We just returned yesterday from a five-day full-family vacation in Rotorua, a town in a geothermal area a little more than three hours’ drive south. Stormy weather was predicted for the whole time, but the weather gods smiled on us and gave us only one day of rain; the rest were just fine. On the way down we stopped at the Hamilton Gardens for a couple of hours in its serenity. I made this photo in the Japanese Garden of Contemplation. If it seems a bit topsy-turvy, it’s because it’s mainly a reflection of the trees behind a pool, my main focus having been on the pink blossom and several Japanese maple leaves floating in the pool. More from later in the trip will follow.

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16 Responses to Contemplation

  1. Vicki says:

    What a wonderful break from the recent months of restrictions. Just what the whole family and grandchildren would enjoy. Just being together and enjoying each day as it comes.

    • krikitarts says:

      It was our first outing since the restrictions were put in place. It was great to be out and about again, but it’s also nice to be back at home. Sigh.

  2. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful image, my friend, and your explanation adds to it. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thank you! I considered not explaining anything but leaving it up to you all to decipher the puzzle–or not–and see what you think. But I think you’re right, and I’m sure it helps, especially for busy folks who don’t have (or want to take) the time to look deeper (as it were).

  3. You are lucky to be able to take a trip… Days out seem near impossible and the thoughts of holidays are very far off

    • krikitarts says:

      We consider ourselves very fortunate to be here. Our PM dropped our C-19 status to Level 2 several weeks ago, but we are still extremely cautious and the kids are happy to do our grocery shopping for us. We did get out a bit, but with careful social distancing.

      • Take care…. I think our PM is pushing too fast to ease restrictions. There is a danger we will get a spike again. That said most sensible folk are trying to keep to the original distancing restrictions.

      • krikitarts says:

        Extreme caution seems to me to be the only reasonable policy, but everyone must embrace it!

  4. shoreacres says:

    So that’s where you’ve been — good for you. I like the way the flower, the single leaf, and the doubled leaves all seem to be an different planes; it’s quite an illusion.

    • krikitarts says:

      I found myself wishing there had been a koi or two just below the surface so I could do something even more Escheresque, but I’m pretty happy with what I had to work with. It was so good to be there again! They’ve transformed the place into a one-way trail to allow adequate distancing and it worked very well.

  5. This one really makes you look to get your brain around what you are actually looking at. Great that you finally got out for a break away from things.

  6. Out of curiosity I did a screen shot and rotated it 180°. In that view the stray leaves seem more like they’re floating in air than on the surface of a body of water.

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