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.

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lily pads
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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

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

Fowl Ice

I thought I would insert a brief interlude in the 2014 countdown (#5 will be revealed on Friday). Yesterday morning Pat and I braved the low 20’s temperatures to visit one of my favorite bird sanctuaries. The low temperatures had caused ice to form near the shores, except where the sanctuary had underwater bubblers to help keep some open water available to the swans and other fowl. The ice provided some great photos and some occasional comedy. None of the fowl were stuck in the ice. I think the pictures and captions tell the story.

Now What?

Now What?


Duck on Ice

Duck on Ice


Walking on Water

Walking on Water


Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances


Slippery Landing

Slippery Landing


Cold Trio Walking

Cold Trio Walking


Open Water

Open Water

Reflections

The story often gets better – and perhaps a little embellished – in the retelling. Our reflections on the event are often “better” than the real thing. Occasionally the reflections of an object in water, mirror, or shiny surface are as good as or even better than the real thing. In the first two images the reflections enhance the image. In the last two photos the reflection is the image. The last shot has an impressionist quality caused by the rustling leaves and the gently moving river where the camera was aimed. As always, I welcome your thoughts, critiques, and comments.

Trestle Over Water

Trestle Over Water


Portage River

Portage River


Shoreline Reflections

Shoreline Reflections


Fall Reflection

Fall Reflection

Dew Diamonds

One of the things I enjoy doing in my photography is looking for the unusual in the common. Water (dew, rain, ice, etc.) often adds interest to a photo and sometimes can become the star of the show. This rose, while very beautiful, has a heightened attraction because of the lingering morning dew.
rose
The spider web in this evergreen bush becomes the stage for a dazzling dew dance.
evergreen
This black-and-white photo of the underside of a fallen leaf would be rather boring without the lingering raindrops.
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Occasionally the reflecting water will hit your lens in such a way as to create a dew diamond. The twinkling star-like image in the center of the picture was a bit of luck, but luck favors the person willing to look for dew diamonds. Happy dew diamond hunting.
sparkle

Quirky

Those that know me, as well as those that have been following my photoblog, know that I can be quirky. In taking photographs I often look for the unusual within the usual. So today and Friday, I thought I would share some quirky photos of things that stuck my fancy. Hope at least some strike your fancy too.

Granite & Marble Swiss Church

Granite & Marble Swiss Church

Willie and Guitar

Willie and Guitar

Ticket Office

Ticket Office

Window

Window

Water Ripples

Water Ripples

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