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A Zen garden near Kyoto.
From Wikipedia:

A karesansui, Japanese rock garden, or Zen garden is an enclosed shallow sandpit containing sand, gravel, rocks, and occasionally grass or other natural elements.
The main elements of karesansui are rocks and sand, with the sea symbolized not by water but by sand raked in patterns that suggest rippling water.
Plants are much less important (and sometimes nonexistent) in many karesansui gardens. Karesansui gardens are often, but not always, meant to be viewed from a single, seated perspective.
There have been many attempts to explain the Zen garden's layout. Some of these are:

1) The gravel represents ocean and the rocks represent the islands of Japan.
2) The rocks represent a mother tiger with her cubs, swimming to a dragon.
3) The rocks form part of the kanji for heart or mind.

This was captured with a 17mm APSC (25mm aquivalent), not a fisheye: the sand really forms a curved line.

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