The Ripple Effect by Felicia Moore

For those not familiar with Portland, Oregon, the city’s Japanese Garden is one of the finest and most beautiful in the world.

According to His Excellency Nobuo Matsunaga, Ambassador from Japan to the United States at the time when he visited Portland in 1988, he proclaimed the garden to be ‘the most beautiful and authentic Japanese garden in the world outside of Japan.’ Ten years later, His Excellency Ambassador Kunihiko Saito exclaimed over the beauty of the Garden and also agreed to its authenticity stating, ‘I believe this garden to be the most authentic Japanese garden, including those in Japan.’ "

The garden is comprised of 5 separate gardens. This shot was taken in the upper flat garden. It is a place of meditation and contemplation and is said to be a place of “pleasure—spiritual and temporal” as well as a site that denotes “happiness and hospitality” as well as “enlightenment”.

I love the balance of the upper and lower images connected by the adjacent lines. To me, the dark centers represent an idea or action. The ripple effect is that which occurs from those thoughts or actions and the lines are what connect all of those thoughts, actions and their subsequent after effects together. My understanding of Japanese rock / sand garden design, however, is that they are not meant to have or convery one particular meaning, and so it is left open to each person’s own interpretation. Each time one sees it, he or she may have an entirely different response.


  • Barbara Morrison
    Barbara Morrisonalmost 7 years ago

    very nice lines and tones!

  • Miron Abramovici
    Miron Abramovicialmost 7 years ago

    Great capture!

    It begs to go in the Photo-Zen group!

  • Thank you for the recommendation, Miron! I’m not a member of that group yet, but I will look them up right away & see if I can get this photograph entered.

    – Felicia Moore

    CATNIPMEOWalmost 7 years ago

    This is great ! I thought it was crop circles at first…….but what it really is ~way cooler !

  • Thanks so much! I was wondering if it would be blatantly obvious to others what it was when they saw it. As the photographer, it’s hard not to see it for what it is, but I like that it lends itself to interpretation.

    – Felicia Moore

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamalmost 7 years ago

    Nice photo! I recognized it right away as being a sand garden. Your composition is very nice.

  • Thank you so much, Richard!

    – Felicia Moore

  • CherishAtHome
    CherishAtHomealmost 7 years ago

    Ooh… I love Portland, I’ll have to check this out next time I go there. Beautiful composition!

  • Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy the gardens as much as I do!

    – Felicia Moore

  • Duncan Waldron
    Duncan Waldronalmost 7 years ago

    I love Japanese gardens, and I love simple, graphic photography; I think both are complementary, and possibly appeal to the same basic desires. Nice balance in this image.

  • Thank you, Duncan! We could all use a little balance at times. Nice work of your own! I have favorited a couple of them.

    – Felicia Moore

  • toby snelgrove  IPA
    toby snelgrove...almost 7 years ago

    Thanks for the story .. and the image stands alone … cropping work …detail sharp … well done

  • Thank you, Toby! Your comments are all very much appreciated!

    – Felicia Moore

  • Tom Vaughan
    Tom Vaughanover 6 years ago

    so well captured! I’ve been to the Portland Chinese garden… now must see this one.

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethover 3 years ago

    gorgeous image.

  • © Hany G. Jadaa © Prince John Photography
    © Hany G. Jada...over 3 years ago

    Well balanced; well presented. Zen-like image!

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