The Harmony Garden

Thanks again Kiwis!

I had a great time on our photowalk down here and met some very nice people. I think my kids were a little drained! At the end, during the talk, both of them fell asleep in a back room… We hoisted them into the campervan after that, drove to the beach, and then they were surprised to find where they woke up! Fell asleep during dad’s boring talk — wake up at the beach! Woo!

It was great to meet so many nice people from all over Auckland. There were even a few Aussies at the event! I haven’t had time to process any photos yet, but I will soon.

Daily Photo – The Harmony Garden

Kyoto was filled with thousands of these tiny gardens with ponds and little rivers. Which one to take photos of first?!?

None of them seemed to have artificial pumps that moved the water around. I always think of that whenever I see little gardens with water features in the states, or like they sell at Sam’s. Somehow, it seems, Japanese garden-masters are able to constantly refill their ponds by keeping the appropriate amount of dew forming on surrounding leaves, which then drips into the pond, which then goes down a perfect little waterfall, and ends up at another perfect pond about 50 paces away.

  • I hope you and your family are having a great time over there, Trey! I’m looking forward to all the beautiful places you’ll be sharing with us from NZ.

  • Howdy back from in Austin. I hope New Zealand treating you well. I just saw a local commercial for News 8 Austin and they used one of your photos…. hopefully they got permission.

  • casusan

    Beautiful Trey – I want to be there relaxing right now!!

  • Incredible beauty in colors and shapes. Japanese know, how to make harmony, in garden, soul and mind.
    I see, you all enjoy New Zealand tour! Have a nice time!

  • Wow, I love this one. Really fantastic.

  • I’m so glad your family is with you and having a good time in New Zealand. I just made this photo my desktop wallpaper, it’s so beautiful. They surely do know how to make beautiful gardens. I’ve seen a few in the states that do a pretty good job representing a Japanese garden. How beautiful, great job, Trey. Hope you continue to have fun on your trip, even though I am a bit envious, lol. Thanks for sharing you good times and photos!!!!!!

  • The softness of hue is calming to the soul

  • Great Photo Trey
    Can you explain how you get such detail in these nature shots without it being over the top. Is there a certain tool you use either in niksoftware or onone (thanks for the discount codes) that you use on these nature photos?

  • Thanks!

    Maurice – well – it is a gentle combination of several techniques – so hard to explain in a quick answer! I am sure the upcoming video screencaps from the HDR Workshop will help!

  • Love Kyoto and miss her so much. Do you remember the name of the area you were in when you took this shot? Would love to track this garden down.

    Thanks, Stephen.

  • Stephen – gosh – I don’t think I could tell you exactly !! I found it while wandering along the long path towards the silver temple

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