Wilson Creek. Overhanging branches, reflected sky, water surface, and submerged rocks make four layers of view. Douthat State Park, Blue Ridge Mountains, Virginia 2010.
Reflecting Waters: Multi-Layered Views
Quiet contemplation allows my awareness to sink into the being of a place, to attend to the light, the form and the detail. Light carries the energy, the liveliness. Form organizes our attention. Detail offers us ways to engage. We can soften our perception, for the emergence of connections to our internal being and to the vast web of existence. If there’s a secret here, it’s in slow seeing. In slow seeing with quick eyes.
Water is the foundation for our biological life, and for our spirit it provides metaphors for teachings of wisdom and treats our eyes to colorful scenes reflected and refracted, modulated by ever restless surfaces. Images involving water are naturally layered, confounding two, three, or even four subject aspects, delighting the eye and challenging the mind.
Mendenhall Lake Rushes, Tongass National Forest, near Juneau, Alaska, 2010.
Lazy ripples in a glassy surface reflect rushes in this campground pond at the edge of Mendenhall Lake.
Suspended in Reflection, Nancy Lake State Park, Alaska, 2010.
Wanapum Lake, Mid-Columbia River, Washington, 2013.
Caloosahatchee River. This wave was tiny with a menacing mien. Fort Myers, Florida, 2014.
Floating Feather. Little Creek weaves through golden dunes and across the beach. Wind ripples pushed this feather along. Little Creek Cove, Agate Beach, Oregon. 2007.
Short Sands Creek. Oswald West State Park, Oregon. 2013.
Moon Boulder. Meyer Reflecting Pond, Lithia Park, Ashland, Oregon. 2012.
Columbia River Water No.3. Quiet reflection, along the River Walk east of the East Mooring Basin. I love exploring the informal paths around the river ponds. Astoria, Oregon, 2011.