We stopped for a moment to get out of the rain, and even the looking up found a pleasing view to the eyes. I really can’t wait to go back next year. However our time here is done and we’ll be leaving the Anderson Japanese Gardens now.
You ever have one of those moments where you are conflicted as to what aspect of the photo should be highlighted? Should I focus on the red leaves, or the magnificent waterfall? How can I frame the waterfall with the tree? Can I frame the tree with the waterfall? Arggghhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! I think my brain imploded from the wonder of it when I took this shot. Thankfully the rest of waterfall photos for the day came out a little better.
First, the little waterfall.
We didn’t even make it to the visitor center before we were stopped in our tracks by this little waterfall and the stunning little tree sheltering it.
So vibrant, but peaceful. Further into the garden is a much larger waterfall which manages to be both overwhelming and soothing at the same time.
This was the only time I really wished they allowed tripods in the garden, I had to hold my breath to take this photo.
Then there was this moment, imperfectly captured.
I’ve had my little ups and downs and this week I finally got my arse and made plans for a photo trip with a couple of friends. We planned on going out to the Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford Illinois. Of course, when you make plans that are basically a full day trip the weather must intervene and despite the crushing drought the Midwest has suffered it was supposed to rain all day. And it did.
I refused to bow down to the whims of nature and said to my friend “Let’s go anyway, I kinda like shooting in gloomy, overcast weather anyway.” I’m glad she agreed because the gardens were absolutely phenomenal in their fall colors. We didn’t even make it to the visitor center before we were bemused and had to stop for some picture taking.
The Strolling Pond Gate:
Japanese gardens are designed for reflection, contemplation and to inspire a sense of serenity. This one did exactly that in spades. Everywhere you looked there were little moments, little windows into a new perspective. You would see the same thing from 10 different angles and it would seem new and beautiful each time.
It is actually 3 different gardens, my favorite of which is done in the style of the 13th and 14th centuries. It is complex, dense and you simply cannot see everything in one visit. It begs you to come back and explore over and over.
I suspect we’ll be making this trip again, hopefully this fall, but certainly next spring and summer!
Of course while there is always that one show-off who turns color early, there is also the stubborn hold-out who waits until all the other trees are naked before turning. Around it here it tends to be the ginkos, they’re too busy dropping foul berries all over the sidewalk to consider looking pretty.