A place of serenity
By idiotphotographer in Random
I’ve had my little ups and downs and this week I finally got my arse and made plans for a photo trip with a couple of friends. We planned on going out to the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford Illinois. Of course, when you make plans that are basically a full day trip the weather must intervene and despite the crushing drought the Midwest has suffered it was supposed to rain all day. And it did.
I refused to bow down to the whims of nature and said to my friend “Let’s go anyway, I kinda like shooting in gloomy, overcast weather anyway.” I’m glad she agreed because the gardens were absolutely phenomenal in their fall colors. We didn’t even make it to the visitor center before we were bemused and had to stop for some picture taking.
The Strolling Pond Gate:
Japanese gardens are designed for reflection, contemplation and to inspire a sense of serenity. This one did exactly that in spades. Everywhere you looked there were little moments, little windows into a new perspective. You would see the same thing from 10 different angles and it would seem new and beautiful each time.
It is actually 3 different gardens, my favorite of which is done in the style of the 13th and 14th centuries. It is complex, dense and you simply cannot see everything in one visit. It begs you to come back and explore over and over.
I suspect we’ll be making this trip again, hopefully this fall, but certainly next spring and summer!