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Japanese Garden in high contrast

Japanese Garden through a tea house window

Japanese Garden through a tea house window

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. It was a perfect day to tour this garden, not too hot and there were a lot of birds around. My mother can’t see well enough to track them anymore but she could hear them squawking: cormorants, egrets, grebes, mallards and more. I thought this garden would be another place to experiment with the Ricoh GR in high contrast black and white mode, lots of sun/shade contrast, lots of texture, and plenty of odd shapes. Fun.

Rock and raked sand

Rock and raked sand

Mallards and tree reflection

Mallards and tree reflection

Rocks and waterfall

Rocks and waterfall

Cormorant and tree reflection

Cormorant and tree reflection

Hedge waves

Hedge waves

Grass

Grass

Rock and raked sand

Rock and raked sand

Bird of paradise

Bird of paradise

Male mallard on our pond

Male mallard on our pond

Warren, Connecticut. This was my submission to The New York Times’ A Moment in Time project this morning.

We have a pair of mallards that come to our pond to mate each year. This year they’re sharing the pond with a pair of wood ducks as well but today the mallards were here. Just after I took this the male got agitated and flew away.