Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

Roof Garden

A neighbor’s living wall and roof garden is my submission to this weeks challenge. Saturated, colorful and alive. Hope you get inspired as I am with going “green”.



Garden Series: A Final Salute

A cool music video to end this series, simply using flowers in the artist’s bedroom, a camera, soundtract and time. Thanks for viewing and I greatly appreciate your comments.

PS> I have requested experts to help me identify the plants featured in this series, and will update them soon for your reference. Thanks Sam, CJ and Ren. Cheers!

Garden Series: Ode to a Flower

Ode to a Flower
by Richard Feynman

I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty.

First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe…

I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.

Garden Series: The Girl and the Peony

CJ and Ren, both Master Gardeners from East Grand Rapids, MI, welcomed me warmly to their wonderful home and gave me a private tour of their amazing garden, along with “Holly”, their gorgeous Golden Retriever. For the next few days I will be posting a Garden Series in their honor.


I asked CJ what her favorite flower or plant was in their garden, and she answered, “Peonies“. This picture will always remind me of them, as I look forward to a beautiful start of a budding friendship. Cheers!

Garden Sculpture