Zen in the Ille de Versailles Japanese Garden; Nantes France

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Zen on the Ille de Versailles Garden; Nantes France; copyright jmeyersforeman

The garden covers 1.7 hecatares and sits on the Ille de Versailles, a small island in the River Erdre. A beautiful garden with waterfalls, rock features, a raked garden, as well as quiet ponds of lily pads and lotus flowers, pathways through the patches of bamboo, azaleas, camellias day lilies and cherry trees.

It was a beautiful place for an evening walk. I love the way the clouds are reflected in the pond, almost as if you are walking on air. This and a black and white version are available for viewing and purchase from my photogallery

Reflections of Bordeaux France in the Water Mirror/Miror d’eau

Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you will know that I love reflections and I think that Water Mirror here in Bordeaux is about the best one I have seen so far. One of the reasons it is the best is that it was created expressly for the purpose of reflecting the architecture that surrounds it. Also called the “Miroir des Quais – the Quay Mirror” it covers a massive 3450 m2.

An ingenious computerized water system underneath alternates supplying 2 – 3 cm of water which when drained give the mirror effect alternates with a two meter high fog effect.

mist on the Miror d'eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

mist on the Miror d’eau/(water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman 

During the summer the mirror becomes a popular place where both kids and adults play around

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

kids and reflections in the water mirror; Bordeaux France; copyright jmeyersforeman

 

Reflections, Clouds and The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; Leon Spain

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, and clouds; copyright jmeyersforeman 

If you have followed the blog for a while you might already know that I love to watch the clouds. The constant shape changers affect the light we see, and the weather we are having or going to have. Another favourite subject for my photography and this blog has been reflections, two stories for the price of one, combining what is going on in front of me, as well as behind me.

When we walked up to The Museum of Contemporary Art in Leon, I was amazed at the reflections in the colourful glass panels, so clear was the detail it was as if someone knew I was coming and had washed the windows for me!

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman

The Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León; copyright jmeyersforeman  

just down the street was another building, this one an office building, deep blue in colour…..

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman

clouds and reflections jmeyersforeman 

I feel I must tell you that I get some really strange looks from people as they walk by and try to figure out just what I am taking a picture of, some look at me as I have lost my mind, and several time I seen people who have been watching me, go and stand where I have stood (after I have moved on) to see if they can see what I have seen!

It was a great day in Leon Spain!

 

Plaza de Maria Pita, A Coruna Spain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain

Plaza de Maria Pita after the rain 

We arrived in A Coruna Spain yesterday afternoon, just before the rain! By the time we checked into our hotel and headed out for a walk the rain had stopped. During our walk we visited the Plaza de Maria Pita the cities many plaza and gathering centre. It, like a lot of major plaza’s is surrounded by buildings filled with shops and restaurants. Today those shops and restaurants were not too busy, it was the middle of the day, and tourist season has not yet hit its peak. What was great, at least for me, was seeing the buildings reflected in the puddles! I just had to wait a few minutes to get a couple of people to walk through the puddle.

 

The Gardens and Fountains of the Alambra; Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain

white lotus flower in the ponds of Alambra, Granada Spain 

Reflecting the beautiful architecture, fountains and ponds are a feature of the palace with the soft sounds of running water said to aid in meditation, water is central to Moorish architecture, and essential to life.

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain

gardens of the Alambra, Granada Spain 

 

Rainy day tourist

Rainy day tourist

Rainy day tourist 

Have no worries, it didn’t actually rain on us. It had rained early in the morning, just before we were up and about, but many of the squares and sidewalks reflected the images of those standing around enjoying the early morning sites.

Reflections of the Past: Barrel Maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

Reflections of the Past: Barrel maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

Reflections of the Past: Barrel maker at the Tarragona Maritime Museum

We were strolling around the Tarragona Harbour when we found the Maritime Museum.  In it a few interesting displays and displays about the role the port played in this history of the city. Among the displays we watch a brief video about how the old wooden barrels were made. We can see a reflection of the video and the barrel maker in the window of the display. Through the window we can see all the tools he would have used, as the video plays and shows us how those tools were used.

I read “Chasing Reflections” by Eli Reinholdtsen published by Craft and Vision quite some ago, it was full of inspiring photography and lessons on using reflections to tell a story. I really should re-read it, but for now I keep my out for interesting reflections that combine two images in one photo.

 

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain

Alcántara Bridge, Toledo Spain 

The Alcantara Bridge, also known as Puente Trajan at Alcantara is a Roman Stone Bridge build over the Tagas River bears the inscription Pontem perpetui mansurum in saecula “I have build a bridge which will last forever, on the archway over the central pier. I don’t know if it will last forever, or of the many renovations that might have been done, but I do know that it has a beautiful reflection with the right light and a calm river.

Toledo is beautiful, I would recommend a trip to see the sights, visit the cafe’s , and meet the locals, I can guarantee you will enjoy your time there, we did! We are off to Tarragona, along the mediterranean, for a little rest, and maybe even a little beach time.

 

 

 

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wondering the streets of downtown Calgary, I am always watching the shop windows and the reflections that appear with the display. Sometimes the reflections add to the story, sometimes it doesn’t. This time the two inthe window, look as if they could be standing near a tree in the park, the creature in the left of the image watching them closely.

Reflections; Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Reflections, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC

Reflections, Stanley Park, Vancouver BC 

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman 

The perfect reflection in a pond lets us know just how still the air was the day I took this picture.  It was early one morning in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. I am not the type of person that sits quietly for too long but this morning was peaceful enough I might have been there for a while had not the ducks arrived and disturbed the water, so a few pictures, and off we went to walk the rest of the park and the seawall.  Vancouver’s Stanley Park is a beautiful place to spend the day.

This photo is pretty much as it was taken from the camera, a little sharpening, was all that was required.  I hope your Monday is a peaceful one!

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