Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Karesansui



Tuesday I combined my walk with a photography hunt through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. It was sunny and crisp and just a grand day to enjoy the gardens in all their bare midwinter splendor. I've photographed the Japanese Gardens many times, but this day the Karesanui (dry landscape garden) appealed to me in the afternoon sun. I hope my friend Ann sees this post, and feels I've caught the spirit of this very special, and serene garden. I think the next time I come here, I'll leave the camera in the car and just take a deep breath, relax, and relish this peaceful place.


20 comments:

Wayne said...

I think I could get into this form of meditation.

Olivier said...

très beau, on dirait des Crop Circle ;o)

Bibi said...

Now I see it's a Zen garden! I have a foot-square one on my desk that I rearrange occasionally. Quite beautiful, your photos.

---On the portal I thought they were crop circles.... :)

Eeyore said...

I love this particular spot, but I don't get there often enough.
Larry

Bob Crowe said...

Well, om mani padme hum y'all. I've seen a few of these in Japan and always wonder how they get the gravel raked so perfectly without leaving any footprints at all.

Virginia said...

Olivier and Bibi, you both thought Crop Circles! HA

Bob,
I was awake in the night, and tried to figure how they do it.

Eeyore,
You should go more often, it really is lovely. Ever been inside the bamboo forest?

Wayne,
Nah, just sit in your recliner and meditate!

Louis la Vache said...

Very nice, Virginia!

Babzy said...

Just beautiful ;)

Chuck Pefley said...

Your lead photo today is brilliant!

I didn't see this on the portal but via google reader and my mind went a bit wider than crop circles to "aerial", which of course it is. You were still standing up I assume?

To accomplish this gardening feat I think long handled rakes are used to perfectly style the gravel and avoid human trace.

Beautiful, V!

Daryl said...

Lovely, serenity ...

Bergson said...

magnifiquement graphique

j'adore ton bandeau

Rob said...

I feel the zen!

Bill said...

Great blog! I've always had a preconceived idea about Birmingham, Alabama as being a red-neck place, well advised as a tourist to stay away from. Now I see a totally different picture. Thanks for educating me.

Jacob said...

No, no! Do not leave your camera in the car! What's the matter with you?

I mean, look at this crisp, sandy, sharp photos!

It's interesting because there is definitely a calm about those various patterns.

Either that or they made me dizzy and I don't know what I'm talking about!

Virginia said...

After my whirlwind trip to Paris, I can use some major "zen"! :) Thank you for your nice comments. And Chuck, I was standing on a big rock trying to get that "from above" shot and NOT fall and mess up the gravel!!!
V

altadenahiker said...

I'll take a snap of our Huntington dry garden. A very different effect.

Nathalie said...

While the bottom photo gives the whole picture, you were right to put the other one first - this is the one that deserves kudos: the composition is just right with the beautiful raking lines and perfectly positioned diagonal shadow. You really are doing this Japanese art justice with that photo!

brattcat said...

Thank you for sharing that serenity with the rest of us.

Maya said...

Beautiful! I love these gardens. It makes me feel peaceful just looking at your shots of this one!

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