Rio Reflections

2/5/13 -120-
2/5/13 -120-


This photo was taken on January 12, 2013 at 5:25 am.
The location was at a man made lake at a development called the "Rio" in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

The "Take It!" came from the striking beauty of yet another happen upon reflection.  As you can see from the above time of the photo taking - it was early in my day.  I make a regular stop at a location that is about 20 feet from the edge of this little lake and am usually in a hurry to get on with my day.  It was a Saturday and along with this day comes a lessening of traffic which allows me a lot more leisurely pace.  With that as the background - I decided to take a moment to walk over and take a look to see what I could see using a body of water as the canvas.  I was knocked out with the bounty of offerings.  This set of trees being the first of what will be a series of photos which I am in hopes will delight you as much as they did me in the discovery.
The After Take:  There is not a single person that I have shown this photo to that has not been like me - quite awed by it.  I always claim these photos are gifts to me - and this web site has enabled me the great opportunity to share them will all who can take a moment to view them.  So many of my photos are by happen stance which makes them all the more enjoyable in the taking and of course in the sharing as well.  I think when I am showing the photos while they are still in the camera, via the camera monitor - my surprise in being given the chance at taking the photo is very apparent to the listener/viewer.  



The featured photo has background lighting from two light sources.  The yellow/gold light is from one of those set of lights that sits on top of a very very tall pole and is usually found where they are trying to light up a special roadway situation.  In this instance the initial illumination  is meant for a large intersection and on ramps for a set of freeways.   The lower silver/white light is one of many that have been placed around the perimeter of the lake to light up the wooden boardwalk that surrounds the body of water.   As you can see the colors and the placements of these lights bring about a set of effects that could not be more different. 
Please remember these photos are reflections and the camera is not upside down - lol.  Many to whom I have shown this photo to via the camera monitor have immediately tried to turn the camera 180 degrees to supposedly bring the picture right side up.  It is a kick to help them bring the photo to its rightful image location for I had the same sort of initial reaction when I first saw as well.
I took the opportunity to crop out the white/silver light in the below print to allow a full on enjoyment of the single color of the yellow/gold light which seems to be softer and gives the viewer a different reaction.
The writing of these descriptions of photos gives me a chance to relive the pleasant experience of taking them.  Here is hoping many of you are doing the same thing in one form or another.  In the past I have tried journaling and somehow just did not have whatever it takes to keep on doing that on a regular basis to make it seem relevant.  This is as close as I have ever been and it is great to be able to share it.
Wishing you all a great day,


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Comments: 8
  • #1

    Sarah (Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:24)

    That a great looking shot. I love how the lights reflect so peacefully off the calm water.

  • #2

    Treehugger (Tuesday, 05 February 2013 18:25)

    This photo is both calming and ominous at the same time. It is very strange determining how it makes me feel.

  • #3

    Jeff (Friday, 08 February 2013 13:37)

    Cool shot

  • #4

    Teri (Friday, 08 February 2013 13:38)

    I can see what you mean Treehugger. It is def more on the scary side to me though.

  • #5

    Ray (Friday, 08 February 2013 13:40)

    Is it time to queue the x-files music again?

  • #6

    whutzzat (Sunday, 10 February 2013 13:55)

    Many thanks to all for the kind comments
    TreeHugger: I think you called it just right. There is lots of grounds for either or.
    Ray: Please keep that theme music ready - there are more photos coming that will call for it - lol.

    Best regards to all

  • #7

    Gabe (Monday, 11 February 2013 15:05)

    They are def very somber looking shots.

  • #8

    Ray (Monday, 11 February 2013 15:06)

    Hahaha ok I'll just keep it at the ready.