F) [Invited Flowers Only].

    12. buttersweet 46 months ago | reply

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    15. arifaqmal 39 months ago | reply

      These flowers are really beautiful!
      Nice shot.

    16. Mike_t_by_the_sea 31 months ago | reply

      those flowers I love a lot

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