Portland Japanese Garden is a magical place – beautifully tended, amazingly peaceful (thanks, partly, to a ban on cellphone use) and generally a perfect place to spend an afternoon with or without a camera.
I had seen umpteen pictures of this tree prior to our Portland visit and knew I needed a “me too” shot. I was, however, amazed to discover that the tree in question is actually tiny. I walked past it a couple of times before it dawned on me that this was the same tree so beautifully captured by Peter Lik (albeit in a better season). The tree can’t be any more than 5 feet tall at its highest point and you have to sit on the ground with a very low tripod to take this shot.