Flowers are an amazing gift of the Creator. They come in all shapes, sizes, and hues. I am always amazed at their diversity. For me as an artist I can enjoy the flowers where ever they might pop up. As I am walking around my neighborhood and I discover some beautiful flowers in terracotta pots in a tiny frontside garden. Or I can be biking along and break upon seeing some lovely weeds that are in bloom in an abandoned distresses lot. You see, the beauty is found everywhere.
Then there are the gardens. Gardens are where man and the Creator come together in harmony. Man takes what the Creator has given us in the beautiful diversity of flora and fauna and creates a hyper-real environment for humans to enjoy. Man tenderly cares for the garden by watering, pruning and taking care of those plants that catch a cold. The garden and grounds of Kawamura DIC Memorial Museum is one of those places.
The land has been catered to by the hands of human gardeners. Some areas have been left in a rather raw state so that the visitor can appreciate what the area must have been like in the sticks of Chiba Prefecture 100 years ago. Other areas have water gardens where lilies and lotuses thrive.
As we wandered around the gardens and grounds, I became attracted to the most minute of the flora in the park. For all I know that may actually been unintentional weeds that had yet to be pulled by the gardeners hand. But they are so beautiful, that I had to get down to the grounds level in order to fully appreciate them. There tiny elephant shaped ears that were translucent in the noon day sun. Or the spiked purple headed wonder that had sprung up on a corner of the path. And finally to the wonderful white lilies that floated so effortlessly on the surface of the pond.
I am thankful for all the species of flowers in the world, in the same way that I a grateful for all the humans in the world. Who would want to live in a world with only one kind of flower? Therefore, we should celebrate our diversity. See the beauty in what is different. See humans as the beautiful creations as the the flowers in the garden.