May 1, 2012

Reflected Light

The illumination of bright sun reveals worlds and lightens our spirits, but its indirect reflection onto surfaces and objects offers a different way of seeing. Light bounced up onto a Morpho butterfly's wing is reflected back in a remarkable iridescent glow. 

Even a slab of stucco wall can be made beautiful by reflected light; the central rectangle has a lovely yellow warmth within its shade. 

There are sometimes fleeting moments of light reflected from shiny surfaces: here, the sun glancing off the windshield of my car made its way into my bedroom, lighting a patch of ceiling and a pull toy on a shelf.

Sunlight shining on a floor makes its way up the wall and catches the undersides of forms, lighting the ordinary in an extraordinary glow.

A copper pot seems made to pick up moments of light, 

as does a plastic translucent tube, reflecting its red essence on a floor. "Elucidate": shed light on. There are many ways to do that, both figuratively and actually.


  1. Exquisite! Thanks for reflecting back to us.

  2. Thank you for the lovely images, the reminder to keep our eyes open and the inspiration:

  3. You are both very welcome, Julie and Cheryl. I'm happy you enjoyed the post.