Lens-Artists Challenge #249- Art in the Park (and other places)

This week, John (Journeys with Johnbo) gives an opportunity to share photos of public arts in a park, a parking lot, an outdoor theater, a street corner, etc.

This photo below says so much about the joys of travel and the discovery of various cultures.

This photograph was displyed at the San Francisco Airport. Itsays so much about the joy of travel and the discovery of various cultures. .

At the Fort Worth Botanical Garden, ZimSculpt features more than 100 exquisite sculptures by contemporary Zimbabwean artists.

Below is an annual fun display series spreading out at the garden. These creative displays (not art) have brought a lot of smiles to kids and adults:


Last year, the theme was bugs. The year before, it was lego bird displays:

At the Naita Airport of Tokyo:

Chihiro Hasunuma was appointed to create new value by using environmentally friendly materials. She uses old clothes and discarded suitcase/ baggage carts to create various sculptures and wall decorations. There were many other beautiful artworks by her at the terminal. But with my backpack, carry-on luggage, and hand bag, it was challenging to stop and take photos. I managed to click just a couple of photos.

John encouraged us to look around in your hometown or places we have traveled to find interesting pieces of art.  What a fun and inspiring theme, John! I really enjoy those public arts John selected.  Hope you will join us. Be sure to link to John’s site and tag “Lens-Artists”, so we can find your post.

Many thanks to Sofia for her mood theme. I have learned this photograph element from her and your creative photos. I’ll host next week’s theme. See you soon!


Anecdote #6: Recycle in Japan

People take recycling seriously in Japan. There are alway 5 different recycling bins in the convenience store by the door and sometimes you can find them at the train station. Residents have to wash/dry the bottles and plastic food bags/containers before putting it into their sorted recycling bins.

The report through googling shows the PET bottle recycling rate was 84.7% in 2020 in Japan (US 29% in 2019).

KAMIKATSU has a Zero Waste Center where residents can sort their garbage into 45 categories (nine ways to sort paper products alone). Their goal is to achieve zero-waste, currently the recycle rate is 80%.  —Washington Post

Cee’s FOTD: Butterfly-Flower

Butterfly-flower is a species in the genus Iris

These were captured at the Tokyo National Garden in Toko.


Anecdote #5: Convenience Stores

Starbucks is popular in some of the Tokyo areas. You also can find 7-11 and Family Store just  across the street from Starbucks. Normally, these stores are located within a block from a hotel. These small convenience stores have almost everything, e.g.umbrellas, toothbrushes, make-ups, masks, drugs, milk/yogurt, besides, coffee and breakfast/lunch packages with a small eating area. On a rainy day, these stores, hotels, and other retails put umbrellas outside for people to use. It’s convenient especially for travelers.

Wonderful choices for breakfast in a small 7-11 store, and you can choose and make you own coffee or tea.

Bird of the Week XI: Pelican

Here is my entry for this week:

The pelican at the beach of Florida. The brown pelican is the only species that dive-bombs into the water to catch fish.

Texas white pelican at the Gulf Coast.  They are one of the largest birds in North America with an impressive 9 foot wingspan.

They do not dive from the air for fish like Brown Pelicans.

IJ ecourages us to post bird photos, “There aren’t many places on WordPress where bird watchers can share posts.”. If you join us visit IJ’s site and to learn more about birds. 🙂


Anecdote #4: Trees in Japan

It is easy to notice how much Japanese love trees. Here you see the trees are carefully planted  along the street.

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