Japanese Garden: Leaves

The Fall colors were just starting in the Japanese Garden and the rest of the Meijer Gardens. Here are some leaf images that caught my eye.
with holes
large rainbow
caught
drop
sun and shadow

Japanese Garden: Lotus Plant

In Japanese gardens the lotus plant is often included in the water element(s). It is a symbol of purity of body, speech, and mind. The spent flower leaves a pod that is occasionally used in dried flower arrangements. The walkway from the previous post offered an unusual vantage point for these images of pads, flowers, and pods.

pads
pad
bloom
flower
spent
spent trio

Japanese Garden: Reflections

The Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan includes a large pond (or small lake) and many waterfalls. The pond/lake provides an opportunity for many reflection shots; something I like to do. Here are a few reflections.

ealkway
lily pads
endofpeni
penn
reflections
rock and tree

Japanese Gardens: Structure

The Japanese Garden is the newest addition to the Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The eight acre garden was two years in the planning and four years in the construction. It is a tranquil and contemplative place well worth a visit. To learn more about the garden see Japanese Garden</. Today's post is intended to give you a sense of the structure of the garden. More to follow.
One of many bridges

Island

Island


Fence

Fence


Do not enter marker

Do not enter marker


Bamboo water chime

Bamboo water chime


Stones and rocks

Stones and rocks


From the Zen garden

From the Zen garden


Old and new  (bonsai with staked trees)

Old and new (bonsai with staked trees)


Teahouse

Teahouse


Water sculpture

Water sculpture


Fish

Fish

Silver Dollars

I’m talking Lunaria, not money. The plant is also called Money Plant or Chinese Coins. Our local fruit stand had some dried Silver Dollar seed pods cheap, so I bought some and used them to help decorate our living room. A few days later they caught my fancy. Here are three different images of the same plant.

Close Up

Close Up

Porch in the Background

Porch in the Background

Reflected in the Window

Reflected in the Window

Water, Land, and Sky

It was a very quiet morning. Pat and I visited a biking and hiking trail that was converted from an old railroad bed. The trail splits Lime Lake. This morning the water had a lot of ripples except for a small bay near where we sat and reflected on the morning, the world, and the reflections in the water. These images were all taken from within 20 feet of where we sat. As always, I appreciate any thoughts you may wish to share.

Morning Sky

Morning Sky

Calmer Waters

Calmer Waters

Reeds

Reeds

Reflections

Reflections

Beauty in the Bramble

Beauty in the Bramble

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