I shot some photos at the Portland Japanese Garden and it really does live up to it’s reputation as a haven of tranquil beauty. The five gardens were peaceful and serene, and relatively uncrowded given that I was visiting on a Sunday afternoon. Well worth a visit!
Entrance to the garden is via a traditional low wooden gateway reminding visitors of their stature compared to the grand space they are about to enter.
The Heavenly Falls in the Strolling Pond Garden provides an aural and visual backdrop to the lower pond, holding more than 50 koi.
Koi are gregarious, preferring company and will swim together in formation. Although peaceful, they feed aggressively. Watching the boil of Koi at feeding time is fun and exhilarating.
Whatever the tasks, do them slowly with ease, In mindfulness. Dont do any tasks in order to get them over with. Resolve to do each job in a relaxed way, with all your attention. -Thich Nhat Hanh