This is a scene from last Friday in UBC Botanical Garden’s Nitobe Memorial Garden.
The garden has been tended by curator Ryo Sugiyama since 2010. I don’t visit the garden often enough, but when I do find time, it seems that Ryo has made some significant but “hidden” change. That is, the change will be hidden to the eyes of a new visitor because it was done seamlessly and professionally–it looks like that is the way it has always been. I sometimes find it a bit disconcerting. I briefly question my memory of the place, but then find that Ryo has made yet another improvement: “Didn’t there used to be a tree here? Ah, there’s more light bouncing off the rocks in the streambed now!” From a photographic perspective, it’s been a joy to witness the patient rejuvenation of this special place. Thanks, Ryo!