The Perfect Tree on the Perfect Night

One evening after dinner in Kyoto, I visited a unique garden that was maintained by a sect of monks in Kyoto. I understood that the best time to go was at night because they had painstakingly decorated the entire expanse with lights and unique effects. It sounded perfect for photography, so of course I had to go!

When I arrived, I had to take off my shoes at the entrance. The inside was a traditional Japanese structure, raised off the floor, covered with mats and separated by rice paper walls. The monks lived and worked inside. This was plain as I moved from room to room via darkly lit hallways. I took this photo while barefoot. Little blue lights covered the grass and shone like stars. The whole place was quite unbelievable, fun, and unexpected.

The Perfect Tree on the Perfect Night

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  • Michael Glover

    Wow this is awesome Trey! It’s very unique looking. It must have been really cool to this in person. Great capture! Have a great day!

  • Nathalie Dallaire Dale

    At first I thought that it was stars reflecting on water (then I read your description). I have never seen anything like this.

  • Amit

    Which temple is this Trey?

  • casusan

    Oh wow! Beautiful Trey – love this – thanks for taking us there!

  • Scott Webb

    Seriously I don’t want to sound like the other comments but the first thing that came to mind was WOW

    way to wow the crowd trey. Yes it’s a great capture! it really really is. I think what I love though, is the ability to see this great and foreign place to where I am. To know that it’s over on the other side of the world and providing such a rich experience only inspires me to keep going.

  • Gail

    Wow, what a beautiful photo!!!!! Love this one. Great job, Trey!!!!

  • Melissa Mazza

    Very lovely. Looks almost like the tree is growing out of the night sky.

  • Sonya

    Trees can be magical, almost otherworldly. This photo captures that feeling perfectly on the perfect night. Thanks!

  • Barbara Brown

    Were your toes cold?

  • Marker

    I’ve got the same problem as you,

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