Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows

Today I’m participating in Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge to show photos featuring reflections and shadows. You can click on the photos below for a larger view.

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I thought I’d use this challenge as an opportunity to share a few photos I took earlier this week after we welcomed some rain in San Diego. I wanted to photograph the raindrops and although there isn’t much colorful to reflect in the garden at this time of year, I had fun finding reflections of the other plants, as well as the iron fence behind the flower wall. These pink flowers are actually snapdragons I planted a few weeks ago.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections and shadows

Raindrops have such an amazing way of capturing the light and reflecting it.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in raindrops
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in raindrops

This next image makes me think of a frog staring at me with big eyes on the top of its head!

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections - raindrops look like frog eyes
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections – raindrops look like frog eyes

I love how the straight iron fence becomes so curvy when it is reflected in the raindrops.

Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in rain drops
Cee’s fun foto challenge: Reflections in rain drops

Sunday Post: Concept

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Today I’m participating in Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post photo challenge. This week’s theme is Concept. It took me a while to figure out what type of photos I’d use for this challenge. But then, the idea simply showed itself to me. Yesterday morning, I took a look outside in my garden after I got downstairs and this is what I saw: very tight spider webs covered with the cold morning dew in about a dozen spots on my artificial turf.

Remember you can click on each image to view a larger view of these spider webs covered with tiny rain drops.

Sunday Post: Concept - raindrops in spider web on grass
Sunday Post: Concept – raindrops in spider web on grass

What’s interesting is, until that morning, we didn’t know the spider webs were there. The dew made them appear. Now you see it, now you don’t. What a concept!

Here’s what a spider web with tiny raindrops look like from up close.

Sunday Post: Concept - tiny raindrops on spider web on grass
Sunday Post: Concept – tiny raindrops on spider web on grass

Here’s another photo that shows you how well and tight the spider web was built.

Sunday Post: Concept - raindrops on spider webs, green grass background
Sunday Post: Concept – raindrops on spider webs, green grass background

I like the concept of mixing two natural elements, in this case a spider web and dew drops, to create an interesting subject. I also like the photographic concept of close-ups, so here are a few photos showing the tiny raindrops on these spider webs even better.

Sunday Post: Concept - close-up of raindrops on spider webs on green grass
Sunday Post: Concept – close-up of raindrops on spider webs on green grass
Sunday Post: Concept - close-up of raindrops on spider webs on green grass
Sunday Post: Concept – close-up of raindrops on spider webs on green grass

I hope you enjoyed these photos. Would you have guessed I can’t stand spiders? They really gross me out but they can create some masterpieces if you look closely.

By the way, if you like these photos of spiderwebs, take a look at another set of photos I took of a spiderweb with large raindrops over colorful river rocks here and here.

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