We’re getting into that time of year when the local nature exhibits start advertising. I used to have a membership to the Portland Japanese Garden. I had to give it up when I retired due to financial limitations but not before I had thoroughly photographed the gardens. It’s a beautiful place tucked away in Washington Park just up the hill from the Portland Rose Gardens. They share the same parking lots. My one regret is that one of its boundaries runs alone the major highway so if you’re on that side of the garden you can see traffic racing along madly to nowhere. Other than that the garden is the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan itself.
One of the main natural features of the garden is a double tiered waterfall that empties into a rock line pond with a small bridge and plenty of lily pads. The garden is meticulously maintained so that the water is crystal clear and clean. The garden staff has stocked the pond with coy that have grown to way beyond your fishbowl sized goldfish. It’s all very beautiful and serene.