Morning Glory - blooming fresh every morning then gracefully withdrawing at the end of the day, lessons from nature.
I was inspired by the following story of Senno Rikyu, who is a grand master of Japanese Tea Ceremony in the 16th century.
"In the sixteenth century the morning glory was as yet a rare plant with us. Rikyu had an entire garden planted with it, which he cultivated with assiduous care. The fame of his convolvuli reached the ear of the Taiko, and he expressed a desire to see them, in consequence of which Rikyu invited him to a morning tea at his house. On the appointment day the Taiko waked through the garden, but nowhere could he see any vestige of the convolvuli. The ground had been leveled and strewn with fine pebbles and sand. With sullen anger the despot entered the tea room, but a sight waited him there which completely restored his humor. On the Tokonoma, in a rare bronze of Sung workmanship, lay a single morning glory - the queen of the whole garden!"
- from “The Book of TEA” by Okakura Kakuzo (1906)
It's my pleasure to be given the opportunity to install my recent work for this special event of the moon viewing at Seattle Japanese garden.
I hope you enjoy the light and color of the morning glories reflection on the water.