Peace and Rivalry in a Japanese Friendship Garden

My Beloved, our local grandchildren, and I took advantage of perfect weather to see some sights at our local Japanese Friendship garden. It was a relaxing and quiet adventure.

Riley was so enchanted by the many huge multi-colored Koi that I startled her when I called her name to take her photo. She recovered quickly and smiled.

A lone mallard hen was getting a lot of attention from four males. That’s a recipe for at least three unhappy males. I believe the stern look in the above photo makes clear what this male thinks of the situation.

May your days be filled with blessings.




About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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6 Responses to Peace and Rivalry in a Japanese Friendship Garden

  1. utesmile says:

    How wonderful. So great you live near some grandchildren, Tiley has a lovely smile. I remember when she was born. How time flies.
    Have a beautiful day, Russ.

  2. JanBeek says:

    I love that smile – and the photo of the lone mallard hen. Beautiful! So glad you’re enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful Japanese garden. ❤

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