Bare Trees

Bare Trees

Nature is strange. She seems to have two sides. One strides for creation; with all wits to survive. The other is the master of chaos. She is skillful of destruction. Yet, no side ever truly wins. Eternally intertwine. Perhaps both serve the same purpose.

Observe her works on these bare trees. I am wondering. Will I ever understand her?

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Hama-Rikyu Gardens

Hama-Rikyu gardens is a public park in Tokyo.  But as I stepped into the park, I was not sure that I was still in Tokyo as one of the biggest and busiest city in the world. It was just a few minutes ago that I was just was surrounded by tall buildings, busy streets and walking through crowd of people.  Only the sight of the buildings at the perimeter reminded me that I was still in the city.  I was touched by serenity and the well blended between nature and the Japanese culture from the park.

These are few bits of the Hama-Rikyu park.

Hama-Rikyu Garden, 1

The welcome sign at the front of the park.

Hama-Rikyu, 2

Japanese pines grow on the low cut grass lawn. The tall builds remind you that you are still part of the city.

Hama-Rikyu, 3

This is an interesting object. It was hung from the roof as part of rain gutter. I guess it was used to catch the rain drops and to prevent the water damage to the ground blow. I am guessing here.

Hama-Rikyu, 4.

I met a park resident.  I could not resist to make friend with him.

Hama-Rikyu, 5

The park is also located at the mount of Sumida river.

Hama-Rikyu, 6

I was wondering how these great trees survived on their own.

Hama-Rikyu, 7

I just like the shape of the trees. It made me wonder whether human had anything to do with it or not.

Hama-Rikyu, 8

An artful way of giving  nature a hand. The supports are like the tree limbs that just grew downward.

Hama-Rikyu, 9 Tea shop.

I believe this is a tea shop – A very good idea.

Hama-Rikyu, 10

I am not sure what this is.

Hama-Rikyu, 11

Hydrangea…  they can be found in the park too. I just love them.

Hama-Rikyu, 12

Long reaching vines for a good bye.

Winter Kisses

So far the winter has been very mild to the area.  There were very few cold days and many nonseasonal warm days. It is quite unusual for this time of the year.  In a way, I am pleased with it.  It is better than heavy snow and ice.  Only sign of cold winter is frosty leaves on the ground in the morning … which soon (frost) melt by the warmth of the morning sun.  Hope it stays this way for the rest of the winter this year.

Frosty Leaves

Yates Mill County Park NC

The Yates Mill County Park in NC is off to the south of Raleigh, the capital of NC. The park is full of natural beauty that draws many photographers ranging from family to serious wild life photography.

The Park features the only remaining gristmill in Wake County. The old mill on Steep Hill Creek that we today call Yates Mill has stood on its foundation since the 1750s, despite disasters including floods, hurricanes, war and neglect. Today the mill is fully restored and operable.

Fall season brings even more colors to the park.

Bush of weeds or grass grow around the packing area of the park.

There are old gears, wheels etc. laid around the  I guess they are old part of the mill.

A small creek leads to the wood near the mill.

The Mill.

The mill sits near the lake which is the center of the park.

Trees over the mirror like lake surface.

The lake at the center of the park.

Wooden area around the park.

Lotus grow under the tree shade.