Jo’s Monday Walk: Portland Japanese Garden

“There is no garden in which greater respect is paid to nature than in the Japanese garden.”

~ Johann Kraftner

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The most important material in the Japanese garden is stone. It symbolizes an island in the sea or an animal or gods who have descended from heaven.

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The raked gravel or pebbles represents the stormy sea, with its dynamic images of the waves.

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Another element is moss. It’s a symbol of age and honor. There is almost nothing more beautiful than a bank of moss in the flat light of the evening sun.

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The tea ceremony stands for a path of life and should. The four underlying principles of the tea ceremony are harmony, respect, purity, and tranquility.

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The longing for harmony ends in complete conformity with nature and an understanding for impermanence of existence.

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Reference: Johann Kraftner ” The Elegant Garden”

Visit Jo’s Walk: Captain Cook’s Monument and enjoy the glorious view and trail walk.

Thank you for visiting. Have a great week! :)

WPC: Dialogue


 A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves – strong, powerful, beautiful


- and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.

~Pam Brown, an Australian poet

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Happy weekend! :)


Monochrome Madness Week: 26



Leanne posted 55 submissions for her six month anniversary MM. You gonna see many fantastic monochrome photos. Take a look!

According to Agnes, the original Stelvio pass was built in 1820–25 by the Austrian Empire to connect the former Austrian province of Lombardia with the rest of Austria, covering a climb of 1,871 m (6,138 ft).  Agnes is giving us a ride.. Really, really incredible!!!

Thank you for visiting :)

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roads

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Aqueduct of Segovia was constructed to transport water between Rio Frio to Segovia. It runs some 17 km (11 mi) from the city in La Acebeda region, and another 15 km (9.3 mi) before arriving in the city. Walking on the street along the aqueduct was a wonderful experience.

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My fondest memory of Sevilla was wandering through those beautiful narrow winding streets, and I didn’t mind to got lost. :)

See Cee’s Fun Foto and more entries…


Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge


– Snapseed

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– FX Studio

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I actually changed the daytime shot into a night image. How did I do it??

Thanks go to Sally for her encouragement and inspiring images. Visit Sally’s Street Photography and other entries…

I so enjoy watching different, cool, and fun animation designs.  See Jake’s creative animated artworks, including animals, waterfalls, river,… I love this one, take a look, click here

Thank you for stopping by! :)


Jo’s Monday Walk: Zilker Park, Austin


Zilker Metropolitan Park is considered “Austin’s most-loved park.” This 351-acre park is home to a variety of recreational activities.


During the weekend, people are playing fetch with their dogs, soccer, fitness camps, and volleyball in this beautiful green field.


The river, lake, trails in Austin post I did a week ago for Jo’s Monday Walk was east side of the city. Last Saturday, we took a walk through the west side, where the Zilker Park is located.

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There are a few resting shady spots by the river and along the park trail, where people can take a break from walking or jogging and watch birds.birds4



Birds are pretty happy here, but it’s not always so peaceful though. Here you can see a little bird was making a splash right in front of the swan and her kid, and mother swan was very much annoyed by that. :)


It truly was a pleasant Saturday morning!


The Zilker Park was named after its benefactor Andrew Jackson Zilker, who donated the land to the city in 1917. It was developed into the park during the Great Depression in the 1930s.

This week Jo’s takes us to the village of Giverny. You really don’t want to miss it!


Thank you for stopping by. Have a great week :)

Baths of Lady María de Padilla


The Baths of Lady Maria de Padilla at the Alcázar of Seville are rainwater tanks beneath the Patio del Crucero.

Visit Ailsa’s Travel theme :Orange


We have time for everything…

We have time …
We have time for everything

To sleep, or to be all over the place,
To regret mistakes and do them again,
To judge others and find excuses for ourselves,


We have time to kill a dream and recreate it later,
We have time to make friends, and lose them,

We have time to get lessons and forget them later on,
We have time to get gifts and not understand them.

We have time for everything.

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But we don’t have time for a little kindness…

Octavian Paler (July 2, 1926 – May 7, 2007) was a Romanian writer, politician, journalist and civil society activist.

Read more of this poem, please visit Seeker’s “In between times …is NOW“.  Seeker’s blog is known for covering great stories, wonderful readings, and her insights, where you can be inspired.

Have an enjoyable Sunday :)

Fray Milkweed


The milkweed gets its name from the seed pods that look like the horns of an antelope. Its scientific name is Asclepias asperula. 


At the end of summer or fall, pods turn brown, then burst open to let out fluffy seeds.


The leaves of milkweeds are the primary food source for the Monarch caterpillar and the flowers provide a nectar source for the adult butterfly that has a high glucose content. Monarch Butterflies, Milkweed Bugs, and Milkweed Leaf Beetles only eat weed, can not survive without it.


  • The sticky, milky sap in the stems and leaves contains poisonous cardiac glycosides. But it’s this very toxicity that makes antelope horns and other species of milkweed important host plants for monarch butterflies. Monarch caterpillars are immune to the poison, which they absorb as they feed on milkweeds, making the insects unpalatable and poisonous to predators.
  • In Texas, milkweeds are crucial to monarch survival because they are host plants for migrating generations coming up in the spring from wintering grounds in Mexico. Unlike the generation before them, which made a one-generation journey south, successive generations make the journey north, and most of the first new generation starts in Texas.

More WPC Fray entries:

Monochrome Madness 25: Bridge

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– Austin, Texas

I have done three black and white posts so far this week; one was for Cee, the other one for Sally’s Phoneography, and this one is for Leanne’s weekly MM. B&W photography is a new to me. With your encouraging comments and support, I’m loving it. :)

I took the first shot when I was walking up to the bridge from a trail. After crossing the bridge, I looked back and saw the river was flowing in front of the bridge, the trees graciously framed the scene, and the sunlight was coming through the trees. I really wanted to capture this scene.

If you are interested in monochrome, you don’t want to miss Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY. There you can enjoy the weekly monochrome photos submitted by over 50 participants.

One click, it took me to LD’s “Cry of the owls“. His two B&W photos truly are “perfection at its finest”.


Happy Thursday! :)