Isolation Antidotes (27): Contemplation Counterpart

I’d like to bring you a second image from the reflecting pool I featured in yesterday’s post. Again, the location was the Japanese Garden of Contemplation, pretty much our favorite of all of the Hamilton Gardens, though there was a newly-opened Surrealist Garden that was quite fascinating as well. The fall colors were spectacular, especially the glorious Japanese maples, and the overcast sky helped by serving as nature’s great soft box.Although we were able to make the hour drive to Hamilton and from there to Rotorua, we are still observing Level 2 restrictions and exercising extreme caution, including careful social distancing from anyone not in our immediate family bubble. They had organized a one-way path through the various gardens so we were able to keep to ourselves very well.

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18 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (27): Contemplation Counterpart

  1. There’s a one-way path through the refrigerated produce section in the Costco in my neighborhood. I’d rather follow your one-way path. In the United States the masses of protesters have largely or entirely ignored social distancing, so I hope we don’t get an upswing in the number of coronavirus cases.

    • krikitarts says:

      Very sorry to hear about the protesters’ lack of empathy. It’s really hard to understand how they can rationalize that sort of callous behavior. Yep, our one-way path was delightful.

  2. Peter Klopp says:

    Caution is the key to fighting the pandemic. In our grocery store, all aisles have been turned into one-way streets.

  3. bluebrightly says:

    Beautiful fall color! How nice that the garden made one-way paths – it seems a shame to close gardens at a time like this. There’s one small garden in this area and it’s been closed for months now – so sad to drive by and see all those gorgeous flowers with no one able to get close. That garden never had many visitors! The Surrealist garden has my curiosity piqued!
    (We’re hoping, in this semi-rural county, to get to Phase 2 soon, but so far, we haven’t).

    • krikitarts says:

      There weren’t many visitors on the day we were there, so it was easy to stay within our (moving) family bubble. And yes, the fall colors were still wonderful, even though our winter officially started on the first of June. I’ll think about sharing something from the surrealist garden with you sometime soon. Thanks, Lynn!

  4. Vicki says:

    That Japanese Garden looks like one I could happily retire to. I love the Autumn colours of the Japanese Maples.

    I’m eternally grateful to live in Australia at this time of pandemic and social unrest.

    I know New Zealand is a great place to live at this time too. I guess you too are happy to live in NZ at the present time with the riots and civil unrest etc in the U.S.

    • krikitarts says:

      You are so, so right: We consider ourselves doubly fortunate to be here in this place, especially at this time. I think if I had to pick an all-time favorite tree, it would probably be a tie among the Japanese maples, the white birch, and the sycamores.

  5. Lemony says:

    Ahh, it looks magical.

  6. People can, with a positive will, make things possible in these troubled times. Love the pool. 😊

  7. Loving this scene, Gary. It is so serene and calming. A balm for the walking wounded.

  8. shoreacres says:

    Both the reds and the greens seem muted in an especially pleasing way. I like the vertical placement of the rock under the green tree; it seems to be echoed in the rocks beneath the red. Given that it’s a Japanese garden of contemplation, I suspect that might not be entirely accidental.

    • krikitarts says:

      I dare say that there is very little in a formal Japanese garden such as this that is accidental. I’ve had the pleasure of several visits to Japan, and have found that their gardeners are seriously focused and dedicated to their art. I wish I could find a local one around here!

  9. I love the pine and rock combination. The tree’s curvy line and the oval of the rock are such a nice combination. One could sit there for hours contemplating the two of them which in a Japanese Garden is the goal, I think. Very nice, Gary.

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve been fortunate in having been able to make several trips to Japan, and I am always impressed with and feel drawn into their formal gardens. So much thoughtful and spiritual planning goes into them. We’d love to have the chance to design and realize one some day.

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