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Reflections of Fall

Kubota Gardens has a couple of ponds that give us this most fantastic double vision of fall.

We will start with the Moon Bridge. The guide says “symbolizes the difficulty of living a good life – hard to walk up and hard to walk down”.  This captures the bridge and it’s reflection.  Can’t get better than this.

Moon Bridge double vision

On the other side of the larger pond I found this lovely rock outcropping. From there I got this angle of the bridge.

Bridge reflection – the red shines brightly

Just to give you another perspective – how about this shot?

Which way is up?

Yup – this one is upside down. The reflection pond is on top but it isn’t 100% obvious is it?

Next check out this view…

See the face at the top?

When I reviewed my photos on the computer this one just grabbed me. It has the real bridge on the right with the reflection pond on the left. In the middle is a kaleidoscope type sensation. I think the top area looks like a dragon face. What do you think?

What really got my attention when I went to this little overview was the reddish pink tree on the hill reflecting in the pond. Below is a little video of the pond reflection.  The still photo is an illusion and hard to tell what you are seeing. The video gives it so much more dimension. Try it you will like it.  I played it over & over for a calm moment.

Here is the whole deal with the reality on top and the illusion at the bottom of the picture.

Fall Foliage’s Reflection

Check out the beauty of just the reflection.

Reflection of Fall

How about I leave you with the world upside down?

Fall looking thru the looking glass
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Nature’s Gift

I found a mystical place this long weekend off.  It is Kubota Gardens a short drive from my house. I had always wanted to visit it and what a day I picked for my first trip.  The sun was out and the fall colors abounded every turn I took.

If you want to know more about this Seattle Park, here is a link you can follow:   Kubota Gardens Info

Come with me now to a place of Peace in Nature
The gate was designed by Gerald Tsutakawa in 2004

Follow along now to see some of the sights. Of course no picture really gives the sparkle that being there does but I hope you will find joy.


Spring Pond from the Terrace Overlook

This looks like a miniature fairy land – but look there is a person on the path that brings perspective to the scene. According to the guide, this was the pond Fujitaro Kubota used to water his private nursery. Another person told me there are large Koi there.

Just a simple trail

Even a path between areas brings beauty to the eye. How could one not forget the world outside?

Yellow Vibrations

Not all is red and green here! This tree had so many shades of yellow and pale green.

Is this pink? Red? or yellow?

This tree had all that one would want in an ornamental maple tree. It has been loved and molded into this lovely form. The color is moot when you see the curves of her lovely limbs.

Mushrooms only make this tree even more special

The multi colored tree had a gift at her feet!  This small forest of ‘shrroms embraced by her lovely branch structure.

Water and bridges add to the serenity

No garden would be complete without moving water.

Red Cedar and Red Heart Bridge over Maple Creek

Red Cedars have taken my imagination these days. They are like crows in that they are everywhere I look. This one I did not measure to figure out his age but he had to be in the couple hundred year old range.

View from top of waterfall back at Red Heart Bridge and cedar partner

The bridge is hard to see. Look for the two people on the path. That is about where it is & there is the cedar too.


Moon Bridge takes one to the tinkling waterfalls

This bridge symbolizes the difficulty in living a good life. “Hard to walk up hard to walk down.” So true!! I stood on the other side and it was tough to keep ones balance, just like life.

Close to the closure of our trip by going thru another gate.

The guide says this gate came from the Japanese Garden at the Arboretum managed by the University of Washington. Hope this scene takes you away just like it did me.

Good Bye Beautiful Garden and Nature for the day