Saturday, September 28, 2013

Killing A Few Minutes In Long Beach at a Koi Pond/Japanese Garden

by Steve Reiss (Dalmdad Landscape Photography - www.dalmdad.com and https://www.facebook.com/Dalmdad.)

If you happen to be near Cal State - Long Beach, on any day other than Monday or Saturday, and have 10 minutes or so to kill, visit the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden.  As for the "10 minutes to kill", I am not being sarcastic, this garden is very small.

Though this is a Japanese garden, it lacks some of the major attractions of any Japanese Garden.  There were no cherry blossoms and there were no banzai trees.  There were a couple of weeping willows and some local trees trying to be bent into banzai form.

Foot bridge with Weeping Willows

Cattails

Cattails

Cattails
Foot Bridge

The prime attraction of the Garden is the koi pond.  The pond is well stocked with koi of all ages.  The koi are used to being hand-fed by kids and even reach out above the waterline to receive the food that is sold on-site.  This was the first time I got so close to koi that I noticed their little barbels on the side of the mouth.  

Koi

Koi

Koi


Koi

Heron Watching Koi

Koi

Koi above the surface

Another interesting resident of the garden was this very red dragonfly...



 

Last but not least, was this blue heron that was flying around the garden area...

Heron Flying Across the Pond
Happy Heron
Heron Still Flying Across

Heron

Wet Necked Heron

Heron

Heron


The complete collection of photos from this trip can be found at our Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden flickr set.


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