Last Tuesday, I took an early, morning walk to Atago shrine. I hadn't been there in a while and being out at 6 a.m. was wonderful. The air was crisp and the streets were quiet. At the foot of the stairs, I saw this beautiful flowering tree overhanging from the house above. You can see a few subtle shadows here. According to my husband, those flowers smell wonderful. He had walked to the same shrine later. My allergies were really bad so I couldn't smell them ... pout!
Once I climbed all the stairs leading to the top, I came to the main shrine at the front of the property. The shrine is surrounded by all sorts of trees. The birds were singing too! Here are some shadows from the trees on the shrine.
At this hour in the morning, nobody was around except for the gardener who was using one of those gas-powered blowers. He was clearing the dirt and stairs of fallen leaves. Thankfully, he stayed at the front and I couldn't hear him while I was at the back of the shrine. I found a nice bench to sit and enjoy the view of the city through the trees. Seeing the blue sky and sitting under all the green trees really refreshed me.
I cracked up at the site of the fire extinguisher under the ashtray. I guess a person can hold off from smoking for only so long!