Monday, October 8, 2012

Japanese Stroll Garden


Autumn sunlight-
splashes of yellow, orange, and auburn;
a rainbow in the garden

This weekend, I visited a beautiful garden in North Salem, New York, Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden. The design of a Japanese garden has balance and harmony providing a sense of serenity as you walk through it. This particular garden is especially pretty in Autumn with the leaves changing colors. I enjoyed my nature walk and taking photos. The first photo shows one of the strolling paths along a pretty lily pond. There are benches all around where you can sit in contemplation and enjoy the scenic views.


This is one of the entrances to the garden, leading to the different paths. There are fences and gates made of bamboo and a frog sculpture greeting you as you walk in.


I loved the bamboo tree grove and the soothing sound of the breeze through it. There are also rock sculptures in asymmetrical shapes on the grass all around the garden.


Paths are lined with stepping stones and gravel, elements of Japanese garden design.


This is my favorite picture of the pond with a green island in the middle. All my pictures are straight out of the camera, but this photo looks painterly because of the sunlight. 


Along the pond, there are unique Japanese lanterns.


This is another view of the pond along the strolling path with a stone sculpture on the left.


I really like the shape of this tree. It almost looks like a giant bonsai tree!


These trees had some really beautiful Autumn colors with bright orange and red leaves.


A pretty primrose, which is a spring flower, was still thriving at this time of the year.


in the zen garden,
raking waves in the sand-
i live in the moment

The zen garden was one of my favorite spots. Visitors are allowed to rake the sand as it's part of the zen experience. In Japanese culture, the waves on the sand represent water and clouds, and the three stones in the corner of the garden are symbolic of mankind, heaven and earth. It was truly a wonderful and serene experience strolling around this beautiful garden. I hope you enjoyed it along with me on this virtual tour!

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52 comments:

  1. Living the the moment ... that should be the motto of life !!!

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    1. A nice motto that would be, glad you liked it :)

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  2. I love Japanese gardens ~ Your pictures are lovely and serene ~ To live in the moment, so zen reflection ~

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    1. Thank you, Grace, I like ~ zen reflection ~

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  3. A lovely Japanese Garden! I love the lanterns and the colorful leaves around the lily pond. Your zen reflection is perfect. xx

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    1. Thank you, Karen. I liked the lanterns, too, so unique :)

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  4. Lovely tour of the garden. Your photos are tops and the last line of your haiku is my mantra!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara. Yes, living in the moment makes a good mantra :)

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  5. oh wow this is so beautiful.
    I wish I could have gone!!!
    have a great day! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Morgan, glad you enjoyed it :)

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  6. You visit some of the neatest places, Loredana!
    Every time I visit you, I add another place to my "must visit" list.
    This looks like a fantastic place to be. There is a certain peacefulness about it that is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Do visit the garden in person. I think you will enjoy it :)

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  7. J'aime beaucoup les jardins japonais, il y en a un dans ma ville de naissance à NANTES.
    C'est vrai, on ressent le calme et la beauté.

    Merci de ta visite Loredana et belle soirée

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  8. Ah ! je suis tombé amoureux de la magnifique grenouille.

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    1. Ah yes, the frog sculpture was very cute :)

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  9. Thanks for the tour of the beautiful garden.

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  10. Lovely haiku and the garden is a treasure ~ so peaceful! Wonderful photography ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thank you, Carol, very peaceful indeed :)

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    1. Thank you, meditative like a lotus leaf :)

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  12. I do enjoy a good Japanese garden walk. They are so peaceful and calming.

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    1. Thank you, Rebecca, calming, too, so true :)

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  13. These are beautiful pics, Loreda! One gets the pureness of beauty when directly with nature. I had scrolled down a few of your previous postings, they are brilliant. A keen photographer has a high sense of observation and composition. Very apparent here! Thanks for sharing Ma'am!

    Hank

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    1. Thank you, Hank, what a great compliment :)

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  14. Visiting a Japanese garden is a magical experience. I wish I had the discipline to create and maintain one.

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    1. Me, too, it would be nice to cultivate a little zen garden :)

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  15. Two beautiful Haiku! And a gift of a stroll and a sit in the rainbow garden! Thank you.

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    1. You're welcome. Thank you for the visit :)

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  16. I love zen gardens; thanks for sharing all these beautiful pics, Loredana.
    The picture of the pond and the lanterns are my favourite.
    Both your haiku are lovely.
    :)

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    1. Thank you, Dulcina. I liked the pond, too :)

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  17. Always wanted to visit NYC, never happened to. Nice post with beautiful pics.
    BTW, thanks for visiting my blog :)

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    1. Thank you, Kusum. Hope you do visit NYC one day, you'd enjoy it :)

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  18. what a wonderful post on Rainbow Loredana. I feel like guided by you on a meditative walk through this sereen Japanese garden. The wonderful Autumn colors of the trees, those nice stones and that stone frog at the entrance. It was a wonderful journey through this colorful rainbow-like Japanese garden. Really I have right now a relaxed zen feeling. Thank you for sharing this on Carpe Diem.

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    1. Thank you, Kristjaan. Glad you enjoyed the meditative journey through the garden. What a wonderful meme, Carpe Diem--thanks for hosting :)

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  19. I would love to visit or have a zen garden!!

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  20. That looks like a great place to spend some time just looking about. I love gardens like that.

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    1. Glad you liked it, Bettyl, thanks for the visit :)

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  21. A beautiful walk, I can totally see why you enjoyed it so much. What a special place. Thank you for sharing it.

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  22. Oh wow..I so needed this soothing walk today..lovely and thank you for linking up to Nature Notes...Michelle

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    1. Thank you, Michelle, a lovely meme--thanks for hosting Nature Notes :)

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  23. Beautiful photos, beautiful words!

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  24. the snaps truly soothes the eyes of every reader.

    Really nice words to match with them as well! Im a follower from now.

    P.S. Do visit my blog @ www.lifethearsway.blogspot.in

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    1. Thank you, Aravind, for the compliment and follow. Welcome :)

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  25. Calme et sérénité
    Faire le vide en soi
    Accueillir le monde

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    1. Nature fills the void
      Where once was nothing
      Now there is life

      Thank you for reading my old post, Pascal. I visited this garden last Autumn, very peaceful--zen :)

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  26. Voici un jardin Zen pas très loin de chez moi...

    http://www.erikborja.fr/fr/jardin.zen.php

    J'aime l'art de vivre Zen .... sans penser ... sans réfléchir ... juste être là ...

    Le passé nous ne pouvons plus le changer ...
    L'avenir ne sera jamais comme nous voudrions qu'il soit ...
    Alors vivons intensément l'instant présent....

    Un maître Zen disait "Un jour, une vie"

    Amicalement Pascal

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    1. Thank you for sharing the link, Pascal, and your zen thoughts. I like that philosophy. :)

      Live in the moment
      Enjoy the present
      Just be ...

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