It’s the first of the month, so there’s a new Hot Flash on the Hot Flashes page.
In the summer of 2007, my husband and I took a rare road trip to Rockford, Illinois to visit the Anderson Japanese Gardens. We love gardens, especially Japanesey ones so, even though we hate being away from home, we took the trip.
The gardens were beautiful, but the effect was a bit spoiled by our being able to see gardeners at work. Japanese gardens, it seems, are supposed to look wild and natural, and a great deal of work goes into manicuring them so that they look untended. It was kind of weird. It was like seeing a million-dollar starlet with her hair looking like mine after a bad night, and realizing she paid a professional top dollar for that look.
Anyway, here is my favorite picture from the gardens. I think I like it the best because it’s of something that’s obviously made and staged by humans, rather than an elaborate simulation of natural beauty.
This post is part of Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors blog link.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: A character discovers that something they thought was real is a simulation.