Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Most of my reflection photos come from nature, and I have posted some of them before. Most of the following were taken within the last year. They tell the story of the weather this past autumn and winter.

I start with icicles. This winter has been brutal here in the Midwest – record cold temperatures for several days in a row, 3rd snowiest winter on record. So it’s not surprising that icicles this winter were larger than ever and often interesting to photograph.

Taken at 4:41 on Feb. 6: the late afternoon sunlight reflecting on these icicles hanging from the roof of my house enhances the grooves made in the formation of the icicles.
Taken at 4:41 on Feb. 6: the late afternoon sunlight reflecting on these icicles hanging from the roof of my house enhances the grooves made in the formation of the icicles.
I liked the contrast in colors between the white of the snow and the yellow icicles, reflecting the light of the setting sun (taken Feb. 10 at 5:54 pm).
I liked the contrast in colors between the white of the snow and the yellow icicles, reflecting the light of the setting sun (taken Feb. 10 at 5:54 pm).

Later in February, there was a brief thaw. The ice and snow began to melt and sidewalks flooded with water. I took these pictures of the reflections of trees in the pools of melted water:

IMAG1504IMAG1506 (2)Going backward in time, I took the following two pictures at a local park district facility, on a walking path.

Setting sun reflects on the water of a pond.
Setting sun reflects on the water of a pond.

Taken in August 2013:

I often see this ibis in one of the ponds along this walking path. The water was so still, allowing for a perfect reflection of the white bird.
I often see this ibis in one of the ponds along this walking path. The water was so still, allowing for a perfect reflection of the white bird.

Going backward in time to earlier in the summer, my husband and I took a trip down south. First we visited a friend in Austin, Texas. Here you see her and my husband reflected in a mirror, taken in the childhood home of Lyndon B. Johnson.

???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Later we visited Memphis, where we visited Graceland. Glitz, bling and lights were prominent in Elvis’s home as well as in the museums at Graceland.

I especially like this picture I took in the mansion from the top of a stairway surrounded on all sides by mirrors, reflecting multiple images of the people descending the stairs.

The enclosed stairway surrounded by glass mirrors on all sides gave me vertigo! However, I liked the effect.
The enclosed stairway surrounded by glass mirrors on all sides gave me vertigo! However, I liked the effect.

What trip to Graceland would be complete without visiting the exhibit dedicated to Elvis’s cars? This black car was made more impressively glitzy by lights reflecting all over its surface.

1256Reflections of images, people or animals, or created by the colors of a setting sun or by manmade lights reflecting on a surface are great opportunities to photograph the different effects that light creates.

 

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