Friday, November 21, 2014

Autumn flowers on the pond

Hase-ike Pond at Rokko Arboretum in the Mount Rokko never fails to fascinate me whenever I go.  Reflections on the water always attract me and there is always something which makes the reflections more attractive. Last year spring, they were tiny pink baby pads of water lilies that float on the pond.  (Pond reflections with floating baby leaves). This autumn, they were fallen colored leaves floating on the pond.

The fallen leaves were like autumn flowers blooming on the stems
which were reflected twigs of trees on the water.

Under the overcast, the water looked dark but it caused good effect to make the colored leaves outstand.

This looks like ink-stained Japanese paper with autumn leaves on it.

 This reminded me of the floral pattern on my Yuzen silk kimono.

Because of the weather, the reflections were not vivid but hazy with subtle glinting. 
But they make still or maybe more fascinating abstract reflections.  

Some water lily pads have completely changed colors.


Water ripples and distorts reflections.
I displayed this photo upside-down intentionally.

Can you imagine how big and radiant this maple tree clad in autumnal foliage from the reflection?

A patch of blue sky appeared when I was about to leave.

This post is linked to Weekend Reflections.


  1. The ripples in the water coming from the leaves are mesmerizing. There is so much beauty in these changing times, from one season to another.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  2. So beautiful coloured pictures, I like it very much. Thanks a lot for showing it.

    best regards

  3. I've been following your blog for awhile and I have to tell you, your photos are lovely works of art.

    1. Thank you for folowing my blog and leaving a lovely comment. I tried to visit your blog but couldn't access to it. That’s a shame.


  4. yes! as soon as the first image loaded, i thought of fabric patterns! just so beautiful!

  5. Wow Yoko.....I always love your reflections,and these are really beautiful!
    The leaves are like above so below!

    Happy weekend,

  6. Hi Yoko,
    It is so easy to see how artists and designers are inspired by nature. Your blog post captures the true beauty of autumn and like you mentioned, the leaves create their own art forms in the water. So wonderful to see your photos and how you also have an eye for design.
    Being an artist, I always look to nature for inspiration and it seems that the arts in Japan is very connected to the natural world too. Thank you for sharing a wonderful post that is spiritual as well as inspiring.

    Warmest Wishes,

  7. As soon as I saw your leaves reflected in the waters of Hase-ike Pond I too thought how influential a designer would find them. I can imagine some beautiful furnishing fabrics made out of the image and sewn into beautiful curtains. I particularly like image number four with the background leaves and stem in black offset by the brilliant colours in the foreground.

  8. Your photos always make me feel good and I can't help but get a smile on my face! Such luscious colors and many of the leaf patterns on the water look Japanese to me - I can easily contemplate a kimono made of such colors and patterns. Every season in Japan has its own beauty and you capture those seasons so well. Thank you for sharing.

    BTW, I'm now 3 weeks past surgery and recovering at home. Every day is a little easier. Thank you for your care and good thoughts. The cancer was low-grade and had not spread so that was a great relief.

  9. Wonderful photographs, Yoko. I'm back from a short business trip to Slovakia and hopefully I'll find some time to rework own photos within the next days.Your first shot (and some others) are close to paintings - marvellous!
    Have a great weekend togehter with your family!

  10. My God it is beautiful... The pond looks so pretty in its agencement... The creator of the garden was so successfull in his quest. Autumn seem the perfect moment to take picture there indeed.

  11. These are beautiful shots. Thanks for sharing them with us.

  12. These photo's looks very good and I see indeed the patterns of textile coming out of nature as you show yourself also. Great shots and thank for showing.

  13. こんばんは。 素敵な reflection の数々です。 日常の中に見つける美、とても素晴らしいです。

  14. ♪♬° ·.
    Imagens encantadoras!
    Inspiração para poesia, desenho e pintura.

    Bom sábado!
    Bom domingo!
    Beijinhos do Brasil.♪° ·.
    ♪♬♫° ·.

  15. It's a true pleasure to visit your blog and your beautiful pictures !!!
    Have a cosy weekend !

  16. What a beautiful coloured pictures... They look like a beautiful fabric...Fantastic job...

  17. oh my, such beauty
    beautiful portraits of your exquisite autumn
    the colors are divine
    i have looked and looked and enjoyed some more
    thank you Stardust!

  18. What marvellous pictures and what an artist's eye you have. One of the pictures reminded me of Monet's water lily pictures. The others were like beautiful scarves spread upon the ground. My favourite was the reflection showing spots of glittering brightness over the red coat and darkness of the shadows, together with the light and delicate red of the leaves. I am interested to see how much further on the leaves are now in Japan than when we visited. Here in USA they're also beautiful (in a different way) but I think in England now all the leaves will be gone.

  19. Words and leaves and reflections are a poem to autumn in Nara. The photographs are like abstract paintings. Just lovely, Yoko.

  20. ほんとに繊細な芸術!あふれ出る詩情に息をのみます。何を撮っても新鮮な感動が伝わってきますね!

  21. 秋のリフレクションですね。柔らかい光を感じます。水面に浮かぶ紅葉が、赤い花のようですね。うまくキャッチされてるなと思いました。下から四番目のお写真、きちっと、はまって、だまし絵のようですね。Thank you for the tour to the autumn pond.
    Have a nice day!

  22. Yoko, your photographs of the rosy leaves floating on the water made me feel very happy.... I don't know exactly why, but seeing those images gave me a feeling of well-being. Beautiful images!!! All your photos make me want to visit japan.... NOW!!!!! :-)

  23. Dear Yoko, I was just reading about the earthquake and because my geographical knowledge of Japan is limited, I'm hoping you were not affected and that all is well in your area! Best wishes!

    1. Thank you for your concern. I was not affected by that earthquake. But the affected places are region where I I travelled at the end of October which I mentioned in my previous post. Otari Village, Hakuba Village, were seriously hit. Before my travel, I was a little concerned because the place is a part of active tectonic line, and my concern became real three weeks later. Japan is a volcanic country and I like to travel to mountains especially Japanese Alps area. I’m scared but I’m not sure whether I stop travelling to Nagano or not next year.

      I’m glad to know you feel easier day by day. Take care of yourself.

  24. Baby pads … what a sweet find, stardust! I think they must often go unnoticed. The pattern on your Yuzen silk kimono does seem inspired by the pads, petals and leaves floating on the water. Nature has the best fashions … its random designs seem so effortless.

  25. These photos are fabulous! You are a great photographer!
    Greetings from Romania!

  26. I was so sorry to hear about the earthquake in Nagano, the subject of your previous post. It hit home how vulnerable we are to nature despite the grandeur and beauty that is evident in the photos. My thoughts are with the people there … I wish them strength and comfort during this difficult time.

    1. Many thanks for your kind thoughts for the people of the stricken places.

  27. なんてきれいな写真でしょう!まさにモネの世界みたいじゃないですか? まるで詩のような繊細さが好きです。 私もこのように写真の腕をあげたいです。 

  28. I am enchanted as ever! You are an artist, Yoko, and a very talented one. Thank you for a wonderful break from mundane routine! I wish you Inspiration!

  29. Beautiful, Yoko, such gorgeous colours ad reflections. You know how to capture them all! You have the eye for beauty. I love your blog for its restful, exquisite and charming images.

  30. Beautiful autumn, colorful and beautifully the colors reflected in the water. We have a gray and sad. Best regards and thank you, with you remembered me.


  31. 湖面の濡れた紅、木立の柔らかな橙、どちらも心を和ませてくれるやさしい日本の秋の眺めです。

  32. ·.✿✿ミ

    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos do Brasil。♫° ·.

  33. Αγαπημένη μου φίλη Yoko
    Αυτές δεν είναι φωτογραφίες, είναι εξαιρετικοί πίνακες ζωγραφικής!!!!!
    Έχεις μια θαυμάσια καλλιτεχνική ματιά και βέβαια σε βοηθάει πολύ η ομορφιά της πατρίδας σου!
    Είσαι εξαιρετική φωτογράφος!!!
    Στέλνω σε σένα και σε όλη την οικογένεια σου, μια μεγάλη αγκαλιά και πολλά φιλιά!

  34. What beautiful colours and reflections. A beautiful place to stop and enjoy!


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