Posts Tagged ‘water’

Wonders in Nature

    I have lots of rocks in the house and many many more edging the gardens in my backyard.

Most were picked for their shape, color and design.

This rock “bowl” holds water and attracts birds. It also reflects any nearby plants.

 Any water movement in this “bowl” reflects small objects, clouds, nearby plants,

and clouds in the sky.

A light wind moves the reflections of a nearby vine.

 

 

Reflections

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I can’t resist the reflections and

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the distortion of water drops

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in their surroundings.

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Nature’s

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magnifying glass.

(this blog was completed in July)

Tree Personalities

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Who knew trees had such a personality?

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Stories could be made  up to go with the woody personalities.

 “There I was, right in the middle of a swamp. Something jumped in the water. And here came a snake, yes,  a snake.”

You can finished the story. Or get one of your little ones to finish it for you.

Tiny Reflections

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I’ve had a fascination with reflections on water for a long time.

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Even the smallest beads of water have reflections, designs and distortion.

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It’s the leaves surrounding it and the sky that reflect on this drop of water.

 

Fascination With Water

Water has many “faces.”

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The mirror for a spring day.

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Ripples roll yellow-rimmed shadows, like a spilled bag of marbles.

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An abstract shadow of the floating leaf.

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Look close — there’s the yellow-rimmed shadows. There’s also faint surface reflections of sky and trees near the bank.

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Sky reflections show water movement and faint designs of nearby objects.

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Every tiny bubble reflects the same view of above.

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Larger bubbles become a “lens” that distorts the circular view around it.

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The water’s surface … a Monet painting?

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Ice formed into the shape of either a bell or a hat.

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The surface of the water freezes. Lines form as the water level gradually drops, and the ice continues to form only where the water touches it.

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I have no idea how this ice formed. It had to be magic.

Gloomy Day Mystery

Sunday ended up being another cloud-covered day, with intermittent drizzle. I decided to go for a hike and ended up being the only one at Jones Lake.

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I followed the lake trail. Rose hips on the swamp roses added a little color to the gloomy day.

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 The clouds continued to increase during my hike, which changed the appearance of the rose hips on my way back to the truck.

It always amazes me how drops of water invert the view.

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 Here is my real mystery. I can’t explain why the light bands are reflected vertically on the water. Where did they come from?  The tree-covered hill would have a more solid appearance. The clouds wouldn’t be in bands either. I don’t see how my height compared to the water level would make a difference. Maybe there’s a scientific reason that would be way over my head.

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On darn, (being facetious) guess I’ll just have to come back to see if these reflections are still here.

The Magic of Ice, Part One

Designs in ice always fascinate me. A recent cold spell created both dramatic and delicate designs.

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The creek is a small wet-weather creek with a rocky bottom.

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A closer look shows intricate designs within the designs.

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Contributing shapes and the flow of the water seem to have quite an imagination.

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A larger area makes a larger “canvas” for the masterpiece.

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Nooks crowd designs within their confines.

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Some look like they’d break just from the wind’s breath.

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I haven’t decided what this figure resembles.

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Ebb and flow, as the creatures create themselves.

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I’ll post part 2 of this ice blog series on Wednesday, the 21st.

More Amazing!!! Ice

Welcome back for the second part of mine and Buffy’s hike on Eagle Mountain.

Areas of the creek were dry where the water dropped underground, and other areas had running water.

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 Ice only remained in this shaded 25-30 foot area.

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Areas had multi-layered ice, and others had a thin sheet of it.

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I hope you enjoyed the second part of your vicarious hike.

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I have to give Buffy credit for staying off the ice, so I could capture all this beauty.

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Here’s the link to my first ice blog:

https://naturesnippets.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=8109&action=edit

Hmmmm– Running Water

What a difference one day makes — this morning windchill at – 4 from another Arctic blast.

The sun shone yesterday (Monday) and temperature reached 50.

Buffy and I hadn’t hiked lately because of the Arctic weather and the last of the deer seasons. We headed to Eagle Mountain (a ridge of hills on the eastern side of southern Illinois.)

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Water actually ran in upper parts of the creek and dropped underground in the lower areas where the creek widened considerably.

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Ripples created the most fascinating yellow-edged shadows.

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Bubbles distorted the shapes they reflected.

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Melting ice remained on a small north-facing sandstone outcroping.

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At least I can walk back through my memories of this hike while the frigid winds blow again outside.

Ripple Variations

  Buffy wanted to visit Jones Lake so she could play in the water. I wasn’t about to argue with her. The sky gradually clouded, and a wind blew as we walked along the lake trail.

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Wind pushed the water into ripples.

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 Blue sky, and sunlit and shadowed clouds created endless designs.

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 Underwater objects could occasionally be seen too,

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and added designs from below.

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I didn’t know what to expect with each picture I took because of the water’s rapid movements.

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Lakes among  snowy mountains?

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An underwater jungle?

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A shrubby plant reflected as a shrubby plant.

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Surface alien beings?

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The alien’s homeland?

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Then I came to a cove with tree and shrub reflections coming toward me.

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The reflections moved SO fast.

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A water creature saying “farewell?”

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While putting this blog together, I began to wonder …

am I observant or easily amused?