Reflections in the Water

Watching the sunset is a sublime and magical experience, but it doesn’t last long and reminds you of the passage of time. There is another sight, equally mesmerizing, and limited only by your imagination: surface of water and reflections.

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Water reflects everything and distorts everything. It  blurs the boundaries between the real and surreal.  Water is an enigma.

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I want to share a video, a beautiful interpretation of Claude Debussy Reflets dans l’eau – Reflections in the Water by an Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, one of the most enigmatic performers of the twentieth century.


There are a few images from a man-made lake in the Johnstown Castle grounds. All the images are created by light and shadows, weeds, reflections and ripples. Please click to enlarge them to appreciate the beauty of the Nature’s paintings.

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Have you ever heard about Memory of water? A study supporting this controversial theory was published in  1988; it is when I first learned about it. I find this theory quite fascinating and hope that there is something beyond the simple chemical H2O.

You can also read about the surface tension to refresh your high school knowledge and reflect on the progress you have made since then 🙂

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I have many more images of reflections and hope to share them in the future.

Photography tip of the day: to reduce glare and unwanted reflections, use a polarising filter.  The size you want is the diameter of your lens.

www.inesemjphotography.comHave a good, productive week!

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  1. I love the sunlight’s effect on the sediment in the water. It’s too easy to write about clear water, or seeing oneself in the water. Sometimes we don’t see anything, which I think is far more mysterious.

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    1. Oh I agree with you! The sun rays are struggling to get through. They are bending which creates this milky-green effect. I would want to know what the air and the sun look like for the tiny critters in this green water :).

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  2. Amazingly beautiful, dear Inese… The first photo reminded me of Monet’s paintings… Beautiful effect of watery reflections…
    And last but not least, Debussy fits perfectly here !!! 🙂
    Thank you very much for sharing, all the very best to you,
    Aquileana 😀

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    1. Aquileana – thank you again for your kind comments. The impressionists must have learned their style from the reflections:) It truly looks like Monet. Each ditch and pond in that park looked like Monet:)
      My best wishes to you!
      Hugs, Inese

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  3. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis). The incredible thing about water is though cleansed and transformed so many times it’s the very same water that flowed from the dawn of the earth. Beautiful pictures each a work of art. I can imagine them on 6ft. canvas’s mounted on white walls, they would be incredible!

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    1. I too love this verse. You can check out the link, Water memory. Some people think that water holds the memory of creation.
      Thank you for your kind comment!

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    1. Thank you! 🙂 It was taken some 5 years ago. I was walking in the park and there were ditches full of water all around ( after the heavy rains). Early April, young leaves look like the strokes of painting brush.

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  4. Beautiful pictures, and that piece of music playing in the background matched them perfectly. It’s incredible how musicians can capture visual ideas and concepts in sound. If you’re interested, have a listen to the work by cellist Zoe Keating…for me I find she’s able to do the same 🙂

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