REFLECTIONS

November 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

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In August of this year, I took this photograph at the Merritt Island National Wildlife Preserve near Cape Canaveral, REFLECTIONSMerritt Island National Wildlife Refuge Florida. Still water is nature's natural mirror, so when I have the opportunity to photograph it  I always take advantage of the opportunity. On this particular day I was with a colleague who loves photography not only as much as I do, but also we went to high school together. Two photographers who are friends doing what they love to do most, take photographs, and catching up on the latest news about our former classmates. It absolutely does not get any better.

Why do I like this photograph so much? Symmetry does not naturally occur in nature. Things are never straight or perfectly round. Although there are exceptions, nature, like a child's playroom, tends towards maximum disorder. The scientific word for this is "entropy". But in this serene scene, the clouds, and everything are symmetrical because of the water's reflection. It is a most interesting dichotomy to say the least. Maybe that's why scenes like these stand out, and beg to be photographed.

Reflection has another connotation. We "reflect" on events in our lives, our beliefs, and how we relate to others. We "pause to reflect." Stated more simply, we think about things. So whenever we see a photograph like this, it brings up not only the reflection in the image, but also reflections about ourselves as well.

Oh I am getting philosophical aren't I? Move over Aristotle and Plato, here I come! Funny though, I never really thought of myself as a philosopher, 

So here's to symmetry in nature, you elusive creature.

Before I close though, I would like to mention that there is some order in nature if you look hard enough. The best example of this is the Nautilus. It's shell grows and expands to a formula called the Fibonacci Series.  Google it. I won't discuss it further because you be clicking the X in the upper right corner if I do. If you love mathematics like I do you will find it interesting. Otherwise, don't worry about it. It's been around a long time.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Until next time. And remember, when it doubt, press the shutter button.

Paul

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