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Today, pictures from valued commenter 🐾BillinGlendaleCA.

The Japanese Garden

Several weeks ago when I wrote about the Hahn Regional Park, I had a picture of the Japanese Garden there and noted that wasn’t as nice as the one at Descanso Gardens, The Huntington, or The Japanese Garden. Since you’ve seen pics of the Japanese gardens at Descanso and The Huntington, I thought some pics of the The Japanese Garden would be appropriate. The Japanese Garden is in the San Fernando Valley within the Sepulvelda Flood Control Basin. It’s Japanese name is SuihoEn(the garden of water and fragrance), and it’s appropriately named with extensive use of water and a “fragrance”. The unique, eh, fragrance(especially in the eastern portion of the garden reveal it’s original purpose. It was constructed by the City of Los Angeles in the early 1980’s to demonstrate that reclaimed water is safe and not unpleasant to be around. The “fragrance” is due to the adjoining sewage treatment plant(it’s mostly a chemical type of smell). So lets take a look around, it’s OK to breath the “fragrance” isn’t bad at all.

Tillman Reclamation Plant administrative building.

Taken on 2016-08-17

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

This is the administrative building for the sewage plant. It’s located on the large lake that the central element of the garden, remember it’s the garden of water and fragrance. It’s been used for filming quite a bit, particularly for Star Trek(TNG), including as Starfleet Academy.

The Teahouse in Infrared.

Taken on 2017-07-02

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

Along the northern shore of the lake is the teahouse.

Bamboo walkway in Infrared.

Taken on 2017-07-02

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

I wasn’t sure how this picture would turn out since infrared shots really require direct sunlight to be effective, but I think it turned out surprisingly well.

Taken on 2016-08-17

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

This is a small waterfall in the northeastern(you begin to notice the “fragrance”) portion of the garden.

View from the teahouse.

Taken on 2016-08-17

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

This is a view from the teahouse to the south with the administration building and the Santa Monica mountains is the backround.

The teahouse

Taken on 2016-08-17

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

This is a visible color shot from pretty much the same location as the infrared shot above, though there seem to be some tree branches that aren’t present in the infrared shot.

The garden from above.

Taken on 2016-08-17

The Japanese Garden, Supulveda Flood Control Basin, Los Angeles, CA

At the northern side of the administration building they have a elevated walkway so you can view the Tilman Water Reclamation Plant. It also affords a nice view of the garden.


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20 replies
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    Baud says:

    If I’m ever out that way, I’ll have to visit this garden.

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    Quinerly says:


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    MagdaInBlack says:

    I do like the way the infrared shot turned out. Thank you

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    JPL says:

    Just beautiful pictures of the Japanese gardens. Thanks

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    @Baud: It’s really pretty and not all that many people know about it…and there’s the fragrance.

    @Quinerly: Thanks, maybe next time I’ll put up some pics of the Arboretum.

    @MagdaInBlack: Since they have a prohibition on “Professional Photographers”, I only took one camera on my first visit. When I went back(I was next door at a meetup for a wildlife shoot), I took my IR camera. I’ve been reprocessing a few of my IR shots to add color from visual shots for things like buildings. The shot with the teahouse is one of them that I’ve revisited.

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    arrieve says:

    I love your infrared shots — the teahouse shot is otherworldly.

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    @arrieve: Thanks. The two things I’ve added to my IR processing is adding some elements of visual color and really darkening the skies. Now whenever I shoot an IR shot, I also shoot a visual shot.

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    waratah says:

    I never miss an opportunity to see a Japanese garden. Thank Bill lovely photos.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Fascinating, thanks. Way back in the previous millennium I did some IR work with B/W film, but of course everything is different now.

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    rikyrah says:


    Those infrared pictures 👏👏👏🙌🙌
    Loved all of them.😄

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    @waratah: Thanks, there are quite a few here in LA; I’ll try to visit a few more.

    @Gin & Tonic: I never did any work with IR until digital cameras came around, it was expensive back then and a pain to handle.

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    @rikyrah: Thanks, I’ll put together a set of IR pics.

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    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Any set of IR only shots will probably be after my trip to Sacramento(next Tuesday), I think the state capitol building will be particularly nice in IR.

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    MomSense says:

    Beautiful photos, Billin.

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    kindness says:

    The ads running now seem to have about a minute delay once you enter a thread, but then the audio cranks up and I have to turn off my sound. That is annoying. I thought that was going to be banished.

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    J R in WV says:

    Good job, Bill, very interesting work!

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    eclare says:

    Those photos are lovely to look at as I sit in my cube.

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    stinger says:

    Great pics of an interesting site — looks very soothing.

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