MY ZEN GARDEN
My Zen Garden Photographs
Peace in my own backyard
I remember the first time I walked in my garden before I bought my home many years ago. I felt a sort of spiritual and peaceful feeling as I walked the many cobblestone paths. The home is an authentic mid-century home with one side lined with glass windows and it is always light inside.
The garden is what made me buy the house along with the peace and quiet that came with it. I rarely hear a sound and love to read back there on my favorite bench and just hear the birds sing. When I woke up this morning I had a strong urge to go outside and catch the light with my regular digital Canon PowerShot. There was a few clouds in the sky that seemed to illuminate the light and I started clicking away. Since it is always sunny here where I live (I have not seen Winter yet ;), it is hard to see the definition in the plants when the light is so bright.
Growing up in Los Angeles for most of my life left me with a feeling of "constant chaos." There was always noise outside even when I lived near the beach. I would hear the ocean waves when I woke up but I would also hear my neighbors gardeners yelling and buzzing leaf blowers and whatever else they were doing. Afterall a lot of people there were only concerned with "appearances" and not a good nights sleep. I rarely ever slept a whole night without something waking me up outside. I now live towards Santa Barbara and I'm in a small town where people take care of their own homes and do their own gardening. If a gardner does come it does not happen at a ridiculous hour in the morning. Anyway, without going on and on about my heaven here (I always worry that someone will ruin the peace eventually), I will just leave you with some pictures of my garden. Maybe this will inspire you to go and take some pictures of your surroundings or to just pick up a good book and relax. Let's be thankful for such beautiful things and the paintings all around us.