Reflections and Shadows

Two recent rains added up to 1 inch. It still surprised me to find 3 pools in the creek on a morning hike at my rural property.

The mid-morning sun cast a shadow of a floating piece of a leaf. The shapes didn’t match.

These shapes didn’t match either.

If you look close at the lower  edge of the leaf where 2 pieces are missing, you’ll see where the leaf was bending the surface film of the water. This distorted the shadow on the rock below. It also bent the sunlight and created the light edge around it.

This was a surprising fan of greens.

I have no explanation for the 2 following pictures. They’re both so bright and cheerful.

I don’t understand how there’s so little difference between what’s reflected on the water and what’s on the dry rocks.

The greens look lighter than should be, even with the backlighting.

Why are there “leafy pictures” on the dry rocks at all? They look like one picture super imposed over another, and I didn’t do that.

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Therese on October 14, 2012 at 10:12 am

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an artist!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    So interesting, so beautiful. It was interesting that some of the shadows didn’t match. I had to think of possible reasons why. (see…that’s what a good teacher does)
    Thank you.

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    • Posted by naturesnippets on October 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Those pictures still baffle me. I don’t remember anything on the dry rocks, and couldn’t go back to look the situation over. I would remember something so dramatic.

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  2. Posted by Therese on October 14, 2012 at 10:13 am

    Regarding my reply at 10:12…
    I didn’t mean I was a good teacher. I meant YOU were a good teacher because you have your pupils curious and wanting to find the reasons why.

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    • Posted by naturesnippets on October 14, 2012 at 10:44 am

      If I remember right, you’re a GOOD teacher too. You teach different pupils than I do. So … is curiousity catching?

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  3. Interesting! A great post that shows that small things can have big impacts!

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    • Posted by naturesnippets on October 14, 2012 at 10:45 am

      The pictures sure stunned me! I wasn’t able to go back down after I saw the pictures. No matter how many times I look at them, I still don’t understand how they happened.

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  4. Light can do some amazing things and really can mess with our mental image of what reality should look like. I love the mismatched reflections!

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  5. Cool picture! I know how the light bends and stuff, but I still don’t get how the leaf makes those interesting shadows. 😉

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