Transient beauty - autumn leaves on a flowering cherry tree

Soft golden-pink autumn leaves dangling in the early autumn sunshine - a flowering cherry in the Botanic Gardens, again in fine display.   Cherry blossom is celebrated for its transient beauty.  The beauty of the autumn colour is also a fleeting pleasure, and a reminder of impermanence.

When the leaves are blown by gentle winds, the fluttering colour reminds me of images of prayer flags in the Himalayas.  Perhaps it is a rather fanciful notion, but I enjoy the idea of them blessing us and the ground they land on.