Japanese Garden Favorites 2011
A compilation of images from our group pool, selected by the group administrator. May 2011. (You can browse through lots more great photos in our Japanese Garden group.)
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We'll start with one of the earliest photos of the garden, taken around 1915. This is from The Huntington's own photo archives. (Click on the image for details about the photo. Use the back arrow to return to this page.) You can see other vintage photos, including many shared by visitors, in our Japanese Garden Centennial Scrapbook.
Next, a classic "postcard" shot by Marcie Gonzalez that beautifully captures the tranquil grace of the landscape that has enchanted visitors for nearly a century.
How many shades of green are there in Nature's paintbox? In this lovely shot by Ashley E. Liberio, spring's verdant palette is complemented with a splash of red from the new leaves of the Japanese maple, Acer palmatum
"Pink cloud" cherries bloom above the wisteria arbor, seen from the west side of the canyon in this shot by DBZ Photo.
In this lovely composition by Blue States, the petals of flowering apricot trees blanket the canyon streambed like newly-fallen snow.
Pathways are often scenic elements in their own right, like this rock-lined path through the north canyon, captured by mfbenedict.
A monochromatic study of pine, willow, and juniper by Billy Q emphasizes the shapes and textures of the landscape.
At the other end of the spectrum, this composition by BudCat14 aka Ross C is dappled with all-over color like an impressionist painting.
The Zen Garden remains open during renovations of the Japanese Garden. This particularly "colorful" shot of it is from Blue States.
And from tiffanysara, a spectacular shot of the Bonsai Court, which also remains open during renovations.
While the Japanese Garden is beautiful on a sunny day, it has a special magic when shrouded with mist or rain. This atmospheric scene captured by andysae seems to transport the viewer to the mountains of Japan.
Blue States juggled both a camera and an umbrella to get these two marvelous photos on a rainy day....
...and we're glad he did!
In a Japanese garden, the details are often as remarkable as the landscape. Here, nowhereonearth draws our attention to the artful craftsmanship of a bamboo and rope fence.
Bamboo all by itself is pretty remarkable, too, particularly in photos like this one by Billy Q.
Buddha, seen here in a serene portrait by ysaleth, is the regular recipient of floral offerings from visitors.
Lion dogs stand sentry at the entrance to the garden and are traditionally believed to safeguard the physical and spiritual wellbeing of those within. This shot from Photo by Claes captures the exquisite detail of the stone carving.
Special techniques such as infrared photography, used here to spectacular effect by josefrancisco.salgado, show the garden in an entirely new light.
More cool FX from Blue States, who used a PhotoShop technique to "Saran Wrap" the sky in this striking image.
A quiet corner of the garden inspired this lovely composition by nowhereonearth, featuring two traditional elements: a stone lantern and a Japanese maple (which she identifies, like the serious Master Gardener she is, as Acer palmatum 'Shishio improved.' )
No garden would ever be complete without wildlife. In the Japanese Garden, that includes ducklings, captured during their morning swim with their mama by our expert duck wrangler, mfbenedict...
...and the colorful resident koi, seen in this awesome image by ClarkOgdenPhotography.com. (The koi have temporarily relocated to the Chinese Garden while renovations are in progress.)
And we mustn't forget the Japanese house, one of the most iconic pieces of architecture at The Huntington, captured here by joits. The current renovations to the garden include historic restoration of the house, which dates to the late 19th century.
A well-known landmark seen from a unusual point of view, this composition from Photo by Claes gives us a fresh look at the familiar.
Autumn brings a mellow beauty to the landscape, and many visitors find it one of the loveliest times of year in the garden. This delightful photograph by alhambramd reminds us why.
JessycaFrederick captured the ginkgo trees in their golden finery in this stunning shot from late fall.
The golden glow of a autumn sunlight through the wisteria leaves illuminates this lovely image from sjb5.
Raindrops dapple gray stones strewn with fallen leaves in this beautiful composition from alhambramd.
And our last shot is a personal favorite from our Japanese Garden Centennial Scrapbook, a "Then and Now" portrait of the Brothers Tam, shared with us by their mom, Extreme Quilter.
Does't that photo make you smile?
Originally posted at 9:12PM, 3 May 2011 PST
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