Posts Tagged ‘reflections’

Wonders in Nature

    I have lots of rocks in the house and many many more edging the gardens in my backyard.

Most were picked for their shape, color and design.

This rock “bowl” holds water and attracts birds. It also reflects any nearby plants.

 Any water movement in this “bowl” reflects small objects, clouds, nearby plants,

and clouds in the sky.

A light wind moves the reflections of a nearby vine.

 

 

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Reflections

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I can’t resist the reflections and

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the distortion of water drops

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in their surroundings.

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Nature’s

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magnifying glass.

(this blog was completed in July)

Fascination With Ice

These pictures were taken in 2008 and were put in a blog when I started blogging in 2012.  Obviously, I didn’t post it. Since our winter has been relatively mild, I thought now would be a good time to post it.

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It was a strong snow and ice storm! The weather remained frigid and nothing melted.

I wish I had an explanation of how the ice formed on this coneflower seedhead.

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It was surprising that the rosemary could support the weight of the ice.

Notice in all the pictures at how the ice inverted all the reflections. The red in the left is an upside down reflection of our barn.

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I’m not sure what this plant was. It has the snow in the upper part of the reflections and the sky below.

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Thin stems reflections turned into wavy lines in the ice.

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I still don’t have an explanation for the lumpy shapes lining these stems.

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The whole backyard became a crystal showcase.

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I can’t remember what this was either. It was about waist high and looked similar to corn. I didn’t see how some of the plants could remain standing with all the weight of the ice.

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Red maple branches turned the reflections every which way. The duller red in the top is our barn in an upside position.

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I didn’t want to leave the lichens out,

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or the aster remnants either.

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I’m not sure what tree this was on

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or this one either.

The ice storm was one of those magical times that stays with you for years.

Water Reflections

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Water, its reflections and shadows always amaze me.

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Could be I’m easily entertained, or that I look at things differently … more from of an artistic standpoint?

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The bending of the surface tension creates contorted line reflections

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and line shadows.

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A slight breeze animates the hodgepodge of lines and sky reflections.

These pictures were taken of my small, overgrown water garden.

Fascination With Water

Water has many “faces.”

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The mirror for a spring day.

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Ripples roll yellow-rimmed shadows, like a spilled bag of marbles.

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An abstract shadow of the floating leaf.

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Look close — there’s the yellow-rimmed shadows. There’s also faint surface reflections of sky and trees near the bank.

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Sky reflections show water movement and faint designs of nearby objects.

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Every tiny bubble reflects the same view of above.

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Larger bubbles become a “lens” that distorts the circular view around it.

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The water’s surface … a Monet painting?

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Ice formed into the shape of either a bell or a hat.

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The surface of the water freezes. Lines form as the water level gradually drops, and the ice continues to form only where the water touches it.

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I have no idea how this ice formed. It had to be magic.

Icy Lichens

Rain, freezing rain and LOTS sleet fell most of one day in February, and was expected to continue overnight.

So … once again, I planned to blog ice. This time it was ice-encased lichens.

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 I made a slow loop around the yard, checking all the tree trunks and limbs that I knew had lichens on them.

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  They didn’t know their names. So, why should I worry about identifying them.

I planned to just enjoy the experience.

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Of course, the ice complicated focusing the pictures. This grouping was on a horizontal limb in my dawn redwood tree.

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I wouldn’t even want to try to identify this many in one day anyway.

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Besides, the ice and reflections distort details.

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 Being out in today’s weather was quite an enjoyable adventure.

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Bang, my high school Girl Scout leader, often said (when I was a GS leader) that if everything went well, then there wouldn’t be as much to remember.

I took my senior troop winter camping. We stayed in the lodge at Girl Scout Camp Cedar Point, and the furnace quit running the night. My youngest daughter looked down right miserable in her sleeping bag. The woman assisting me with the trip, turned her radio on  … the temperature was  -18! The girls heard that, got real excited, cooked our usual breakfast, got suited up, went out and sledded down the hill by the lodge. That was definitely one trip that’s still talked about almost 30 years later.

Nature, the Artist

It was a cloudy day, almost cold and damp. Still was no reason to stay home another day. A drive on Eagle Mountain sounded like the best option.

The water level was much lower in the creek than I expected after all the recent rains.

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Tree reflections became the most obvious feature of the hike.

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Multi-levels added depth.

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Tall trees created smaller reflections

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and varying compositions.

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More sky dominated … or framed the interior “picture.”

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Can’t you almost hear the peace?

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This was the view up the creek

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where we turned around and started back.

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