The rock garden of Fukuchiin ryokan zen JapanThe rock garden of Fukuchiin ryokanThe Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees and bushes, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A zen garden is usually relatively small, surrounded by a wall, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint outside the garden, such as the porch of the hojo, the residence of the chief monk of the temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were created at temples of Zen Buddhism in Kyoto during the Muromachi period. They were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life.

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A journey, after all, neither begins in the instant we set out, nor ends when we have reached our door step once again. It starts much earlier and is really never over, because the film of memory continues running on inside of us long after we have come to a physical standstill. Indeed, there exists something like a contagion of travel, and the disease is essentially incurable.”

 

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Margaret Holmes(non-registered)
I was looking for something on Google and came across your photos of Israel taken in 2006/2007, so just had to find you to let you know how impressed I was with them.

I see you have also been to South Africa (my home country), and photographed our wildlife. Come again - we'd love to have you back!
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Complimenti per le splendide foto! Ne ho viste veramente molte ben fatte in HDR!