Last Sunday I went to the Bronx Botanical Garden to see the Kiku exhibit. Unfortunately, it didn’t really live up to the hype. I learned that the kiku – Japanese chrysanthemums – are “trained” to grow a very specific way. Since many flowers blossom off of one tiny stem, the flowers are trained to grow upright, as opposed to falling off to the sides. If they do not grow exactly as planned, they are cut away. The whole process of growing these flowers seems rather forced, and the idea of training nature to grow a certain way is not exactly my cup of tea. I think nature is most beautiful when found in its natural state, untouched by humans. Included are some photos of the Japanese chrysanthemums – one showing how they grow – and a photo of a leaf that I caught “dancing” across the water’s surface…it was a windy day.