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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection

“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.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Christmas Tree Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Rainbow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Terminal Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection = Illumination City

Light illuminates; it makes manifest things we don’t see. Until we turn the lights on, we don’t see things in all their glory. This photo challenge  on – REFRACTION – made me stop, ponder the meaning of the word, and investigate it so I could understand it better.  It was a bit abstract for me and finding suitable words, photos and quotes was difficult. So I did some homework on its meaning and effect.

What the heck is refraction?
According to information I gathered online from a course at Vermont State Colleges(vsc), Refraction can be defined as the bending of light as it passes from one medium to another with different densities. Refracted light creates a variety of patterns, reflections and refractions. Because I was curious to learn more, I checked out the vsc course to learn the many ways we see the optical effects of refracted light: Refraction creates changes in Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight, Inferior Mirages, Superior Mirage, Halo, Tangent/Bright Arcs of light, Sun Dogs, Rainbows, Dewdrops/Raindrops, Primary Rainbow, Secondary Rainbow, Diffraction, Moon Corona, and Iridescence and Glory. Who knew?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Hudson River Sunset

Who knew that the seemingly simple act of bending light could lead to all these ranges of optical effects. Ha! I bet you thought you were coming to look at a bunch of photos. Right? This is why I love the photo challenges; they challenge us to learn more about our surroundings, to become acutely aware of the things we see and take for granted, and to become conscious of the unique beauty of things around us that we see and like.  My favorite one  from the list were Rainbows which are as per the vsc site: “generated through refraction and reflection of light in small rain drops; sun must be behind you; rain drops must be ahead of you; the angle between your line-of-sight and the sunlight will be 40°-42.”   Beautiful!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from Becoming Human by Hafiz
Once a man came to me and spoke for hours about
“His great visions of God” he felt he was having
He asked me for confirmation, saying,
“Are these wondrous dreams true?”

I replied, “How many goats do you have?”
He looked surprised and said,
“I am speaking of sublime visions
And you ask
About goats!” Hafiz

What inhabits my dreamscape? What do I find dreamy? In my dreamscape, I find shapes and scenes in foggy weather quite dreamy. They harken back to something old and ancient in the deepest recesses of my being. I am awake in the fog, yet my mind is in a dream like state, inhaling all that gray gloominess… I reach for the sun. Light cheers me up. Often in my dreams, I see bridges and the sea. The waves crashing nearby lull me to sleep, and then, I awaken to the din of traffic outside or the cat calling his friends to stop by and play. I prefer dreamscape to dreamy. You ask why? The word “dreamy” reminds me of Patrick Dempsey not dreams and memory… I wonder why!

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from The Awakening by Rumi
I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life

I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song

Once, an elder told me, in my father’s village, that water and bridges take us across the veil from the land of the living to the ancestral realm…. “In a good way”, he intoned, when I expressed alarm. “The water is healing and the bridge assures a return”. What about the ducks? I ask. “They have their place as a backdrop to the life before us. They provide us with beautiful memories in the background of all of life’s challenges. Flowers, nature and love do too”. So enjoy the ducks in the park pond, their role is crucial to our memory…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” Bob Marley

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – Seen on the ceiling of a NYC Subway car

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Signs make us think. Some make us laugh. All have stories to tell. We have a pigeon problem in NYC… Well, it depends on who you ask and where you are. I guess the rats will win hands down. Anyhow, I laughed out loud, one morning, when I hit the subway and noticed people looking up, instead of at their feet. I looked up and that hysterical sign greeted me. It covered the entire length of the ceiling in my subway car. I paused long enough to collect myself, whip out my cheapo camera, and take a few shots. I have one with the people standing so you get the depth of it. I will go back and upload it so this one makes sense. There’s another sign I’d love to share but can’t find it. Sadly, I don’t always label my photo folders properly… C’est la vie! Enjoy

“Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.” Robert H. Schuller

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS

Challenge: SIGNS  I found this sign in a thrift store!

Weekly Photo Challenge: SIGNS – I found this sign in a thrift store and it spoke to me. Haha!

Signs speak to us in many ways; they inform us, warn us, educate us, mislead us, and even make us laugh. T-shirts with interesting and funny lines are popular in Japan and I guess everywhere else in the world. We took shots of these in a Tokyo store… Love the literal translations. My daughters took even better ones but won’t let me share them. I get it. I speak two other languages and the T-shirts reminded me of when I was learning other languages too. I love them. Come back later for more. Ha!

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