The bright green weeds, trailing olive roots in the turquoise-blue water, made a pattern like a Japanese brocade. I gaze and gaze, and feel troubled by this intolerable beauty. It seems to make demands on me.
– Silvia Baker, Alone and Loitering: Pages from a Artist’s Travel Diary(1938-1944)
Baker was describing Wular Lake in Kashmir, India. You can find more vintage artist renderings of the lake here.
And here’s an example of Japanese silk brocade: