Last week’s photography assignment

Do you remember the last one I posted?  It dealt with “Reflections.”

This time the theme was given as:  “Landscapes with Water.”

Now, I was quite busy with my other jobs outside of writing and photography.  Even so,  I managed to squeeze in some contemplative periods in order to focus on  which photos I could pull from my collection for this assignment.

Here are the four that I submitted:

Landscape with Water #1

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Landscape with Water #1 – For my submissions I am starting out small……last summer we had a rubbermaid bin in our yard with some odds and bits of broken things in it. Things destined for the dump. However, one day I looked at the little pile accumulating and noticed not only had the rubbermaid bin collected a sizeable amount of rainwater over a period of time, but the “landscape” had seemed inviting enough for two frogs to make their home there! Landscape is man-made (you can see parts of a fan on the left) and the water is a pond of rainwater.

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Landscape with Water #2

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Landscape with Water #2 – For this one I am going completely opposite to the first one…..this time from far up high! Later last summer my husband and I had the opportunity to squeeze in a quick trip out west, so here we are flying above the Rockies….going north for our two-day introductory scoot to the Yukon. You see magnificent Rocky landscape with a big river running through. Unfortunately, it’s hard to get flight staff to tell you EXACTLY where the plane is…..

NOTE:  When a friend commented on this photo, referring to its “out of the box thinking” perspective, I replied with…..

“You should see me on planes – hahaha! I am truly like a little kid; taking pictures of EVERYTHING! As in….”oh, this is cool! Click. Oh hey, that’s a wonky tilt! Click. Hey, look at the baggage guy hoisting all the bags on the conveyor belt. Click.” Yep, I’m weird like that. I have yet to see someone else on the plane as weird as that.   Actually, I’m like that on trains, too! Pretty near everywhere….”  🙂

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Landscape with Water #3

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Landscape with Water #3 – Also from our trip last summer out west….my husband and I decided on a day trip to Skagway – we are Klondike Rush history enthusiasts! – and we didn’t have enough time to drive up to Dawson City (our first choice and for next time). This photo is of Emerald Lake – still in the Yukon, before the border to Alaska. We stopped here to spend some time just taking in the view, and this nifty colouration of the lake intrigued me. It is due to the depth and water particles, etc. that this lake gets its name. You can see the green along the shoreline.

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Landscape with Water #4

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Landscape with Water #4 – For this one I go a bit further back into the archives….August of 2011, when my youngest son and I went for a week-long trip to Prince Edward Island – a much-loved place for me! – We spent almost every day at one beach or another; our favourite one was the one closest to where we were staying…..North Rustico Beach. I love the red earth there!  It’s everywhere on PEI!

 

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Ice Sheet on White Lake

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Gazing to the west,

An ice film stretches slowly

Outward from the shore.

 

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I snapped this photo today in the late afternoon during my visit with Leah, a senior lady for whom I do bi-weekly cleaning…..combined with some conversation and laughs.  This is her prized view of her favourite place to be, where she has lived for many years…..on White Lake.

One simply cannot show up at her home and be strictly business, when she is there.  Hahaha!  I am the fresh new face in her life.  The new friend.  Someone who hasn’t heard her stories and jokes before, and I gladly sit with her (before the cleaning chores), as we share a cup of tea and share of our life experiences.

Leah is recently widowed (since August of this year), and she misses her husband whom she loved dearly.  She never faltered, even when his health was getting more and more fragile over the years.  They both had reached their 80 years and would have celebrated a 60th Anniversary in August of this year, if her husband, Bill, had not died just days before.

In our chats we share the commonalities of motherhood and having raised our children as stay-at-home moms, and we regale each other with fun anecdotes of memories from days gone by.  We also share a sense of fun and spunkiness.  As I listen to her adventures, I discover more of the many facets of Leah and what makes her distinctly who she is.  She can be feisty when she needs to be; however, she prefers the harmony as reflected in the natural world around her home.  Laughter comes easily to her, along with reflective moods, love, and compassion.

You just never know when and where you will meet a new friend in your life.

Thank you, Leah, for showing up in mine.  🙂

 

Water Mirrors

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Water smooth as glass;

Up is down and down is up?

Symmetrical lines.

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I love water reflections, don’t you?

With peaceful, calm waters, you see what’s there and what appears to be there and inverted.  The inversion looks so real, that it often fools the eyes into seeing extra worlds……and our imaginations go wild!

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A bridge appears to burst into geometric shapes.   Trees, flowers, and docks along the shore transform into a modern painting.

I think nature is the original artist with her always perfectly arcing rainbows and her bold or pastel sunsets and sunrises, her cloud-filled skies, her sculptured mountains, and all those mesmerizing water scenes.