Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Japanese Zen Gardens.

Friends, I've got some lovely photos to share with you this afternoon. We always like to do something special together on my father's birthday; it's become a tradition. Last year, we went to the zoo, but this year we didn't know what to do. We ultimately decided on spending time outside again this year (I'm seeing a theme here...). We went to the Anderson Japanese Gardens. It's about 40 minutes from our house, and it was nice to get away for the day. Here are some of my favorite snapshots from the day...
There was a lovely koi pond at the beginning of the gardens. At first, the koi were being coy and wouldn't come to the surface, but then we threw in some food, and they started sqirming around! And, of course, the ducks swam over too! What I loved most about these gardens was that all the trails were handicapped accessible. There were so many twists and turns that it was easy to get yourself lost in a sea of green shrubbery.
There were covered bridges with tiny, clear little rivers below...
...there were lazy, shady areas that gave way to...
...rushing and roaring little rivers...
It was so peaceful to just sit there and listen to the sounds of the summer afternoon. Wouldn't it be neat to have an outdoor summer wedding under this little spot?

And who knows...maybe my dad was listening or looking too.

Aren't these photos tranquil and calm? Any time I get nervous, all I have to do is look at those photos.

P.S. I told my mom she should also be a postcard photographer in addition to being a party planner! :)


  1. Ah I love when you post pictures of you and your family. I hope you had a great day remembering your papa. Have a lovely week, Melissa!

  2. What a great way to celebrate your dad! I love going to outdoor gardens like this! Makes me wish I had more of a green thumb :)

  3. Time outdoors is an excellent way to celebrate your dad. So great you've kept up the tradition!

  4. I went to school about a block away from the gardens and we used to take field trips there all the time! They're so beautiful. What a great way to honor your dad!

  5. What a beautiful tradition, and a beautiful location in which to enact it.

  6. The koi were being coy... I like what you did there, ha. GREAT photos! Looks like a perfect day! Thanks for sharing! xo.


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