The Ambitious Drifter

Words, Images and The Occasional Noise


The Sign of Three

Photos where things come in threes.

Three wise monkeys, wisely snoozing on top of a mountain, Miyajima, Japan..100_3605

Three Spanish soldiers, out of their time, Brussels, Belgium.100_1218

Three Gilles, out of their minds.  Brussels again….  It’s hereditary, apparently.100_1253

Three Japanese ladies, manicuring the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, Japan.100_3413


All art is fake

What was the last lie you told? Why did you tell it?   Photographers, artists, poets: show us FAKE.

Musings for the Daily Prompt.
This is from a wonderful modern art museum in Kanazawa, Japan. From the outside, it’s a swimming pool. Inside? Well, you’re inside the pool. All art is a simulation, if you like, it’s a lie that’s told to highlight the truth.  This one is just fun, the ultimate tromple l’oeil.

As for me, I never lie, well, only to myself.


Kanazawa is off the beaten tourist track, but well worth a visit for the museum and the Kenrokuen Garden.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

I’ve chosen some photos of masterpieces from Japan for this week’s challenge.

Japanese formal gardens are a photographer’s dream. Every view is already composed for you. There’s a mastery in framing, using reflections, rocks and carefully shaped bushes and trees. The gardens can often use outside features… ‘borrowed views’ to quote a current tv gardener. In Kagoshima the garden frames a volcano.

The gardens are tended meticulously every day. Perfection is a constant challenge.

Japanese gardens can be quite small, but they can still show you infinity. They are masterpieces of beauty, created for meditation and restful thoughts.

These photos are mainly from the Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa. It is a magical place.