Monthly Archives: April 2016

water feature in garden park

Japanese Garden Great Peace, and Good Ideas for Water Features

Parks, Gardens, with ponds waterfalls and other water features bring out the best of spring time. Awhile ago we traveled to San Diego and walked through the Japanese friendship garden in Balboa Park. I was surprised to see the curators were planning a really grand expansion.  It was a lovely gray day, the plum blossoms were just starting and while coming from Grass Valley it seemed a little crowded, it was a peaceful walk with a gentle down slope to the “river” and a gentle up slope to the coy pond. Enjoy the photos below:

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Notice the stepping stones and ” subtle seating”

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meditative with a central focal point and varied texture

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Indoors, relaxing and peaceful, warm tones, varied textures

IMG_0378The gray weather seemed to provide even deeper peace

 

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notice the overlapping opaque screens and the framed view – which would be more balanced and clean without the visitors, but less interesting

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Bonsai

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contemplation

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directing water with multi-linked and overlapping chains is clever and elegant

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even with crowds, the Balboa Park Japanese Garden feels peaceful

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Symmetry, assymetry, a  focal point and peace

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What is this and why is it here?

hint… where does the rain water from the chain land?

 

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Bamboo, used for everything is neatly formed into a railing system at the Japanese Garden

 

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Here you see the extended bamboo rail / garden barrier

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and of course the coy pond, peaceful in the gentle rain….

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