Reflections

The story often gets better – and perhaps a little embellished – in the retelling. Our reflections on the event are often “better” than the real thing. Occasionally the reflections of an object in water, mirror, or shiny surface are as good as or even better than the real thing. In the first two images the reflections enhance the image. In the last two photos the reflection is the image. The last shot has an impressionist quality caused by the rustling leaves and the gently moving river where the camera was aimed. As always, I welcome your thoughts, critiques, and comments.

Trestle Over Water

Trestle Over Water


Portage River

Portage River


Shoreline Reflections

Shoreline Reflections


Fall Reflection

Fall Reflection

More Webs

For all the aracnophiliacs (and those who prefer just the webs), a few more spider creations.

Bowl II

Bowl II


Circle II

Circle II


Dew Catcher

Dew Catcher


Over, Under, Around & Through

Over, Under, Around & Through


Dew Spangled

Dew Spangled


Getting Started

Getting Started

Webs

The early morning dew seemed to linger when Pat and I went out yesterday. The sparkling dew on spider webs radiated like diamonds on a crown. The intricacies of these master builders of silk in their beautifully alluring traps made me think of the line from Sir Walter Scot: “O what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive.” Maybe he had in mind the deception of the beauty in these often hidden gems . . . at least deceptive to insects. A few more tomorrow.

Arc

Arc


Bowl

Bowl


Circle

Circle


Jeweled Cross

Jeweled Cross


Square

Square


Star

Star


Frog and Webs

Frog and Webs

Dew Diamonds

One of the things I enjoy doing in my photography is looking for the unusual in the common. Water (dew, rain, ice, etc.) often adds interest to a photo and sometimes can become the star of the show. This rose, while very beautiful, has a heightened attraction because of the lingering morning dew.
rose
The spider web in this evergreen bush becomes the stage for a dazzling dew dance.
evergreen
This black-and-white photo of the underside of a fallen leaf would be rather boring without the lingering raindrops.
b and w leaf
Occasionally the reflecting water will hit your lens in such a way as to create a dew diamond. The twinkling star-like image in the center of the picture was a bit of luck, but luck favors the person willing to look for dew diamonds. Happy dew diamond hunting.
sparkle

Out and About

Last week, Pat and I roamed the roads to Lansing to photograph in Michigan State University’s botanical gardens. When we couldn’t find any parking anywhere near the gardens, we roamed the roads back home. Here is a small sample of what we saw.

Wall Art

Wall Art


Among the Flowers

Among the Flowers


Morning Happy

Morning Happy


Window to the World

Window to the World


Windmill

Windmill

Zoo Flowers

The zoo was less than expected, but the flower gardens were overwhelmingly beautiful. The first image below expresses my state of mind when I was surrounded by the kaleidoscope of flowers in well-planned and well cared for gardens. While the colors were spectacularly vibrant, I have included one black-and-white rose to emphasize the sensuous beauty of roses. Hope you get a sense of the peaceful power of this place. Enjoy.

Overloaded

Overloaded


Ornamental Grass

Ornamental Grass


Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree


Sunflower

Sunflower


Twins

Twins


Rose

Rose


Another Rose

Another Rose


Vibrant

Virbant


Red Orange

Red Orange


Water Lily

Water Lily


Dew Sparkle

Dew Sparkle

Last of the Mushrooms

This is the last of the mushrooms I will share as I suspect some of you may be getting bored with mushrooms. I have more pictures, but I suspect these will do for now.

Another Black Variety

Another Black Variety


Mushroom and Rock

Mushroom and Rock


Buddies

Buddies


Someone's Food

Someone’s Food


Brown

Brown

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