One of the great joys of exploring Japan’s beautiful temples and gardens for me is the sheer wealth of little details I can find.
Some are part of the art and architecture, and some are natural — or should I say, engineered natural, being a result of cultivating certain trees, shrubs, or mosses in that place. They’re fun subjects to photograph, and looking closer can be a refreshing change from competing with other photographers and tourists for the big picture. In fact some of these detail shots were taken while waiting for the crowd to clear from somewhere nearby. I’ve come to enjoy it so much that I’ve begun packing a macro lens on our trips to Japan.