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.

Keweenaw rocks.
Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan.

Keweenaw rocks.

Keweenaw Peninsula, Michigan.

Ice patterns. Minnesota.

Ice patterns. Minnesota.

Ice patterns. Minnesota.

Ice patterns. Minnesota.

After the storm.

After the storm.

Snow crystals scattered on lake ice.

Snow crystals scattered on lake ice.

April ice reveals its secrets.

April ice reveals its secrets.

After the storm.

After the storm.

In the tamarack swamp. Minnesota.

In the tamarack swamp. Minnesota.

Maple leaves, after a rain.

Maple leaves, after a rain.