Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections – Lotus Pond Reflecting Bridge Arches

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s challenge is: Reflections! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Lotus Pond Reflecting Bridge Arches by Seas Reflecting Starlight

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On a peaceful day in Wuhan, China, the still waters of a pond perfectly reflect the many arches of a bridge.  In the shallow parts of the pond there are so many lotus plants growing that the lotus leaves completely cover the water.  A few pink lotus blossoms rise up proud and strong, transcending the pond and the canopy of leaves, but not the scene itself.  The same still waters that allow for such a nice reflection are also what allows the thin stem of the lotus to grow straight up, unhindered by currents.

Are the conditions for inner reflections the same as that which we need to fully bloom?

Here are a few of my other favorite reflection photos from previous entries – click to see a larger view and read more:

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Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunrise – Hanauma Sunrise Panorama

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Sunrise! – my entries for other weeks can be found here.

Hanauma Sunrise Panorama by Seas Reflecting Starlight

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This is yesterday’s sunrise coming up between Koko Head and Hanauma (the two mountains) with reflections in the beautiful ocean.  This photo could not have been taken during high tide, so timing really is everything sometimes!  It’s mornings like this that remind me how much I really love living in Hawai’i!  The panorama is too large to easily fit in this window, so click on it to see a larger view.

Prints available on: Pixels and Fine Art America.

A few shout outs to some other gorgeous sunrises from around the world:

  • abstractlucidity shares multiple photos with a mirror reflection of the sunrise on water, and a nice silhouette of some water birds.
  • janeluriephotography has some images from Kiawah Island, South Carolina with beautiful clouds and grasses on the beach.
  • playamart shows sunrise on the rocky shoreline amongst the crashing waves at Playa San Miguel, and a small moment of a slew hermit crabs eating a coconut.
  • lagottocattleya‘s photo has silhouettes of trees rising out of the mist, and some pretty light refractions.
  • humantriumphant shares the bright and extremely vivid colors of a sunrise over the Appalachian Foothills.
  • uthamz shows a sunburst through the leaves of a tree overlooking a misty valley.
  • travelsandtrifles shares a mountainside aglow in “Let the Sun Shine”
  • the-serenity-space shows the soft pastel glow of a Pacific Ocean sunrise in Australia.
  • dewetswild has a nice silhouette of a bird on a lone branch of a dead tree.
  • photosandpursuits shares the Florida sun peeking through a tree and reflecting on a lake.
  • maireadkahn brings life to a frozen landscape with some bright golden hues.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections – Candlescape Reflections

This photo is part of WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge: Reflections

Candlescape Reflections by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Candlescape Reflections by Seas Reflecting Starlight

A vast landscape in miniature, this red candle has towering piles of brightly colored wax surrounding a still pool of molten wax with a very clear reflection. This photograph was taken at Daci Buddhist Monastery (大慈寺) in Chengdu, China, where eminent monk Xuanzang (玄奘, also known as Tripitaka) of the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907) was initiated.

The reflection in the peaceful pool in the middle of the candle mirrors one common type of use of candles in monasteries and temples: meditation and inner reflection.  Just as the candle literally reflects the monastery’s sleepy little retreat away from the hustle of the streets of Chengdu, it can also reflect a search for that same kind of peace within the eye of the beholder.

I also created a tiled version of this photo,which reflects this week’s theme of reflection, in that each candle is a reflection of the others:

Candlescape Reflections tiles by Seas Reflecting Starlight

Candlescape Reflections tiles by Seas Reflecting Starlight

There are multiple ways to create such tiled effects using photo editing programs like GIMP.

  • To prepare the image:
    • Make sure that the image content is close to the center, and that there aren’t any important details around the outer rim of the image. Details not in the center may be lost or obscured.
    • Method 1 (used above): Using GIMP, go to Filters > Map > Make Seamless
    • Method 2 (does not work well for all images): Using GIMP, go to Filters > Blur > Tileable Blur – set the blur radius to something that is relatively large in comparison to the size of your image for the most seamless results.
  • After using either method, there are multiples ways to make copies of the image in a tiled pattern:/li>
    • Option 1: Using GIMP, go to Filters > Map > Tile – make sure the height and width are linked, set the units to “%”, and input multiples of 100 for best results
    • Option 2: Using GIMP, go to Filters > Map > Small Tiles – this will shrink the size of your tiles to fit within the boundaries of the current image, but includes the ability to flip alternating tiles

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