Flowers & Trees- Oh my!

I'd like to take this moment to go back to my trip to Japan, just one last time... 

I think part of the reason I fell in love with the trees, flowers & general flora of Japan is thanks to my oriental painting class. Most of the leaves and trees I have been studying painting, I had never seen in real life. To me, they felt like an exaggeration of a leaf/tree.
My excitement upon my first encounter with trees in a park was not contained: here I was in the presence of trees I thought didn't exist, of shapes and sizes that were only in the minds of oriental painters. 

Step into "my" garden, right this way....

Tree stars!
It took a lot of courage to take this picture- I HATE butterflies. 
But it was a rather pretty sight...

Delicate and vibrant colours :)

I don't know if this was some kind of butterfly, fly or alien creature but it was rad.

Some of my favourite trees

Now I feel like going for a stroll in a garden, perhaps a picnic by a pond too?


  1. oh wow, these are gorgeous. that must be really awesome to see it in real life when you've been painting them on canvas before. it really is something like i've never seen before. it looks like you had an amazing time!

    1. Thank you- it was a lot of fun! :)

  2. awesome pics mariana! oh so talented!

    1. Aww, thank you! ;)
      These are just 'alright' though hehe.