Seattle Japanese Garden

Wander through the Seattle Japanese Garden was a delightful experience and a wonderful way to spend a cool Seattle morning.

Paved walkway, lined with bushed and trees. There is a small chain draped between walking lights to designate the path.
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

Upon entrance, I was greeted with a peaceful path and the sound of water trickling from an unseen stream.  A few different types of flowers are scattered in the distance, with bright green ferns intermingling with the trees.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

Growing up, there were four Azalea bushes lining the walkway to my home; every season there would be a burst of dark pink, white, and purple colored flowers. This was the first time I’d seen an Azalea with pink and white striped flowers; it was quite a lovely experience.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

I was struck by the beauty of this tree, and the rough bark peeled to reveal the smooth, new growth of the trunk underneath. I was reminded that we are ever-changing and evolving; each person is made up of layers, each slightly different from the last. The shedding of old skin and experiences have forged us into the new and beautiful people we are growing into.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

Rarely do I come across little streams, but the quiet lapping of the water and slow movement of the yellow flower created a beautiful moment for contemplation.

Flowers over the pond
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Water Flower
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These Japanese Water Irises had such a vibrant purple color which was only further accentuated by the green of their stems.

Overlooking the Seattle Japanese Garden
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

This photo was taken as I stood, perched on a nicely placed stone bench. The peace in this picture is further punctuated by the water, with its slight ripples from the bugs dancing above the fish and the shifting shadows from the sun’s eminent setting.  As I write, my mind brings me back, and I can almost feel the cool air kissing my skin; this location will always hold a place in my heart.

Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani
Little Seattle Squirrel
Photo Credit: Brandi Bhamani

On my way out of the garden, I heard some rustling; a glance to my right revealed a little squirrel scratching at the ground. I stooped down, watched the little creature hunting its dinner, and determined it was time to also find a little snack.


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