Fields ready for planting, and the rice seedlings ready for transplanting.
Guizhou, China.

Fields ready for planting, and the rice seedlings ready for transplanting.

Guizhou, China.

Sumac…..one of the first harbingers of the fall to come.

Sumac…..one of the first harbingers of the fall to come.

Morning light, Lake Superior.

Morning light, Lake Superior.

Wispy lenticular clouds in evidence over Lake Superior at the dawning of a new day.

Wispy lenticular clouds in evidence over Lake Superior at the dawning of a new day.

Baptism River detail. Minnesota.

Baptism River detail. Minnesota.

Maple leaves in the spring - the colors of new growth.

Maple leaves in the spring - the colors of new growth.

Spruce, after an overnight snowfall. Minnesota.

Spruce, after an overnight snowfall. Minnesota.

Riffles on the Baptism River, northern Minnesota

Riffles on the Baptism River, northern Minnesota

Distorted window glass reflection, Suzhou garden, China.

Distorted window glass reflection, Suzhou garden, China.

Suzhou garden wall.

Suzhou garden wall.

Another image from a Suzhou garden.
These gardens, which reflect a certain order of the natural world, in which human society plays its small role, contain many small gems awaiting discovery. Granted many visitors walk through quite quickly and perfunctorily, simply acknowledging that these gardens reflect an aesthetic of Chinese culture to be valued, but the real reward comes to those who have the time and the inclination to notice and appreciate small moments of indescribable beauty & serenity.

Another image from a Suzhou garden.

These gardens, which reflect a certain order of the natural world, in which human society plays its small role, contain many small gems awaiting discovery. Granted many visitors walk through quite quickly and perfunctorily, simply acknowledging that these gardens reflect an aesthetic of Chinese culture to be valued, but the real reward comes to those who have the time and the inclination to notice and appreciate small moments of indescribable beauty & serenity.

Suzhou detail.
Suzhou is home to a number of classic Chinese gardens, which have existed for hundreds of years. Most of the gardens are large-scale artificially-contrived ‘landscapes,’ but one of the endearing characteristics of these gardens is that even the smallest details are deliberately designed to enhance a feeling of serenity among people who visit these gardens. This is one such small detail.

Suzhou detail.

Suzhou is home to a number of classic Chinese gardens, which have existed for hundreds of years. Most of the gardens are large-scale artificially-contrived ‘landscapes,’ but one of the endearing characteristics of these gardens is that even the smallest details are deliberately designed to enhance a feeling of serenity among people who visit these gardens. This is one such small detail.

Enduring another Alabama summer - though relatively cool by local standards - we think longingly of autumn and the soon-to-follow winter months.

Enduring another Alabama summer - though relatively cool by local standards - we think longingly of autumn and the soon-to-follow winter months.

Dutch Elm Disease victim. Minnesota.

Dutch Elm Disease victim. Minnesota.

Color on the Keweenaw Peninsula - a Lake Superior water feature.

Color on the Keweenaw Peninsula - a Lake Superior water feature.