Autumn at the Chinese Garden

I’ve visited several times since renewing my Lan Su membership, but for one reason or another didn’t take many photos. Last week I was camera happy.

First some overviews–it has been so long that I’ve forgotten names of some of the building.

1land boat

I do remember the land boat (left), but not the pagoda’s name.

1zigzag bridge

And the zigzag bridge–shaped because evil spirits go in straight lines, thus they can’t get across.

I was amazed at how much green remains in the garden. It has been a mild fall. On my street there are bare trees that had been yellow, red leaves still hanging and a few green trees delaying the color thing.

The poetry wheel is either new, or I’ve managed to visit at times when it wasn’t displayed.

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Workshops were taught–I’m not sure how many styles of poem were among the lessons. The form the garden sports is the couplet: two lines with patterned opposites.  If the first word of one line is “many” the first line of the next is “one,” for example. The poems I read did not follow that pattern. Workshop attendees could opt to exhibit their poems. I took some close ups to share, but the words weren’t visible in the photos. You’ll have to use your imagination.

The sun was bright and beautiful, but it did wash out color on some of my photos. On the other hand, it made shadow designs.

1 shadows

There actually were quite a few people visiting that day–and they did photo bomb some of my shots. It seems amazing I got any without people.

Some bits of fall color:

And pomegranates in two places, a large tree and a potted tree.

The tour guide said the ones on the small tree were the largest he had seen it produce. It seems a plentiful year.  In the past there has been fruit still hanging late into winter, so I guess they don’t harvest them.

And in spite of it being fall, there are still flowers.

I hope you enjoyed your vicarious visit.

 

 

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8 responses to “Autumn at the Chinese Garden

  1. Betty Colburn

    Thank you for sharing. I love that garden and your photos are postcard worthy.

  2. quilt32

    Always look forward to pictures from that beautiful place.

  3. I always enjoy your pictures of the Chinese garden. Now a quilt inspired by it?

  4. dezertsuz

    Of course, I always love seeing this garden! I actually mentioned it to two different friends in the last week, which must be why you posted this. LOL It will be at the top of my list if I’m ever there visiting.

  5. Thank you for that visit! I’ve been there, but it was a gray, foggy day, so your pictures really showed its vibrance and beauty. Lovely!

  6. Really beautiful spot – thanks for sharing.

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