Back in my Japan trip, I took a detour into a small and tucked-away shrine in the western district of Arashiyama in Kyoto. And was I glad to have been there. In its tiny confines was a whole universe of verdant greenery, abundantly expressed through various species of moss. Layers of it hugged the ground, creating a symphony of texture and life.

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Amidst these little wonders, I felt the joy of photography, feeling as I if I had a private audience with nature’s tiny secret miracles.

Photos were taken September 2015 on a well-loved and much-battered Canon EOS 550D.