Friday, November 30, 2012

November Reflections

Dear George,
One day in June or maybe July I was walking along the edge of Burnet Woods Lake on my way to my office.  The air was perfectly still, and the tall trees produced elegant reflections on the water’s surface.  I didn’t have a camera but decided I should take photos sometime soon. I decided to watch for a day when there wasn’t any wind, but that’s easier said than done.  Probably because of Cincinnati’s hilly topography, there’s a 10 or 15 m.p.h. wind practically every day.  It took me till late November, and even then the lake wasn’t all that calm.  

Along with clouds, lightning, fireflies, etc., reflections on the water are one of the wonders of nature.  For one thing, they instruct us about the important distinction between reality and its image or representation.  Sometimes, when the water is perfectly quiet, image and reality are virtually identical.  How that can happen is astonishing and mysterious.  Then, when the wind begins to stir, reflections start to shimmer and soon take on a magical life all their own.  When it gets too windy, of course, reflections disappear altogether.  Here are some photos from Burnet Woods Lake from earlier this week.  It will probably be months before conditions are right to take some more.

G-mail Comments
-Donna D (12-1):  wow david these are beautiful!  some are simply gorgeous.  so mysterious.  just wonderful!  donna

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