Mystery of the Ordinary in the Japanese Garden on Mayne Island

If you know only one aspect of my creative intention, I would like it to be my gift of the ordinary in our everyday. Yes, there are grand moments, brilliant moments and even tragic moments in our lives. But it is the everyday, the ordinary which holds the greatest mystery. On this day, Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I feel compelled to take you with me on a quiet walk of thankfulness in our local Mayne Island Japanese Garden. This garden is a work of volunteer love and healing in recognition of the Japanese Canadians who lost their homes and lands on Mayne Island during their interment during the second world war.

Through the trees in the Japanese Garden on Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2015_11_26 036

Looking through the trees and standing in between I am thankful for all that is.

Standing in between in the Japanese Garden on Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2015_11_26 031

Standing still and quiet as the winter birds shuffle the last of the fall colour on the ground, I breathe easy.

Last of the fall colour in the Japanese Garden on Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2015_11_26 020

Have a seat and we shall stay a while longer.

Have a Seat by Terrill Welch 2015_11_26 012

Then, when you are ready, we shall walk across the bridge and out onto the small inner island of the Japanese garden.

Bridge in Japanese Garden on Mayne Island by Terrill Welch 2015_11_26 022

There is evidence that the seasonal Christmas lights are being strung. Today though, it is just the natural warmth of winter light and the last bits of gold in contrast to a thin layer of ice on the pond.

What is your own most powerful mystery in the ordinary of your everyday today?

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14 thoughts on “Mystery of the Ordinary in the Japanese Garden on Mayne Island

  1. Lovely walk with you in the Japanese Garden, which are so beautifully meditative. And your expression of “the gift of the ordinary” resonated with me and my approach to my photography, and the way I try to “see” the world.

    I believe now that I live rather close to a body of water, it is learning about the flowing endless experience, and the nature around it is my mystery of the gift of the ordinary.

    • Fatima I am so glad you commented as it was a delight to find your Europe motor home travelblog at I have now followed and look forward to browsing some of your past post. In the spring of 2014 my husband and I traveled by regional train for three months in Europe. I did plein air painting sketches and photographed our adventures. These posts can be found under the category “A Brush With Europe” and it also shows up in the key word cloud to the right. So hello and pleased to meet you fellow travelers!

  2. Well, Terrill, that Japanese Garden is yet another wonderment on that island paradise of yours. The captures here are exotic, autumnal and sublime and the revelation of the Japanese who lost their homes during the war make this place sacred as well. Magnificent.

    • Thank you for your kind words and I am so glad you enjoyed the stroll. The history of the Japanese on Mayne Island is a sad story that reminds us of our human frailty of character. But in better times, we have done our best to make amends. In 1988, the Federal Government apology came with $300 million in compensation. But it wasn’t until May of 2012 that the Province of British Colombia made a formal apology.

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