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.”
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?
“Reflect within yourself for that reflection is far better than what you see in the mirror.”
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.
“Choose your friends carefully. They are a reflection of you.”
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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.
“Thirst drove me down to the water where I drank the moon’s reflection.”
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
Such a stunning post, Tina. Wonderful photography moments. Happy New Year to you. 🙂
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Lovely reflections – all of them, Tina! I wish you & yours a happy and healthy 2019!
Thanks so much Helen, and all the best to you as well
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.
Many thanks RR
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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.
Hi Maamej! Nice to e-see you 😊. Very best of the season to you too and wishes for a wonderful new year ahead
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Oh, that black and white! Once again, gorgeous shots matched with inspiring quotations. Hugs.
Thanks so much Lindy!
So lovely! That first photo of the stained glass really feels like a celebration of the light 🙂
Thanks for the lovely comment and Best of the Season to you!
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The Galilee Reflection, very nice. Sunrise or sunset?
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Beautiful challenge and photos – I really like the “LEAF ME ALONE” 🙂
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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wonderful post Tina….gorgeous shots ….and words😜 your reflections are truly a feast for the eyes!!
Beautiful reflections and words Tina. Warmest wishes on Xmas Day. Hope yours is as full of love and joy as ours is.
Thanks Andrew! It’s been a wonderful family Christmas here as well. Best to you for the New Year!
Great captures, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Tina!!!
Many thanks Paulo
Lovely words, lovely images. Thanks for sharing!
Many thanks Alanna
Your post is a visual treat, Tina. Lovely shots and reflections. Our collaboration on the L-A challenges has been a real joy. All the best to you and Bailey in 2019.
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!
I’ve been thinking about a new camera – you’ve given me a new one to think about!
Merry Christmas and all the Best in the New Year!
Thanks Margy. The x-T3 has already come out and is even better and not more expensive
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.
Thanks for the wonderful comment Jude. Best to you and yours in the New Year
Grrreat photos, grrreat quotes!! Merry Christmas 🎄🎁
Many thanks John. Merry Christmas to you too. I can’t believe another year is about to end!
A truly reflective post, Tina.
Thanks Perpetua. Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season. Merry Christmas!
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!
Thanks so much Ann Christine. It’s been a terrific collaboration for all of us. So glad you agreed to join!
Hopefully next year will be just as fun!
Gorgeous reflections, Tina! Many of those can lead someone to seriously reflect on life and other things! Hope your Christmas and New Year is filled with blessings and joy!
Thanks Terri-happiest of Holidays to you too!
Beautiful reflective post… images and comments..
Thanks GF. Hope you’re enjoying a wonderful Christmas with your little people😊🎄
Beautiful photographs, quotes and words Tina. Have a wonderful Festive Season.
Thank you MM and the same to you!
Beautiful photos. Merry Christmas and all the best to you and Bailey in the new year.
Thanks Jane. Hope you’re enjoying your family Christmas. Best to you and Bob too. Hope your 2019 is filled with wonderful surprises!
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!
Thanks Amy- it’s been a great collaboration. It’s been terrific working with and getting to know each other. Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2019 to you too
they’re all wonderful shots
Many thanks Jim!
You’ve definatelly seen beautiful places. I hope to follow you one day. Happy Christmas and many challenging journeys for 2019.
Thank you Awa! Best to you in the new year too
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 🤗💖🎄🕊
Thanks very much Xenia, I wish you a joyful holiday and a wonderful 2019
Thank you Tina! 🙂💖🙋♀️ xxx
Tina, enjoyed each of your images that are strong examples for the challenge and the first quote perfect. Have a memorable holiday season.
Thanks so much Sally, best to you too
These were absolutely fabulous! My favorite post!
Love and Merry Christmas!
You made my day Laurel! Merry Christmas to you and Hank and many joys in 2019!
And season’s greetings to you and yours!
Ah, yes, I’ll go with that James Murphy quote, Tina!
Me too Sue! Happy Holidays to you and yours😊
Thanks, Tina! And season’s greetings to you and yours!