Japanese Garden: Reflections

The Japanese Garden at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan includes a large pond (or small lake) and many waterfalls. The pond/lake provides an opportunity for many reflection shots; something I like to do. Here are a few reflections.

ealkway
lily pads
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penn
reflections
rock and tree

The Trestle

Pat and I enjoy discovering and photographing old railroad trestles. This trestle was discovered on the Grand River near Rives Junction, Michigan. There was a viewing point pull off that made landscape pictures possible. I wanted some close-ups and some shots from the bridge. To get to the trestle I fought my way through the forest primeval. To my surprise, I came upon a mosquito convention attended by every mosquito in Michigan. After donating a few pints of blood, I reached the trestle and walked out on its still sturdy ties. Next time I will bring a pith helmet and machete.

The Trestle

The Trestle


Structure and Trees

Structure and Trees


Ties

Ties


Tie Garden

Tie Garden


Shore Reflections taken from the Trestle

Shore Reflections taken from the Trestle

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

Windows Again

I am not sure what makes windows such a fascinating target for photos. Perhaps it is the reflections or maybe it is the questions windows seem to raise. In any event, here are some window shots from last week. What are your thoughts about windows?

Barn Window

Barn Window


Poorhouse Window

Poorhouse Window


Two Windows

Two Windows


Stop Window

Stop Window


Silo Window

Silo Window


Needs Paint Window

Needs Paint Window

Morning Outing

I was able to step out into a mild and sunny day yesterday morning. I went to one of my favorite locations to focus on some morning reflections. Swain Lake is the start of the Falling Waters Trail that runs some ten miles from Concord into Jackson, Michigan where it connects with a three plus miles city trail. Walkers and bicyclists use the trail as well as the occasional fisherman. This dock caught my eye because of its clear reflection in the water, as did the trees.

Dock

Dock


Trees Here and There

Trees Here and There


Even a feeding swan had a rippling reflection.
Swan

Swan


Farther down the trail, I was fortunate to get a picture of an oriole in the morning sun.
Oriole

Oriole


The horse vane and archer images came from some later-in-the-morning gravel road wandering. I think the archer is reminding all of us to aim high.
Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)

Horse Vane (and lightening rod?)


Aiming High

Aiming High

Winter Wonders

Winter in Michigan this year has been very cold and snowy. Opportunities for much outdoor photography have been quite limited. At home, I do keep my camera handy and shoot pics from my deck as in the rather slow shutter speed Winter Storm image below. The snow and ice can also bring unusual photo opportunities as in the seed under the snow image. Our kitchen faces south. This provided the opportunity for the back lit crystal and icicle image. The dots are water drops from other icicles. The last two pictures are staged (which I hardly ever do), but inspired by a water glass that caught my eye. I like the reflection and refraction of light as well as the window frame shadows.

Winter Storm

Winter Storm

Under the Snow

Under the Snow

Crystal and Icicle

Crystal and Icicle

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows

Glass and Shadows 2

Glass and Shadows 2

Night Lights

Capturing light images at night – night lights – can be difficult, especially without a tripod. After the Christmas outdoor lights were hung on gutters and in our small garden, I noticed some very pretty reflections from the lights onto the vinyl siding. Like all good photographers I decided to live on the edge. I would try to capture these terrestrial-like reflections at night without a flash or tripod; much like a trapeze artist working without a net. I set my ISO to a very high speed (3200), opened up the aperture wide, and shot at the slowest speed that I could hold reasonably steady.

The rather impressionistic images captured the beauty of the reflections well. The graininess from the high ISO added an other worldliness to the pictures. Some of the reflections suggest an angel, a dove, and maybe even a butterfly (at least to me) and others seem to match descriptions of UFOs. Hope you enjoy the admittedly strange images. Living on the edge, Julie.

UFO

UFO

Trestle Lights

Trestle Lights

Amgel and Dove

Amgel and Dove

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