(for a Prints of this photo see DC PRINT and DC CALENDAR)
a Deer Chaser (Shishi Odoshi) in the Morikami Gardens
in Delray Beach, FL
I love, love, love this photo. It lights me up with
a smile and totally energizes me. Part of it I think
are the contrasts and the shadows on the bamboo and,
of course, the water is healing.
One of the things that caught my eye and had me start
taking this and other photos of this scene was your
response to the water droplets from the immature blue
heron's beak in Issue
90 of Picture to Ponder.
Water is said
to be vital in Japanese gardens, with the deer
chaser (Shishi Odoshi) fountain being a feature in
many. Water pours from the top bamboo pole into the
lower one which, when full, drops down, emptying,
and making a sound when it hits the rock below.
So that you can see the full effect, I've created
Chaser web page, with photos of a couple of different
stages of the filling and emptying. In addition to
the information linked in the last paragraph, I also
found several other sources of bamboo and deer chaser
Japapese fountains through google.
For pictures of Morikami Waterfalls, see Issue 95.
READER COMMENTS ON THE LAST ISSUE - Issue
"Way cool. I love
this photo Sheila. There is something almost ugly
about the top of this Banana pod, and that is what
makes the entire thing so stunning. It is always easy
to love your flower photos; this photo makes you slow
down and really look at what is before you. I like
beauty like this that you have to delve into. Maybe
you guys saw a prize fighter because that is another
rough beauty that is not for everyone." Rebecca
Most interesting, Becca; though I'm not so sure I
see beauty in a prize fighter. I think I probably
more saw the society lady that Mary saw, or perhaps
it was the Phantom of Opera with fur.
"At first I saw a military man with (large) epaulets,
but then "he" morphed into a society lady
with a fur capelet and a hood. Going out to the theatre,
Well, so much for my idea of bunches of bananas. They
actually grow upside down to what I was thinking,
and I had no idea about the pod. What a strange tree."
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