I am drawn to reflection images because of their symmetry. I sometimes find the inverted perspective of a reflected image more interesting than the actual object that is reflected. However, both real objects and their reflected images can work together beautifully to create captivating optical illusions. As you can see in some of the photos in this week’s post, it is hard to tell where the land or rocks end and the water reflecting them begins, and striking abstract patterns form from their seemingly seamless convergence.

Flickr – archer10 (Dennis) – China-7516.jpg

By Dennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada (China-7516) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

The picture is at a lake in the cave, the water is so clear and still that it is hard to see the division between the water and the walls.

Date: 27 November 2006, 18:09

Source: China-7516

Reflecting cavern lake.jpg

By David Jones (Reflecting cavern lake) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Reflecting lake in the Luray caverns in the northern Shenendoah valley. Formations were likened by our guide to various Disney characters…

Date: 2006-08-17, at 10:12

Source: Reflecting cavern lake

Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise.jpg

By Claire Curran (Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise Uploaded by PDTillman) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Dana Meadow Tarn at Sunrise — Yosemite National Park.

Date: 22 March 2010, 12:29


By Reza Hajipour (Taleghan lake دریاچه طالقان) [CC-BY-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Taleghan lake

Date: 17 March 2010

Source: Taleghan lake دریاچه طالقان


By Aqwis (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Panorama of the mountains along the Ulvikfjord, a side arm of the Hardangerfjord in Western Norway.

Date: 18 March 2008

Loch Eck looking west from the east shore – – 49455.jpg

By Christine Matthews [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

Loch Eck looking west from the east shore. Taken just north of the Whistlefield Inn looking towards Creag an Fhithich on a perfect summer day with gorgeous reflections.

Date: July 1997

Source: From

March Wood reflected in St Mary’s Loch – – 689837.jpg

By Walter Baxter [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


Photo Description:

March Wood reflected in St Mary’s Loch Viewed across the loch from the A708 during tranquil conditions on a beautiful February morning. The grass in the shade of the trees is still frosted.

Date: 13 February 2008

Source: From


4 thoughts on “Reflections

    1. Yes, I agree. Water reflections are especially wonderful to look at. Thank you for liking this post as well as “Sunrays and Atmospheric Optics” and for taking the time to comment on some of my posts. I appreciate your feedback, and I also enjoy visiting and learning about the creative process from your blog. 🙂


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