Saturday, February 23, 2008

An Awakening

Lisa Lynch’s photos (See yesterday’s post, "Heavenly Training") inspired me to scoot on my trusty Milano scooter over to the Portland Japanese Garden late this afternoon with my little Olympus Stylus tucked in my pocket.

Four hours later as I was downloading the photos, the thought that kept occurring to me as I edited them was that it wasn’t fair.

It wasn’t fair that these photos should look this good with so little effort on my part.

It wasn’t fair that you might judge me to have some photographic talent. The talent is all the gardeners’, the garden designers’ and nature’s.

Where can you look in the Japanese Garden and NOT find inspiration and beauty?

It wasn’t fair that it was all so easy to bring home and share these shots.

Not fair?

Such a strange thought. We should rejoice together at our good fortune to be able to visit such a place.

I also thought of all those models or actors whom photographers or cinematographers say “love the camera.”

The Japanese Garden “loves the camera.” The feeling is mutual.

At times I thought my little camera would melt in my hands from what it was seeing.

The camera survived. And so did the photos.

Tonight I’m posting just three photos. Even before the visitor enters the garden proper and pays $8 (An awakening for $8!), this is what you see.


Tomorrow, I’ll share with you the sublimity inside the garden gate — as I saw it through my camera.

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Blogger Lisa said...

I'm so excited you made it there, an honored that I influenced you to go and have a Saturday Experience.

Even the most mundane photo at the Japanese Garden turns out beautiful. There are very few throwaway shots.


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