Bassho’s Grass


The dead grass
All that remains
Of warriors’ dreams

I couldn’t help but remember Matsuo Basho’s famous and variously translated haiku when I saw these dead grasses by the pond of the Shinjuku Gyoen Garden. I was really ‘feeling the Zen’ as I told wifey throughout our Tokyo vacation, thanks to our choice of shrines and gardens to visit. But the happiest Zen moment was the flare in this photo. I knew I’d get a bit of flare when I was composing this shot: the winter sun at around 3p.m. was very low on the horizon already, and to get the backlight I wanted I couldn’t avoid getting some rays right in the lens. What I didn’t expect was that the flare would go red, Japanese-sun red. How appropriate for a shot inspired by one of Japan’s best known old poets!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s