Monday, January 09, 2017

Flipping Reflections: Turning The World Upside Down

It has been raining for days. Maybe it's been weeks or years, at this point I can't remember. A gray sky hardly changes, and the natural light is so dim that it requires houselights on all the time. Then night comes, and it is finally truly dark. Not much to do when it's like this, but play with old photos and remember days of light.

I started looking at a few photos of reflections of the sky in a few ponds at the marsh. I was looking at one and thought I should turn the laptop upside down to see if the reflection actually would look like the sky. What do you think? I flipped these photos.
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This is a bay view from the other day. I was going to delete it from my 20,000+ photo archive, but held on to it. I'm glad I did for the fun of it.
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Can you even tell which is the sky and which is the bay? What fun!
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So that's how I spent one rainy, gray day. Flipping old reflections could become a winter hobby!

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    1. Susannah-- Thank you! I bet you have a ton of photos you could play with like this. Not sure why I found it so fascinating, but I did.

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  2. Oh, no question, the upside down photos are the ones I want to live int! You mentioned once on this blog something you couldn't quite articulate about what you felt when you looked into the reflections. I see a world--it always looks like a fully formed world to me--where colors are more saturated, the sun shines brighter. It's a world that tugs at me. How I want to step into the water and enter that world!
    Let's turn this world upside down for real! (I've been hearing about the weather out there and hoping you are in a safe place).

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    1. CCorax-- There is something so strangely deep about the reflected world that seems missing in the real one that we walk upon. We could float forever there. We're okay here for now. Tomorrow is supposed to bring almost two inches of more rain coinciding with a king tide. Not good, not good at all.

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  3. So beautiful the way your mind and heart work to creates more beauty! Love this post.

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    1. am-- Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words. It does my heart good to read that.

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  4. Create. What's with me? (-: I keep making comments with typos, everywhere I go. Looks as if my days as a "successful" perfectionist are over. Not a good sign, though, because my income depends on catching typos.
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    1. am-- Ah, but your caught it. That's the important part. From one proofreader to another, don't worry!

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  5. I love reflection photos. You just put a new twist on it for me.

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    1. Dave-- Glad you liked this. I'd love to see what you'll do with the reflections of Alaska!

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  6. Glad you have found some entertainment for these grey days, and thanks for sharing it with us! Welcome to our PNW world of winter! Of course, you remember it well, but you may have had more light on the peninsula than we have here. I'm turning into a Canasta and Scrabble Queen myself while waiting on spring.

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    1. Sky-- One of the reasons we left PNW was because of the winter fog. Even on days when it was supposed be clear, the fog would come in thick and relentless. I couldn't take it. I need LIGHT! Enjoy your Canasta and Scrabble, while we await the return of the sun.

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  7. Thank you for taking the time to play and to share your beautiful topsy-turvy photos.

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    1. Jennifer-- It was fun to take the topsy-turvy adventure. The upside down world is a trip!

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  8. Your upside down concept has struck a chord! Love playing with old images and discovering them anew. I'm feeling the same way about the weather.....blah.

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    1. Tara-- I don't know what made me want to turn my computer upside down to take a look at the photo, but I'm glad I did. It was fun! Tomorrow we're expecting 2 inches of rain, but then maybe a few days of glorious sunlight.

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  9. Wow, if it weren't for the slightly sharper view of the shore line, I would have been completely fooled. What a fun venture and an idea I had toyed with whenever I saw great reflection shots. Thanks for putting it into action.

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    1. Patti-- I love knowing that you thought about such a thing. Great minds, my friend!

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  10. I think they look great both ways. I remember doing this a while back also! I think people thought I was a little crazy but it gives a different perspective of things.

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    1. Nora-- How cool that you have done this too. It's such a wonderful way to have a new perspective of the world.

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    2. It's funny how the flipped photo looks wrong, but it's often hard to say exactly why at first.

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    3. paullamb-- Yes! The light is coming from below instead of from above in the actual sky!

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  11. That WAS fun. Thanks for turning my world upside down.

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  12. Robin Andrea: I think about you and Roger every time I hear on the news about another "hit" from the Pineapple Express. I notice you're not complaining (much). Each of you needs to get one of those visor lamps (as do I here in the cloudy Northeast).

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    1. Scott-- I think you might be right about those visor lamps, although I think spending winters in a sunnier clime might be more fun! So good to hear from you.

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  13. A fine comment on the state of our politics, Robin: right side up is upside down!

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    1. Peter-- I love that "right side up is upside down." Yes!

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  14. Wow well taken and I bet you did not realise you had done that when you took the photos originally

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    1. Bill-- I didn't even think of it when I was taking those photos. It just occurred to me when I was looking at the electrical tower to flip the picture to see if it would look the same. What a surprise!

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