Zen diptych (Suiseki and Light Ring)
Rock at Shofukuji Temple (the birthplace of Zen Buddhism), Fukuoka, Japan.‘Suiseki’ means 'water stone' in Japanese. It also refers to the Japanese art form of creating a miniature landscapes in a tray of water or sand featuring a stone that resembles a land form, such as an island or mountain. In this case, a mountain with a waterfall tumbling down it's side. It was about 2 feet tall.
This koi image was the catalyst for the entire “Hidden Places” series because it required seeing beyond what was visible. A light reflection on the surface of the water seemed to be a brush stroke illustrating the movement of the fish. I took at least 100 photos in this fishpond before finally capturing what appeared to be a koi blowing a light ring.