Monday, July 28, 2014

Our World Tuesday: The Japanese Garden at the New Hanover County Arboretum

Every time we pass through, Adella and I stop at the New Hanover County Arboretum to check out the flowers and the garden designs.  The rose garden is a delight, and no doubt about it:

Still, my favorite section is the Japanese garden, where there are hidden paths and little waterfalls, bridges, and a tea house:

There is also a Zen garden.  Though this photo, below, does not show it clearly, the gravel is raked in patterns around the rocks to represent the flow of water.  However, the flow of water from the sky added it's own flair to this abstract work, suggesting a cross current outlined in wood chips.

 Rocks have symbolic significance in Zen gardens.  While the meaning can vary from garden to garden, the arrangement of three rocks in a small space defined by an enclosure is pretty common.  Sometimes a flat rock will represent turtle island, another one will represent a meditation space, and an upright rock will represent a waterfall.  Sometimes the vertical rock represents Buddha, and they flat rocks represent his disciples.  Maybe it just depends on who's nearby doing the thinking.  Maybe it doesn't matter.

Anyway, here's to beautiful spaces the world over.

Our World Tuesday

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Today's Flowers: The Color of Summer Heat

Dad's been emailing me about the weather in Pennsylvania being unseasonably cold at night and even pretty mild for daytime during the summer.  Here in North Carolina, the weather was mild until right now.  Now the heat, humidity, and stillness that make me lazy as a dog have arrived.  Tomorrow will be something else, of course, but for now we have summer the way it's supposed to be.  I have found a color to match.

Today's Flowers

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Skywatch Friday: My Favorite Skies

Gray skies tend to clear the beach and leave some peace and quiet for the pelicans, who own it, after all.  It's always maic to see them.

 Adella and I like to take the ride down to Topsail to take pictures, walk around, and stop into the Quartermoon Bookstor for books and smoothies and nice conversations with the ladies there.
This building is now a meeting hall and the Missiles and More museum depicting the history of the island--especially Operation Bumblebee, the Navy's secret guided missile operation after World War II.  The skies are gorgeous, no doubt about it.

Skywatch Friday

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Guns-N-TV's

I question both the capitalization and the punctuation--and everything else.  All that aside, though, there's a story here.