Hello Friends and Family,

Golden Gate Park, Part 2

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The Japanese Tea Garden at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is lushly landscaped with a huge variety of trees, bushes, and grasses. It also has nicely designed waterways which enhance the tranquility that one expects in such a garden.

This tree/bush is a Japanese Red Maple. I love the color but also the shape of the leaves. Awesome!

Traditionally, the plants in a Japanese garden are kept pruned to maintain a smaller size. Some varieties are also shaped in decorative ways to provide variety and interest for visitors to the garden.

Here water lilies also add interest to a pond. Note that the plants are rooted in the soil at the bottom. The leaves are called "lily pads" and float on the surface with the flowers sticking up between them. They offer an interesting subject for artists of all types. For instance, French Impressionist Claude Monet produced some 250 paintings of water lilies during the last 30 years of his life.

I noticed a man on a small bridge standing perfectly still looking at something in the water or on the bank. I glanced in the direction he was looking and spotted this Blue Heron, which I initially thought was a decorative statue — it was standing that still staring into the water at the koi swimming in front of him.

Eventually, he moved. But to me, it appeared that the koi were too big for him to grab and swallow. Maybe he was waiting for a smaller one. He almost looks disgusted with me for disturbing his fishing expedition.

Another little babbling brook with the water streaming alongside the stone lantern then under some bushes and eventually to where I was standing. It is interesting how the sound of a babbling brook adds so much serenity to a Japanese garden.

This area featured raked gravel in addition to boulders, plants and a stone lantern. One sees such wonderfully decorative areas in Japanese gardens but not as much in the gardens of other cultures.

Here is the same raked gravel area from another vantage point. I love both views.

Ending for today, we see a large copper lantern offering a juxtaposition between the creations of Mother Nature and those of Man.

To be continued...

Life is good.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com