Fall colors in the Ordway Japanese Garden

Ordway Japanese garden fall 11379_StaatsThere are so many lovely “hidden gems” in the Twin Cities, and one just happens to be in my neighborhood.  Como Park, which includes a conservatory, zoo, carousel, golf course, lake, swimming pool, picnic areas, and many trails, also holds a lovely Japanese garden tucked away down a winding path.  In the early morning hours with the colors of autumn on display, I found myself humbled and amazed at the quiet and the beauty in the garden.  The fallen leaves seemed to have a purpose in their random display, as if saying that all is right in this changing landscape.  The colors spoke to me, begging to be remembered as they will be quickly replaced with the white of snow.  This year’s change of seasons has been hurried, yet here in the Japanese garden there was a stillness and quiet reminding me that each season holds its own purpose and to trust in the changes of fall prior to the long nights of winter.

Morning rain in the Japanese garden

Morning rain in the Japanese garden 7D_2197_StaatsI spent the morning at Como Park in the McNeely Conservatory and the Ordway Japanese Garden.  Although we had the promise of bright sunshine and hot and humid weather for the day, the morning was cool and cloudy.  The light was actually quite beautiful for photographing.  I spent a half hour in the Japanese garden and was preparing to leave when I heard the sound of raindrops hitting the pond.  As beautiful as the sound was, the sight of the large drops punctuating the calm water’s surface was delightful.  I stayed through the rain showers and continued to photograph, enjoying the freshness of the rain, the cool of the morning, and the peacefulness and beauty that I found in the garden.