Van Nuys

Ginkgo on lotus

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a high contrast JPEG right out of the Ricoh GR, the RAW, even with aggressive processing didn’t look as “painterly” as this so I chose this one.

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We returned to this great garden and while my 99 year old mother is mostly experiencing it through memory (she can’t walk or see well anymore) she enjoyed being wheeled around the paths.

The many ginkgo trees were shedding enough leaves so there were dried ginkgo leaves on lots of surfaces, including lotus leaves on a small pond.

Ginkgo on lotus

This image is a RAW image out of the Ricoh GR with minimal processing except to choose a monochrome preset I built in Lightroom for these kinds of shots. Lots of great texture here and the JPEG out of camera didn’t show it.

Looking up at bamboo

Looking up at bamboo

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California.

It was extremely hot at the Japanese Garden when we visited on Monday and there were only a few birds and the plants looked pretty beaten down by the heat. I’d been meaning to try to get some images of the small bamboo grove they have there so these are my first go at it. These are high contrast JPEGs processed in the Ricoh GR. I have the RAWs but I really liked this processing better for these shots.

Looking up at bamboo

Looking up at bamboo

Lotus

Lotus

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. We visited this great garden again yesterday. Even though I’m not sure what my now 99 + year old mother can see and hear there, she always wants to go. The lotuses are in bloom although I tend to like the lily pads in their decomposed state better for my kind of photography. Still, there’s nothing like a lotus flower to show off what makes a flower a flower (think sex organs).

Lotus

Lotus leaves

Lotus leaves

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. I’ve been discombobulated enough lately that I forgot to unload my camera on my last outing in Los Angeles a week ago.

It’s not a good sign when you take some pictures and forget to unload them from your camera. No doubt this happens to all of us but it’s bothersome to catch one’s self forgetting.

Sigh.

I do like this image and I remember taking it (thank god).

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

Decaying lotus leaves

Decaying lotus leaves

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. I forgot to unload my camera after my last trip to Los Angeles and just found these images which I like very much. There isn’t a lot of new stuff to see at the Japanese Garden this time of year (too hot) but this lotus pond continues to display forms that fascinate me.

I’d love to wade into it to get better shots but in fact, this pond is part of a sewage treatment plant (the entire garden is) and I don’t think it would be the best idea.

Lotus leaf in pond

Birds at The Japanese Garden

Two coots

Japanese Garden, Van Nuys, California. The Japanese Garden is a little gem, right next to a water reclamation (sewage treatment) plant, it’s a beautifully designed and maintained traditional Japanese garden right in the middle of Los Angeles. We’ve visited this garden many times but today there were more birds than ever.

These are coots which not only make some wonderful sounds, they have amazing feet, sort of a hybrid of talons and webbed duck feet.

Coots coming on land

My mother in the wheelchair thought they might attack but they just marched past us heading for a lawn they like to graze on.

Cute coot feet

This is the “money shot” on the coot feet, they’re from another planet. Check them out here.

Coots grazing

Here we can see what those talons are for: they’re pecking and scratching around for (worms?) on land but they also eat seaweed in the water. Amazing little birds.

Black-crowned night heron fishing

This Black-Crowned night heron was sitting there motionless and we almost missed him as we crossed this bridge. We stood here for ten minutes hoping he’d find a fish to catch but he only shifted his feet and butt around and never looked up at us. This is a big bird, at least 18″ long. There are also a few great blue herons at the garden.

Snowy egret fishing

We saw one large great egret and many smaller Snowy egrets like this one fishing across the waterway from the night heron.