Posts Tagged ‘water’

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)

Tree Personalities

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Who knew trees had such a personality?

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Stories could be made  up to go with the woody personalities.

 “There I was, right in the middle of a swamp. Something jumped in the water. And here came a snake, yes,  a snake.”

You can finished the story. Or get one of your little ones to finish it for you.

Tiny Reflections

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I’ve had a fascination with reflections on water for a long time.

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Even the smallest beads of water have reflections, designs and distortion.

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It’s the leaves surrounding it and the sky that reflect on this drop of water.

 

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.

Gloomy Day Mystery

Sunday ended up being another cloud-covered day, with intermittent drizzle. I decided to go for a hike and ended up being the only one at Jones Lake.

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I followed the lake trail. Rose hips on the swamp roses added a little color to the gloomy day.

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 The clouds continued to increase during my hike, which changed the appearance of the rose hips on my way back to the truck.

It always amazes me how drops of water invert the view.

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 Here is my real mystery. I can’t explain why the light bands are reflected vertically on the water. Where did they come from?  The tree-covered hill would have a more solid appearance. The clouds wouldn’t be in bands either. I don’t see how my height compared to the water level would make a difference. Maybe there’s a scientific reason that would be way over my head.

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On darn, (being facetious) guess I’ll just have to come back to see if these reflections are still here.

The Magic of Ice, Part One

Designs in ice always fascinate me. A recent cold spell created both dramatic and delicate designs.

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The creek is a small wet-weather creek with a rocky bottom.

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A closer look shows intricate designs within the designs.

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Contributing shapes and the flow of the water seem to have quite an imagination.

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A larger area makes a larger “canvas” for the masterpiece.

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Nooks crowd designs within their confines.

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Some look like they’d break just from the wind’s breath.

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I haven’t decided what this figure resembles.

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Ebb and flow, as the creatures create themselves.

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I’ll post part 2 of this ice blog series on Wednesday, the 21st.