A year of miniature landscapes in sand and stone.
Last Christmas’ favorite stocking stuffer gift was a Mini Zen Garden kit Ed got me. It came with a black sandbox, sand, five black mini stones, and a miniature wooden rake.
I have it placed by my bed on the small decorative table shaped like a piano which I acquired for a song at Housing Works last year.
I arranged my first Mini Zen Garden January 2nd. And posted a picture on Instagram. That started a little tradition, where every time I create a new garden arrangement, I post a picture or two of it on Instagram.
It’s been an extra stressful year for the nation, for the world, after a series of particularly stressful years. A little Zen now and then has been useful.
This week has felt even more oppressive in a series of ever more oppressive weeks. So I figured it’s a good time to post the photo series of all my Mini Zen Gardens to date.
An attempt at the Peace sign. And the one out-of-focus pic… is it a metaphor?
January would be the most prolific month of new garden designs, naturally, spurred on with the excitement of a new toy …
I’m leaving on a jet plane…
(I actually was flying to London for a film festival, so I tried to suggest the outline of an airplane, not imagining this would be my last plane trip to date due to the pandemic…)
The shades were still drawn when I took this picture…
Although really I should have waited until July 4 for this one…
A garden post bombardment …
Then it appears the garden was neglected for a spell…
Perhaps reminiscent of the June-2-that-should-have-been-July-4 garden? If so, it was unconsciously done. Either way, it seems to me a more ominous variant on that theme…
I will update this post to complete the full year’s landscapes.