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If for some reason you are unable to attend Rosh Hashanah services this year, due to illness or for some other reason, please feel free to listen and meditate with this podcast offering Thursday and Friday morning: roshhashanah2014:5775.mp3 When I speak of looking around the room at other members of the congregation or standing with them to hear the shofar, take time to look at the people you love, who care for you when they are near. If standing is not possible for you, recline in your bed long and straight, listen for sounds in your environment, birds, passing cars, the wind or rain that invite you to wake up and pay attention. L'shanah Tova~Laura

Friday, March 11, 2011

Shadows and Reflections in Black and White, Oh My!


 stairs leading nowhere
and everywhere all at once
 i sit and ponder

We were early for a doctors appointment sitting in the lobby when I noticed a certain Escher-esque quality to the reflection of steps and shadows echoed in the glass encased stairwell. I know my daughter was embarrassed as I whipped out my camera in the lobby...but I think it was totally worth it. (14 year old's are embarrassed by pretty much anything a parent does in public, so I was not inhibited whatsoever).

And since I'll be away for the weekend I figured I'd do a three in one before I left and pre-schedule the post. Have a restful weekend everyone.

gentle steps,
Laura




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51 comments:

  1. That photo does remind me of those Escher stairs! So observant! And never fear, fourteen year olds do eventually grow out of the eye-rolling, "Mo-ther" phase! Enjoy your weekend.
    Peace,
    Muff

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  2. Laura you have shown us again that maintaining an observant eye lifts us from the mundane to the magnificent

    may your women's weekend away offer new vistas and views

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  3. Black and white is definitive and clear cut. Great clarity. Stairway to forever.

    Great post.

    Blessings.

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  4. Now and then it is nice to see black and white shots. Trust you will have a safe and nice weekend.

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  5. Black and white is definitive, clear cut. A stairway to forever.

    Great post. So glad for the share.

    Blessings.

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  6. Fabulous photograph. Beautiful haiku.

    Judy

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  7. I, too, do love the way you have of showing us a different approach, a different way to look at things -- all things! Hope you have a beautiful weekend, Laura!

    Sylvia

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  8. So beautiful lines, light and reflections!

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  9. Love this shot! Thanks for sharing and happy weekend!
    WR-Sunset

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  10. Beautiful!
    Happy weekend reflections Laura.
    R e g i n a

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  11. Beautiful, artistic play of light, shadow and reflection!

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  12. Laura,

    Great photo! Your daughter will recover from her embarrassment. ;)

    Jeanne

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  13. wow, laura, what a lovely photo!!! very refreshing to look at! :-) have a wonderful weekend! God bless! :-)

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  14. Wonderful picture of the stairs to ?...Have a nice weekend...

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  15. Wonderful photo Laura! I do love it!
    have a great weekend:)
    Hugs
    Joo
    xxx

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  16. I like the work on the symetry you did here... And the choice of B&W on this particular picture seems like a tribute to Escher... Great job !

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  17. I love the photo and especially the story about how and when you captured it.

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  18. I like this shot very much. Good eye! Hope you're having a fun time away.

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  19. The stairs seem like an abstract geometric figure. To climb or to descent, the many movements of several staircases can confuse us if we have any qualms about which direction we will next be going...

    Wonderfully captured and almost artistry in motion!

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  20. good eye! i love it when you spot an interesting shadow when you least expect it.

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  21. Absolutely the best thing to do in a waiting room is to take out your camera. It can act like a meditation.
    Parents exist to embarrass their children - fact of life!

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  22. I really like that. Lovely shot!

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  23. Beautiful photo! We should always be willing to embarrass children when it helps us capture a moment of random beauty.

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  24. I agree with you that the steps do look like a work of Escher. You capture is excellent. the way you were able to catch the light just right is awesome. I always take my book, knitting, or embroidery when I go to the doctor....maybe I ned to start carrying in my camera. Look what a heat shot you would have missed it you had left it in the car. Nice work.

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  25. You captured some great angles. Glad you didn't listen to your daughter. It was worth it. Hope you're having a wonderful time.

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  26. Beautiful! I hope that you're having a lovely weekend away!

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  27. Hi Laura; it seems confusing, like life, sometimes.

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  28. The shadows, reflection and lighting just make this photo burst with interest! Love it.

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  29. An artistique & dramatic shot!

    Have a great & cozy Sunday.

    chie

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  30. There is something about black and white photography that brings out the ambiance of so many things...as does this photo you've shared.

    My Shadow Shot Link BOARDWALK along the wildlife refuge

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  31. Wonderful shot, and my children feel the same way when I pull out my camera!

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  32. I like the perspective in this great shot!

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  33. You are showing her the way to be present in each moment. A gift she will always treasure...

    Hoping your weekend has been restful and love-filled.

    (for some reason these stairs remind me of the moveable staircases in the harry potter movies : )

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  34. Well seen !
    When my boys see me taking pictures and they say loudly: "We do not know her !"
    Continue to do so, we like

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  35. beautiful shots Laura...thanks so much for your recent visit and comment. All the very best to you in your part of the world. blessings and peace.

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  36. First thing I thought of when I saw your image....the doctor. lol
    Hope you are having a great week-end. :)

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  37. Your photographic and written perspective are ingenious.

    Have a beautiful weekend, Laura.

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  38. I've always thought that hospitals and functional buildings like them have hidden potential for great art photography--you've proved it here Laura and, as someone else said, turned a mundane moment into a one of art.

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  39. Outstanding shot! I really like it and I think black and white was the perfect choice.

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  40. Escher-like indeed, this is an amazing capture.

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  41. I am very glad you disregarded your daughter's embarrassment, because this is a great shot!

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  42. My "kids" ~ all grown up now ~ are grateful for every photo I took when they were growing up now that they can look back on those images and enjoy the memories.

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  43. Great shot and the haiku is "perfect". Wouldn't matter what you did, it probably wouldn't be the right thing --14 year olds tend to take the opposite side of just about everything. I've "been there, done that" 3 times and lived through it. Mickie

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  44. Lines, everywhere lines. Makes me wanna jump up and run up and down some stairs. :0)

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  45. haha ..had to chuckle about the 14 year old.. its our job it embarrass them!! This is a nice study in black and white ..i always like the way stairs appear in photos..hope your weekend was special~

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  46. I love the photo. B and W...wonderful angles, edges.Good eye. One day daughter will appreciate your art.

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  47. And 17 year olds too. But we have to do what we have to do.

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