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Sansho-En - Garden of Three Islands

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 30 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Sansho-en is a Japanese-style garden that reaches across three islands and encompasses the surrounding lake at Chicago Botanic Gradens. It is a place of serene beauty, designed for quiet contemplation and appreciating nature throughout the seasons. Dedicated in 1982, the 17-acre garden was developed to provide an opportunity for visitors to experience one of the great horticultural art forms of the world without leaving the Midwest.

Pictured, people are crossing what is known as the "Zig Zag Bridge." This modern interpretation of a farmer’s humble bridge links the two islands of Keiunto and Seifuto and offers views of the Waterfall Garden and Shoin Building (far right). Just make sure you have your head down as you cross the bridge or you'll walk right off the bridge and fall into the water.

Photo captured at Chicago Botanic Gardens on May 22, 2010.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/160 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a lovely concept this is . . such tranquility in Japanese garden design - although I am not used to seeing them on this huge scale !

30 Aug 2010 10:46am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

Successful HDR. Nice!

30 Aug 2010 10:49am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

This must be a gorgeous place to visit ! Nice capture Steven :) Have a great day.

30 Aug 2010 11:42am

Antoine from France

Gorgeous. Superb photo. Colors and contrast are very beautiful. Have a lovely day Steven.

30 Aug 2010 1:36pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

So picturesque!!!

30 Aug 2010 3:04pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This definitely has a "painterly" effect, like a giant canvass.

30 Aug 2010 3:39pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Wow, this is an amazing piece of work Steven. Your HDR processing is magical, and this place you've shown us is even moreso. Now I have a new reason to visit Chicago again one day. I want to see this place.

30 Aug 2010 3:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is a lovely shot of the Japanese garden. I like the pine tree framing. The gardens are among my favorite things in Japan along with the temples, shrines and castles.

30 Aug 2010 7:04pm

@Steve Rice: Ah yes! That's right. I should have known based on your aminus3 web address! ;-)

wolfen from Villefranche s/s, France

Un traitement très réussi !

30 Aug 2010 9:01pm

Dutçh from Chicagoland, United States

Like a book illustration!

31 Aug 2010 12:02am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, Canada

What a beautiful spot. I love those intense colours.

31 Aug 2010 2:35am

Sunder from Chennai, India

Superb view and a great capture...
Love the diagonal branches and colourfully dressed people..
Violets in the foreground adds beauty and the background looks "painted"( any special processing here?)
Great Job,Steve

31 Aug 2010 3:02am

@Sunder: Processing was High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging. I use the program Photomatix to process in HDR.

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

Oh my goodness its hard to believe that u took this picture with a camera and not an artistic painting worth a fortune !

31 Aug 2010 3:27am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Ah, Zig-Zag Bridge !

18 Jul 2015 12:47pm