Reflections and Moon Rocks

Botanical Building

Botanical Building

You can go to the shore and watch waves continuously changing the view.  Come back in a hundred years and the rocks will look about the same.  Over time water erodes rocks into beautiful patterns.  At first glance the colors are drab, but with a little magic they can be brilliant.  Another characteristic of water is that it reflects, but slight ripples cause interesting distortions.

Things can be anything you want them to be.  The captions I give photos are often how they first strike me.  Some of the rocks resemble a view from an aircraft or a satellite even though they were taken on the ground.  The reflections make me imagine a place where matter and antimatter meet.

The first 4 photographs were made at the reflecting pond for the Balboa Park Botanical Building in San Diego.  The park houses many museums and the weather in San Diego is always perfect.  The remainder are from Ocean Beach in San Diego.

53 responses

  1. Lovely.

    August 24, 2013 at 9:47 am

  2. So cool, like a Monet painting!!

    August 24, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • Thank you. Scroll down and there are some that look even more like Monet.

      August 24, 2013 at 10:20 am

  3. Thank you.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

  4. Thank you.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

  5. Really nice! A bit abstract, fab colors too.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:35 am

  6. I did, they are all so wonderful….well done👏👏👏

    August 24, 2013 at 10:43 am

  7. Nicely captured set of images.

    August 24, 2013 at 10:49 am

  8. Just lovely. I love the colors as well. :) Beautifully captured!

    August 24, 2013 at 12:53 pm

  9. Simply an amazing photo!

    August 24, 2013 at 1:21 pm

  10. Very cool, Ron!

    August 24, 2013 at 2:03 pm

  11. I tag my pathetic pictures as photography, and that gets me quite a few ‘likes’ by people who are only really looking for more followers of their own photography blog. It feels like a pyramid scheme sometimes. I always have a look to see who left the like, of course – but I have to say that I rarely, if ever, have seen talent like yours.

    August 24, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    • Well, you just made my day a lot better. Thank you.

      August 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      • Well deserved. I’m in awe of your fabulous eye – it’s not just the quality of your camera (tho when I was telling hubby of finding your blog during dinner, he wanted to know what technology you have, of course), it takes a lot of work to teach yourself how to take good photographs. I’m really only half-decent in black and white. But holy hell, you have more fantastic pictures on just one page of your blog than I’ve seen anywhere, by anyone, in ages.

        August 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

        • I shoot with a D800. Most of the photographs from the Baltic series were shot with a Nikon 24-120 f/4 VR. Actually,less pricey gear will do the job most of the time.

          August 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm

  12. Loved you take on it!

    August 24, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    • Thank you. A straight shot of the building can be found all over the internet and besides, it would not tolerate the things I did to the reflections to make them come out.

      August 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

  13. So pretty and colorful

    August 24, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  14. Interesting photo. Thanks for stopping by at my blog.

    August 25, 2013 at 3:24 am

    • You are welcome and thank you for commenting.

      August 25, 2013 at 7:32 am

  15. Jackie

    Very cool and interesting captures! I like them a lot. :-D

    August 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

  16. Hey, you’re in my neck of the woods! These are gorgeous images! I love photographing at Balboa Park, too :) Are you down here now?

    August 25, 2013 at 11:15 am

    • I have since returned to Houston. Thank you for stopping by.

      August 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

  17. Beautiful and tranquil

    August 25, 2013 at 4:12 pm

  18. love these…the reflections are fabulous!

    August 25, 2013 at 4:30 pm

  19. So beautiful!

    August 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

  20. Lovely.

    August 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

  21. I just might have to drive down to Balboa Park and replicate that ‘Botanical Building’ shot. ;) Wonderful abstract my friend!

    August 27, 2013 at 10:54 am

  22. you have the most amazing pictures!

    August 27, 2013 at 11:39 am

  23. Wonderful. Long ago I lived in San Diego. You bring back its’ beauty to me.

    August 27, 2013 at 9:38 pm

  24. Great images. That opening shot is beautiful.

    August 29, 2013 at 1:11 am

  25. Thank you for liking “Towers.” This is another set of fantastic photos. I like the visual combination of “real” water plants and the “unreal” distorted images of the objects reflected in the water. Like other people who have posted comments before me, I also admire the abstract, watercolor appearance of these photos, especially in the last four pictures.

    August 31, 2013 at 12:32 am

  26. Fantastic colourful images Ron . Particularly like the ariels and blue world . Very Painterly effects.

    September 3, 2013 at 6:40 am

    • Thank you, I was actually surprised with the results.

      September 3, 2013 at 8:18 am

  27. Right on, Ron! Water is really fascinating, and your eyes perceive beauty way beyond most of us can. Otherwise, there’d be lots of artistic photos like these.

    I love seeing these beauties you create.

    September 3, 2013 at 11:04 am

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