Back in the summer I was working in San Jose and went by a formal Chinese Garden in one of its parks. It was very interesting as I have mostly seen Japanese Gardens and one walled Chinese Garden in Portland. While there are similar plants and design themes, you could tell there were subtle differences but not be able to put your finger on what exactly those are.
The entry gate was spectacular
It had a nautical theme
The entry area was very formal
With wildlife galore
A very old maple
There were several large ponds, usually with islands in the middle, like this one with the emanating concentric circles
This bridge was so vibrant
I think this shot gives it justice
A little hill with sitting area
What is this fluffy tree?
I think they call it a smoke tree
A heron or egret on the rocks, I think it is a rescue bird
And some ducks
Lots of koi as well
Very zen, no?
This pond was very smooth
This stone was full of sparkling minerals
The walkway crosses the ‘creek’
Which then cascades into another pond
A zigzag bridge, asian gardens often stay away from straight line bridges
Some flowering lotus
A yellow close-up
Another beautiful bird preening
Big, old, fat koi
Turtle island with bonsai style pine
Another beautiful cascade
Next time, an urban farm remnant of the Santa Clara Valley’s agricultural past.