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

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