The Zen Garden in darkness
View this image in the Zen Garden Viewer
The stones in the Portland Japanese Garden's Zen Garden are the Garden's bones.
The color, shape, texture and motion of each stone is important. Each stone has a proper upright orientation and is placed with their best sides showing. The interpretation of the stones can vary. Sometimes they are mountains, other times boats in a sea or a turtle or fish, etc.
The circles surrounding each stone represent waves in the white sand sea. The number and arrangement of the stones in the Garden changes often.
One can interpret the large stone in the upper right corner as Buddha. The two smaller stones are two of seven small stones in the Garden that day.
The image is processed low-key to encourage the viewer to spend the time to fill in the voids.
The Portland Japanese Gardens is not usually open at night. This image imagines how the stone garden would look under moonlight. To see how the overall garden looked in the daylight view The Zen Garden in black and white.
September 28, 29 and 30, 2012 host a special event when the Portland Japanese Gardens will be open from 6-8:30 pm for Moonviewing. Sunset those nights will be about 6:52 pm, so there could be a chance for full moon illuminated images of the Garden if lights in the Garden are off.