Magnolias, Part 2

Two days after blooming, magnolia petals are blanketing the ground. These are the same trees seen in yesterday’s days post. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Soapstone Valley, Part 1

While this looks like Maine, this is Soapstone Valley Park in Washington, D.C. This stream is a tributary of Rock Creek, which flows through the city and into the Potomac River. Rock Creek Park became the third Federally managed park in America in 1890 and covers 1,754 acres in D.C. Click on the image for a larger view.

Sacred Spaces, Part 2

The entrance to Atago Jinja, founded in 1603, marked by the shinto Tori gate or Torii. Built on one of the highest points in Edo overlooking the bay (26 m, 85 ft.), the shrine was famous for its views. Today, that view is obscured by buildings. The fire god Homusubi-no-mikoto is the main deity, reflecting how deadly and feared fires were to the Edo population. From the book Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Emptiness: Tokyo Landscapes. Click on the image for a larger view.