Lan Su Chinese Garden

The Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon represents a collaboration between the cites of Portland and Suzhou in China’s Jiangsu province.  The garden is an authentic Ming Dynasty style garden built by 65 Suzhou artisans on a block of Portland’s historic Chinatown district.  My family visited the Portland Japanese Garden earlier in the day.  Two wonderful photography opportunities in the same day!

Courtyard of Tranquility Vignette 1
Courtyard of Tranquility Vignette 1
Hall of Brocade Clouds Vignette
Hall of Brocade Clouds Vignette
Courtyard of Tranquility Vignette 2
Courtyard of Tranquility Vignette 2
Stonework Pathway Composition 2
Stonework Pathway Composition 2
Moon Locking Pavilion Pond Vignette 1
Moon Locking Pavilion Pond Vignette 1
Moon Locking Pavilion Pond Vignette 2
Moon Locking Pavilion Pond Vignette 2

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden, pt 3

Third post of monochrome compositions from the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. To see more monochrome compositions visit my Portland Japanese Garden gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden

Around 2001, I decided to build a Japanese water garden in my backyard.  I studied and planned for almost a year.  I learned as much as I could about the traditional Japanese garden, how to use plants, water and rock to reflect the natural world. Over the years my knowledge and appreciation of Japanese culture has grown. As such, a top destination during the family vacation to Oregon last summer was the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Lantern Composition 2
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Koi Pond Abstract 1
Japanese Lantern Composition 3
Japanese Lantern Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Old Town Portland Cityscapes

During our stay in Portland, we visited the Old Town district, the original urban core on the Williamette River.  Our day included a stroll along the waterfront, a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden (to be featured in a future post), Old Town Pizza, Voodoo Donuts and finally a tour of the haunted Shanghai Tunnels Portland Underground.

Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
NW Couch St Composition
NW Couch St Composition
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, click on a image to see the high resolution version. Thank you stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Monkey Puzzle Tree

Araucaria araucana, or monkey puzzle tree, is native to the south-central Andes of Chile and Argentina.  The leaves of this confer are thick and appear as triangular scales encircling the tentacle like branch, the pattern similar in structure to a pine cone.  While the leaves last on average 24 years, the tree can live as long as 1000 years. 

Monkey Puzzle Tree 1
Monkey Puzzle Tree 1

Its English name was derived during its early cultivation in Britain in the mid-1800s.  While visiting an estate in Cornwall, a lawyer noted his friend’s specimen tree “would puzzle a monkey to climb that”.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 2
Monkey Puzzle Tree 2

The round globes are the female cones.  Indigenous people in Chile and Argentina continue to harvest the edible seeds.  Our Airbnb in Portland was named after this specimen. I am impressed on how striking this tree works as a monochrome composition.

Monkey Puzzle Tree 3
Monkey Puzzle Tree 3

Thanks for stopping by today. To appreciate the character of this tree, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.