Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25: Reflections

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25: Reflections. Please follow the link to read Patti’s post.

In her post, Patti said she is fascinated with reflections. Me, too!

The photo I really want to post here is the one that has a transformer substation reflected in a dirty rain puddle. I spent a lot of time looking for it, but didn’t find it. Even searching location didn’t help! (Yes, I need to do something with my phone photos!) Anyway, this transformer substation, to be honest, is not something I would consider photographing. That particular rain puddle, in the middle of a walkway, wasn’t interesting at all. But the reflection of the transformer substation reflected in that dirty rain puddle was amazing. I remember standing there confusing with the picture I saw on the phone. Is it possible that there is always another side of “story” that I had missed in many occasions?

That brings me to a different kind of reflection. Winston Churchill said, “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.” That kind of reflection, I mean.

My daughter woke me up early in the morning on the Christmas day. “Time to open gifts,” she said excitedly. (By the way, it is so nice to see your adult child acting like a little kid!)

Every trip we took, I had bought something for her. “This is from the black forest.”, “This came from Halifax.”…, etc. After she was done opening her gifts, I added, “We think of you all the time, even when we were traveling. ”

Then, it was our turn to open our gifts.

“This is from my Finland trip.”, “I got this when I was in Tennessee,” she said.

I didn’t know… I had assumed… Again, how much of the truth that we really know?

I had a wonderful Christmas. I hope you did, too.

Thanks to Patti for this great challenge.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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16 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #25: Reflections

  1. Mabel Kwong says:

    This is a great set of reflection photos, Helen. I like how the reflections are subtle, somehow there and not there at the same time. Christmas sounded like a good one for you, and it’s always nice getting and opening presents and also watching others opening theirs. Take care and have a good year ahead 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Mabel. About Christmas present… it really moves you when you receive a thoughtful one, no matter how cheap it is. On the other hand, there are those you just don’t know what to do with them (even though you still appreciate the thought). You leave it in a corner, hoping it would walk away by itself… Ha ha.
      Have a great day.

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      • Mabel Kwong says:

        Hahaha…I like that for the gifts you are on the fence about – leave it in a corner, hoping it would walk away by itself lol 😀 Here’s to receiving more thoughtful gifts that will speak to you…and giving such gifts as well is all part of the fun 😀

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  2. carol1945 says:

    Reflections: I find myself at Christmas reflecting about people that used to be in my life and now aren’t. I save their old cards, you see. Well, many I would like to get in touch with because I have great memories. I have sent them cards in the past for this reason with little letters, but they don’t respond. People, in general, have stopped sending cards. It is sad to me. I know people don’t write letters anymore. I have one friend from college and we still write letters. It is wonderful because in a letter you can express things you would never write in an email. And the slowness of hand writing causes a person to reflect.

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    • Helen C says:

      Carol, I felt a little embarrassed when I read your comment. I still have a few cards that I need to write. 😉 One thing good for being a Chinese is that if I have missed sending Christmas cards, New Year cards, I can send a Chinese New Year card, which I had done often! 😉

      >> And the slowness of hand writing causes a person to reflect.
      I like handwriting, but not for this reason. I enjoy writing down words and enjoy seeing them in my handwriting, that’s all. Even writing an email, or working on these challenges, I do it slowly and do it after giving a lot of thoughts. Hmm… your comment really makes me think…

      Have you had a friend whose handwriting is very difficult to read?

      Have a great day.

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      • Helen C says:

        Carol, I am still thinking of this subject… 😉
        My biggest problem of writing letters/cards or even “very important” emails is that I need a quiet time (peaceful and calm mind?) before start writing. In most of the cases, I have thought about what to write for a long while already and as soon as I start writing, I could finish it in a reasonable amount of time. But that quiet time is hard to get… ;-(


  3. Tina Schell says:

    Helen, I was so touched by your daughter saving gifts from her travels just as you’d done for her. That’s a reflection I would keep in my heart forever!! All the best to you in 2019

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Tina. To be honest, I was surprised. My daughter doesn’t call home often — sometime I wonder what that means. But she had surprised me with thoughtful gifts every Christmas ;-). Then, all my doubts went away.
      Have a great day.


  4. Amy says:

    I’m in awe with these two photos. Well written the story of reflection, Helen! Thank you for sharing.
    All the best in 2019.

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  5. Jim says:

    I like them all.


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