Posts Tagged ‘shadow’

Me and My Shadow

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Here’s an Indian pink flower (spigelia marilandica) with a shadow of itself.

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The position of the sun determines the angle and the size of the flower’s shadow.

The combination of the flower stalks and the dark shadows mirroring it makes an interesting composition.

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Morning Light

The picture window by my computer faces east. Thick trees on our neighbor’s property and an old strip pit hill block any view beyond.

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The early sun creates patterns of light and shadow on the irises at the edge of my butterfly garden.

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The shadows create abstract patterns..

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Squint when looking at this flower. It enhances the design.

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   This iris was just beginning to open yesterday when I was taking pictures of the irises above. I think I’ll name it the dramatic beauty.

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I almost forgot I had this iris. What a beauty!

Me and My Shadow

“I’m a large bee fly,

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and thought this rock made a fancy place to rest.

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“Large” translates into my being between 1/4 to 1/2 inch long.”

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The bee fly’s range covers most of North America. They prefer meadows, open fields and gardens. Apparently they visit flowers frequented by solitary bees, follow them back to their nest and lay an egg at the entrance to the tunnel. The fly larvae feed on bee larvae, pupate in the nest and the adults emerge in early summer.

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.

And More Ice

Buffy and I were hiking along the creek on my rural property last month.  Open water remained in areas with the most flow. Thin ice formed over areas where the water had less movement.

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Ridges of ice formed on the undersurface of the ice and resulted in the patterns of light and shadow on the rocks below.

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The shapes and angles of the rocks added to the shapes of the designs too.

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Oh my.

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This one had me stumped with all the points that didn’t seem attached to a specific leaf.

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The ice’s surface looked relatively smooth.

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Just amazing!

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.

Earth’s Shadow

When my best friend, Therese, emphatically said, “I didn’t know that!” I knew there was a blog.

Before the sun clears the horizon in the morning, it casts a shadow of the earth in the atmosphere in the west. I hurried out at 6:30 this morning to capture the blue of the shadow. The shadow tapered downward to the north and south. It didn’t last long. Obviously it’s the earth rotating, not the sun rising.

This happens in the reverse in the evening. After the sun sinks below the horizon, the earth’s shadow rises in the east.