One Word Photo Challenge: Sapphire

Thank you Jennifer for the One Word Photo Challenge: Sapphire.

I could have used my previous post for this theme, but decided to photograph some of the sapphire blue bottles that I’ve collected over the years.

I like the way the way the warm color of the wood is reflected by the cool blue of the glass.


Photography 101: Mystery (or Late night Optical Illusions in my Kitchen)

For day 10, of Photography 101 the theme is Mystery.

“Show us something uncertain, and manipulate light around you to enhance the mood of your image.”

I had no idea what to photograph for today’s theme. Finally, tonight, I decided to photograph my kitchen window. Being quite tired, I manipulated the light minimally by flicking a light switch to turn on the blue glass lamp.

I like the way it’s uncertain whether the light is being reflected or refracted, whether an object is on one side of the panes or the other.

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If I show more of the scene, some of the uncertainty lessens. The position of the blue glass lamp becomes clear and the curtain on the window creates a reference point. Depth, however, is still ambiguous within the window panes.

The light at the center, top edge of the photo is coming from my neighbor’s house and is well over 50′ away, beyond the window. The leaves and branches silhouetted by that light are at least 25 ‘ from the window, though they appear much closer. The orange wall and white mullioned windows are 20’ from the reflecting window, mirrored with a fun-house distortion.

Window reflections and refractions

There are also a couple of glass bottles on the widow sill, at the center of the bottom edge of the photo, barely visible, which appear to be to the right of a whitish rectangular shape. That white rectangular shape is not next to the bottles on the sill. It is, in fact, being reflected from 20′ feet and is just below the white mullioned windows on the orange wall. The three floating blue dots are blue glass bottles, also on the window on the opposite wall.

Who knew there were so many optical illusions in my kitchen… or within my kitchen window pane… I think part of my fascination with this can be attributed to the lateness of the hour!

Thanks for bearing with me! 🙂

Hoping you all enjoy your weekend.


This is my response to the WordPress weekly photo challenge: Refraction. I took these photos in 2011 while visiting with friends in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

St. John, US Virgin Islands
I was very happy to capture that little bit of a mirage along with the slight alpha shape of the sun as the light was bent through the atmosphere. Some of the very center of the sun was blown out. I cloned-in the surrounding color, but I’m not sure if I’m happy with that. Constructive feedback in the comments below would be helpful!

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I also came across this quote by J.R.R. Tolkien from Tree and Leaf.

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues, and endlessly combined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.”

It reminds me that we are all individual expressions of the One Universal Light with the power and responsibility of sub/co-creators. We can help or hurt. Hinder or facilitate. Create or destroy. The choice and the struggle is ours from moment to moment, circumstance to circumstance. Are we an asset or a detriment to creation and our fellow co-creators?

Wishing you a wonderful rest-of-the-week.

Blessings 🙂