Monday, July 8, 2019

Waterside and reflections

I like to be at waterside, whether the sea, a lake, a pond, a stream, or a puddle.
I like to watch the ever changing water-surface
with different shades and intonations of colors caused by light and wind.
There's something beautiful and enchanting.

On a sunny day of late April, I was at one of the ponds of the Isui-en Garden.

I lost myself to the yellow Koi, or Carp, swimming with ripples in the reflection water.

Guess what are the pink flowers at the pond of Chogaku-ji Temple.


During my trip to Tottori Prefecture at the end of May, I stopped at a little pond.
It was nameless but not unremembered .....
for the fascination of yellow Irises and the reflections.

Here is another untamed, nameless pond edged by White Clovers.

At the water-lilies pond of Gansen-ji Temple in mid-June.
The first image is focused on the aqua plants on the pond;
the second on the little purple flowers at the edge of the pond.

The following two photos are not at waterside or from the archive of this year.
They are from March of 2012 when my daughter had a wedding.
Thinking of reflection photos, I suddenly remembered these ones.

These are the two of the most memorable reflection photos.

The former half of the year 2019 fleeted away
and summer holiday is coming soon.
I'll have a blog break till the end of summer when my grandchildren
return to their school or kindergarten.

Wish you a terrific summer, winter, or any other season
from the center of a little world of Furin, or a Japanese wind-chime.


  1. Stardust - reflections make for stunning photographs, and yours are more unique than most since you have not focused on a mirror image, but rather the effect that ripples have to create an even more entrancing photo. So well done. They appear as Impressionist paintings! (And by the way, I can tell from the two photos you shared that your daughter had a lovely wedding!) Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  2. Dear Yoko these are poetic images indeed

    so beautifully captured ,they have power to convey the tranquility and fascination absorbingly :)

    hope your daughter 's life is also full of peace and happiness like these reflections !

    enjoy your break with family my friend!

  3. Enjoy a wonderful summer break Yoko and hopefully spend lots of happy days with your dear little grandchildren.
    Several of the photos remind me of paintings done by the great French painter Monet. You and your camera have a very artistic eye.

  4. Gorgeous colors and pictures !!! Your "reflections" are a pure delight !!!!
    Have a shinny week !

  5. Dear Yoko,

    You have visited wonderful places and the reflections on your photos are stunning! The weeding day of your daughter was so beautiful. Wishing you a lovely vacation.

  6. Hello, I hope you are having a happy summer. The reflections and views of the fish are lovely. Beautiful images. Enjoy your day and I wish you a happy new week!

  7. Have a wonderful summer, stardust! The years fly by, I agree. Sometimes it seems we are all some dreamer’s reflections in a larger scheme we don’t understand. How beautiful, fragile and mysterious it is though … the bride and groom, the bauble resembling Earth spinning in space and puddles of all sizes hinting there’s more depth than what the human eye can see.

  8. I hope your summer is wonderful, Stardust, as you spend time with your grandchildren. Water is always an attraction for me, too, and your photos evoke the coolness and peace of water. How beautiful is the photo of your daughter's wedding reflected in a pond.

  9. What a beautiful photo of your daughter's wedding! I love the yellow irises reflected too! Looks like a watercolor painting! Enjoy your week!

  10. Oh what lovely photos. Happy mosaic Monday. Thank you for sharing your joy


  11. These are delightful watery photos that give an impression of coolness and gentle movement. Thank you! I hope you enjoy your summer break and see you in the autumn!

  12. Your photos remind me of paintings by the Impressionists. Gorgeous!
    My post features a hike at Mount Rainier Natl Park.

  13. These pictures are beautiful. The green hue looks refreshing.

  14. Gorgeous photos! Love those reflections.

  15. Splendid photos!!!
    Have a nice weekend

  16. 自然の中のリフレクションの世界は、実像とはまた違った写しさがありますね。

  17. I will be visiting Japan next year and I will look forward to experiencing some of these very tranquil places. They always seem so beautiful and serene.

  18. These flowers are breathtaking <3

  19. La naturaleza en calma y reflejándose bien. Lindos reflejos Yoko. Felicidades para esos novios.
    Te deseo y un buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

  20. I, too, am drawn to water and reflections. We have our stream running now, and we love to sit on our deck in the late afternoons watching as the blooms wave in the breeze and the birds come for a bath. Enjoy your grandchildren, Yoko. They all are growing so quickly! It's wonderful to be able to spend time with them.

  21. Te deseo un buen miércoles Yoko.
    Un abrazo.

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  23. Yes. being beside water always gives me a feeling of calm and being in a special place. Especially when I am near the sea. I think it is because water is always moving, always grabbing our attention, wether it is a river or a pond or a stream or the ocean.

  24. Magic reflections, make you just spellbound. It’s a pity there’s no way to add an image in comments. During our trip in France I made some photos that would fit your meditation.
    The pictures are wonderful, Yoko, all of them, especially from your daughter’s wedding.
    Enjoy your summer, my dear friend,
    with best wishes,

  25. ご無沙汰しております。





  26. Great reflection.
    Deep green.

    It is a wonderful work.

    Please take care of yourself.

  27. Such lovely impressionistic photos.
    And a beautiful wedding.
    All full of the spirit of summer.


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  30. I like to see what you get at the water's edge and to read your tex. I really enjoy those reflections that you capture so well.


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