Ft. Worth, TX is home to an incredible treasure: the Japanese Garden at the Ft. Worth Botanical Gardens. I am saddened that I only discovered this now after living in Texas for four years. As you join me on this visual journey, please remember a few things; I am a terrible photographer, I took these images on a upper-low-end point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot SD1200 iS camera, and that these have not be graphically edited. This place is so beautiful, not even I can take a bad shot.
Please click on any of the photos for a larger image.
The gardens are 7.5 acres of true beauty.
The falls are the beginning of a long, winding river that forms many pools, islands, and is crossed by various types of bridges.
A variety of permanent structures are modeled after ancient Japanese architecture.
There is also a pagoda:
And a bunch of hidden shrines and statues.
While the river is a predominate feature of the gardens, they are so large that there are plenty of non-riparian vistas as well;
including several stone gardens,
lush hidden paths,
and grassy meadows.
Of course, the garden is home to a variety of playful and friendly wildlife, the most famous of which are the Koi.
While feeding some Koi, the resident Blue Heron came to introduce himself.
He flew right at me and landed three feet away. He spent about 30 minutes grooming and fishing. At first I thought I was the recipient of a special honor to be visited by such a gentle creature. However, after an half of an hour, I decided to turn and face a different direction. When the heron realized it was no longer the center of attention, he jumped up into the tree (pictured above) so that I could continue to see him. The staff said he is very “friendly”. I think an exhibitionist is more accurate.
Warning: this movie is very anti-climatic. Unless you are an avid bird fan, the first 3 minutes will likely be sufficient.
If you don’t like green, you won’t like this place in the summer.
However, I have seen pictures online of this place in the spring, bulging with bright flowers, and in the fall, burning with brilliant reds. I hope to post a gallery like this for each of the four seasons.
While it does not make for a great picture, the following vantage point has become my favorite. I spend several hours here each visit.
That is a tea house in the distance.
If you are in the DFW area, I would strongly recommend a visit.
You never know what you will find.