Althea (althaea), rose of Sharon.

Althaea, Rose of Sharon, Shrub Althaea

Though althea and hibiscus belong to the same department,
I feel quite different impression in them.
Hibiscus makes me imagine the passionate beauty of the south,
and althea makes me imagine the cool beauty
of a Japanese woman who dressed up in the summer kimono.
The life of this flower finishes in a day.
It shows the beauty for a short time,
and it looks like quietly gazing the coming autumn.

took on September 12 2006
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