Lens-Artists Challenge #25 – Reflections

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” 

Charles Dickens

LET THERE BE LIGHT

LET THERE BE LIGHT, NAZARETH, ISRAEL

This week Patti has given us a challenge that can be interpreted in two entirely different ways. The dictionary tells us that a reflection is either the “throwing back by a body or surface of light without absorbing it” or “serious thought or consideration”. (actually there is a third meaning related to mathematics but I’m going to simply ignore that 😀)

Each of my images this week illustrates the former – the throwing back of light. After all, what is more pleasing to a photographer than the play of light?! As for  “serious thought”  – what better time to reflect back on the year just ending as we prepare to move into the year to come?

LIGHT ON LIGHT ON LIGHT

LIGHT ON LIGHT ON LIGHT, ACRA, ISRAEL

“Reflect within yourself for that reflection is far better than what you see in the mirror.”

Gian Kumar

This year my husband and I were overwhelmed by the beauty, spirituality and history we experienced in Israel and Jordan. It’s a journey my husband had long listed at the top of his bucket list, but which had always landed in second place behind places like South Africa, China, Australia/New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Patagonia – you get the idea. Happily our very high expectations were met and exceeded by this remarkable area of the world.

I'VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES NOW

I’VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES NOW, KIAWAH ISLAND

“Choose your friends carefully. They are a reflection of you.”

Jim George

While we have thoroughly enjoyed our journeys to every corner of the world, we are also blessed to live in a beautiful place surrounded by some of nature’s most pristine landscapes and the amazing creatures who reside in them. This year we saw some of the most incredible cloudscapes I’ve seen in 20 years here on Kiawah. On top of that, as always our birds were ubiquitous – perfect subjects for an inquisitive lens.

EGRET IN FLIGHT

EGRET IN FLIGHT

“What is the good of experience if you do not reflect?”

Frederick The Great

There are times when nature is best seen without the distraction of color. The two images that follow seemed to speak most beautifully to me when presented quietly. I made both captures during an inspirational photography class with Ralph Lee Hopkins, National Geographic‘s Director of Expedition Photograph. Ralph led a terrific two-day class for our amazing Photography Group here on Kiawah.

LEAF ME ALONE

LEAF ME ALONE

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Confucius

This year also represented a major departure for me as I transitioned fully from the Nikon gear I’ve loved since my first FM film camera in the early 1980s to a Fuji X-T2 mirrorless. I’ll admit the road was not a smooth one but after finally getting a defective lens replaced (kudos to Fuji for the replacement) I am once again happily shooting with confidence. The lighter weight makes everything easier and the WYSIWYG is great for visualizing and experimentation.

TREES IN THE ROUND

TREES IN THE ROUND

“Be a reflection of what you’d like to see in others. You get in return what you give.”

Ziad K. Abdelnour

In hindsight, 2018 has been a year of many blessings. My husband and I have enjoyed time with family (which has grown by one), travel to wonderful places, good health, fun times with both old and new friends (3 with whom I share Lens-Artists moderation) and a world, for the most part, at peace. I wish you all a wonderful Holiday and a New Year filled with joy.  

GALILEE REFLECTION

GALILEE REFLECTION

“Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon’s reflection.”

Rumi

 I’ll close with thanks to Patti for her thoughtful challenge, and a quote that I thought perfect for this beautiful season.

“Thoughts turn to others just a little more this time of year. Days grow shorter and memories grow longer. Families and friends gather in celebration or hope. Giving is a reflection of our love and caring for each other and those less fortunate. May your thoughts turn to gratitude this holiday season and carry on throughout the next year…”

                                                                James A. Murphy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

65 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #25 – Reflections

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  2. Tina, I especially like the “Leaf Me Alone” and “Trees in the Round” images. They help me reflect on the effective use of B&W photography. Kudos.

  3. Beautiful post Tina, the black & white is very effective, and I always love the Kiawah clouds. Season’s greetings & hope you have another happy and satisfying year ahead.

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    • I agree Patti—how terrific it’s been to share LA with you, Amy and A-C. And to form new friendships thru it. The best to you and Rich too-I know your 2019 will be a great adventure!

  7. The black and white images are winners for me. Wishing you peace and happiness Tina for the holiday season and the year ahead. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us this year, I have enjoyed each and everyone of them.
    Jude xx

  8. Wonderful post with reflections on reflections in words and photos. It could not have been more perfectly done. Thank you for including me in the team – I have enjoyed every minute. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tina!

  9. Your beautiful photos reflect your stories and quotes perfectly. You are taking reflection photography to new heights.
    Thank you for including me in L-A. It has been a wonderful learning and fun experience from you, Patti, and Ann-Christine.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Tina!

  10. Beautiful reflections in word and image Tina, I especially love your capture of the light through the stained glass windows 💜 We wish you happy holidays and a blessed and peaceful New Year 🤗💖🎄🕊

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