The Life in My Years

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(Featured photo – Reflections in a puddle of rainwater.)

This week we have a guest host for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge.  Miriam’s site The Showers of Blessings challenges us to offer some photographic reflections on reflections.

Grand Teton National Park draws photographers from around the world to photograph images of her majestic beauty.
One of the most famous is Oxbow Bend where Mount Moran gazes down on the Snake River, coiled in the foreground. Sunrise brings scores of photographers along the banks of the Snake. On this particular morning I got my wife out of a warm bed in 26 degree F weather to arrive at Oxbow Bend by sunrise.

Fog on the Snake River

Just before the sunrise, a blue sky, the clouds and trees reflect on the Snake. Near the opposite bank a finger of morning fog hovers over the river. 

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Sunrise Mount Moran, Grand Teton National Park

Another popular gem for photographers looking to reflect at Grand Teton is Schwabacher Landing also along the bank of the Snake River. 

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Early Morning at Schwabacher Landing, Grand Teton National Park

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Autumn morning Schwabacher Landing

Emeryville California is the first town you hit when you cross the Bay Bridge from San Francisco.  One early morning I took my camera to explore Emeryville’s marina.  Being a distance runner one particular boat caught my eye.

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Endurance and the pink morning sky reflected in the waters of the Emeryville Marina. 

On a recent trip to Canada we visited the Montreal Botanical Garden. A pond in the Asian Garden offered some opportunities to reflect on water plants.

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Reflected sunlight shimmers in a pond that reflects bright green leaves

After days of rain during the San Francisco Bay Area’s deluge of 2019 I found reflections in the most unexpected of places.

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Reflected points of sunlight dance in a reflection of trees in a puddle of rainwater 

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A eucalyptus tree is mirrored in a small puddle ringed with storm debris

38 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #87 – Reflections

  1. KDKH says:

    Well done! Beautiful photos.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much for visiting and for the kind compliment.

  2. I love all the photos, Paulie. The fog made the first two so serene and peaceful!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Miriam. It was so cold that morning that the serenity was lost in the moment.

      1. I understand you might have expected more, but from what I saw, they turned out perfect, Paulie!

  3. Amazing photos! I am so inspired to look for reflections next time I am around water! Just Beautiful!!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Lisa.

  4. SandyL says:

    Oh boy these are wonderful pictures. I especially like the water plants in the pond. It looks like an oriental graphic, which is appropriate given where you saw it.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Sandy. I have a few more of that same pond that are on my list for printing. Many thanks for visiting.

  5. chava61 says:

    Beautiful photos!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much and thank you for visiting.

  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Nice set, Paulie! Those mountains really are breathtaking.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Eliza. The cold that morning was breathtaking as well but you know…we’re from the Bay Area and kind of wimpy when it comes to the cold.

      1. Eliza Waters says:

        Yes, you need proper clothing to weather the cold and not be miserable. I favor down myself!

  7. Ana says:

    Great reflections!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Ana and thank you for visiting.

  8. myplaidheart says:

    Just lovely, Paulie. I especially like the pond in the Asian garden. That would make a beautiful print to hang on a wall.

    1. Paulie says:

      My thoughts exactly. I have two photos in mind from that pond that I’m going to print and frame. Thank you so much for visiting.

  9. Amy says:

    Stunning reflection shots! Thank you, Paulie for sharing this beautiful series.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much Amy.

  10. Tina Schell says:

    These are truly outstanding Paulie, I especially loved the 2 images with fog on the water. A beautiful post – the clarity of the reflections is amazing

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Tina. Very much appreciated. I more or less lucked out with the reflections; no wind and not many ducks to roil the water.

      1. Tina Schell says:

        Oh sure, that explains it —– NOT!!! 🙂

  11. Len Kagami says:

    Wow! Perfect reflections 🙂

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you Len! Much appreciated sir.

  12. Leya says:

    Ah, these are all fresh and crisp – the Grand Tetons are marvelous. Oh the light! But still, I must chime in with all the praise for the pond leaves – amazing. Glad you are going to print and frame.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you so much. To me they give off a feeling of serenity.

      1. Leya says:

        True, they do.

  13. M.B. Henry says:

    Stunning! I just love the sky in those Schwabacher Landing pics!

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you M.B. I stumbled on to Schwabacher driving back from the Moulton Barn. I saw a side road and on a whim decided to take a look.

  14. Your reflections are PERFECTION 😊

  15. JohnRH says:

    Wow. Excellent reflections. Absolutely outstanding.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you John

  16. TCast says:

    Nice selection of photos.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you and thank you for visiting. i apologize for the late response. your comment had gone to spam

      1. TCast says:

        It does that randomly sometimes 👍🏼

  17. Anonymous says:

    I love all these images! Great eye for capturing them.

    1. Paulie says:

      Thank you and thank you for visiting

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