Shadows and reflections


When you look at the world, what do you see?

Do you see what is obvious?

Do you see what is hidden? 

Mirror reflections

Do you see reflections?

Shadows of lamp

Do you glimpse shadows?

Pink shadows

Do you see only that which looks solid, obvious, concrete?  Or do you see in between the physical manifestation into shadow, reflection, possibility?

Shadows of home

What does shadow show you?  What does shadow teach you?  Where do reflections point?

Can you learn from that which only hints, which only alludes, which only gestures?

What have you learned in the shadows and reflections recently?  What has Life taught you in a subtle way?

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I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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18 Responses to Shadows and reflections

  1. Dawn says:

    Sometimes photographing what’s not there is more interesting than what is there. Nice pictures, especially like the top one. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Dawn, that photo was taken early in September and never found its way into the blog. But I kept looking at it…getting more intrigued about it as time passed. I like what it attempts to reveal.

  2. Kathy – My favorite photograph in your post today is “mirror reflections” — I had to look twice to pick it out.

    You ask a bevy of wonderful questions. For me, shadows help me to appreciate the light. David Brazier who penned, “The Feeling Buddha: A Buddhist Psychology of Character, Adversity and Passion” put it well when he said, “Affliction and trouble are as essential as the grit is to the pearl.”

    • Kathy says:

      Laurie, that photo was taken the day we took the Studebaker to town to give away the carpeting. (You can tell it was September by all those yellow leaves everywhere.)

      Shadows do help us appreciate the light, don’t they? And that pearl would have never formed without the daily grinding.

  3. Oh Kathy!

    Reflections stood out to me…I saw a PacMan…..and no I am not hallucinating!

    I saw all kinds of possibilities here…

  4. Karma says:

    Hi Kathy – been away for a few days so I have some catching up to do. Your thoughts and pictures are resonating with me today, though I don’t seem to have the words to clarify exactly what it is I’m feeling or thinking.
    Not necessarily a bad thing to find me speechless for a change!

    • Kathy says:

      Karma, does it amaze you when you discover that you’re speechless? Sometimes I’m amazed when no words present themselves…but you know that resonance is happening anyway. Welcome back!

  5. Reggie says:

    Wow, Kathy, that is so profound… I particularly like the mirror reflections picture – like Laurie, it took me a moment to spot the mirror! Very thought-provoking post.

    • Kathy says:

      That’s interesting that it took you a while to spot the mirror. Because I knew it was there, I didn’t realize it would blend in so well and be difficult to see. That makes me like the picture even more!

  6. Cindy Lou says:

    Nothing like jump-starting our thoughts, hey? Much to think about…now that all the leaves are gone, I find myself looking more closely at the natural world around me. Sometimes I discover it in the wide vista of the bay at sunrise (serenely subtle on the way in this morn), but most often I find it tucked in….like the princess pine peeking through the leaves. The lesson? Hmm, it’s OK to snuggle down at this time of year – to contemplate and just be.

    • Kathy says:

      Cindy Lou, I love it–in a different way–when the leaves have all fallen. It feels like the trees are bare bones, or skeletons, clicking in the wind. It does open up our vista, our expanse. We’re suddenly not tucked away in all those leaves. Wishing you snuggling down, contemplation and deep appreciation of simply being.

  7. Elisa's Spot says:


    I could write an entire book or few in answer or examination of all of your questions. I live all of them at every moment. Gosh I am now rather discomfited by my very short reply there.

    The excited tripping over herself one is laughing. She wants to say…sit a while and look at the mirror, and the dark and the light. Look at reflections of all of those things in it. Then move it and watch the reflection of light into dark and dark into light. How does the view shift? Does what is real shift at all? Intake of sharp breath, but why? Does trying to articulate any of it make anything any different than it is? More visible for those who do not see nor think these things? Do those who do or do not need to be doing anything differently than exactly as they are?

    (I got offered a lifelong dream job today Kathy, and I think all of the ducks are in a row to be able to say YES for me for a change!!!–if by shadow you mean fear, so many humans around me today have made huge strides to shine light into it for me so that I might have a thing for myself!)

    • Kathy says:

      Elisa, you got offered a lifelong dream job today?? Really?? That is incredible! I look forward to hearing more. Love the way you look so deeply into the subtle shades and shadows and reflections.

  8. Colleen says:

    Kathy, I’m drawn to reflections too. And am becoming more willing to see them in everything. I still often “forget” when the images become too uncomfortable! And sometimes I’m just not quite ready to go there…..surely it can’t ALL be about me. Or can it 🙂

    Like Cindy Lou, I love it when the leaves are gone and our views and vistas change. There is something very honest and beautiful about trees without their leaves.

    • Kathy says:

      Ahhh yes, Colleen…that discomfort we get when the images reflect back more than we’re ready to see. Smiling at your observation: is it really all about us? Depends on our definition of “me”. Smiling again. I would like to take pics of bare-bone trees soon. To show you how completely our world changed.

  9. Robin says:

    I’ve been drawn to shadows, light, and reflections too.

    Once again, they are all beautiful images but the top one seems to draw me in the most. Almost mesmerizing, trying to see everything in it.

    • Kathy says:

      One day last weekend I watched the eyes being drawn over and over again to every shadow reflected along the road. Very mesmerizing! Interesting that you’re drawn in by them too at this time, Robin.

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