I guess I lived 12 years in San Jose without know the existence of the Japanese Friendship Garden in Kelley Park. Was I that busy that I didn’t take the time to explore all of San Jose. I did find Hakone Gardens in Saratoga and many other places in West San Jose, but never took time to explore South San Jose.

When you visit the Friendship Garden, be prepared for a walk. It is expansive. Most Japanese gardens I have visited are compact and less rambling. The pond is also long and rambling. It didn’t open until 10 a.m. By the time I got there, parked, paid for my parking and gathered what I would need for the shoot, it was about 10:30 a.m. The sun was already streaming down brightly.

The surprises in the garden were a Canadian goose family and a great egret. Left with only one gosling, the geese protected their baby by hissing at anyone who walked by. The egret was fishing and couldn’t care less about us humans.

It was a pleasant morning, and I appreciated being out. Photography has helped me learn more about the Sacramento area, and now it’s helping see more of San Jose as I visit my dear friends.

Here are some of the images. This will be a 2-part post.


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