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Instagram a Day: Day 6


A very wet, rainy December day. It is magic what water can do to objects. How it can transform them from something mundane to something much more interesting. Water droplets in particular can make the world look so different, if you look through them. ūüėČ I really love this photo. I think it is one of my best from this project so far.


All four of these shots where taken with my crappy cell phone. The first one was at my parent’s house. The other three were in different bathrooms, haha. The only one I like is 247. I really like the water on the mirror and how it distorts my reflection. Other than that these photos SUCK!


“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ~ Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin


“Hair brings one’s self-image into focus; it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.” ~Shana Alexander


” I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~Mahatma Gandhi


“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller

I had taken this photo as part of a photo a day project with the prompt being “Water.” A simple shot with my iPhone, using an app I really like called TtV Camera of the bathroom faucet with the water running. I posted it on Facebook and didn’t think too much of it. One of my friends freaked out and wanted to see if I knew the person in the reflection. I was like, “What? What?” I was in the bathroom alone, in the¬†AM before any of my family was even awake. Sure enough there is what looks like a person in the top of the faucet on the top tier of the part where the water comes out. It looks like a short woman with poufy, dark, shoulder length hair with a dark dress¬†on. I have watched every episode of Ghost Hunters, so I went straight to trying to debunk it. I went back and took more photos with the same app in as close to the same position that I could get in. There was nothing that even remotely looked like that figure. The faucet was dirty, but I didn’t clean it between photos. Plus the dirty parts show up as white, not dark. the figure blocks the door frame, that was one of the things that made it strange. If it was part of the door it would only show up on the door, not in front of and beside it.



The first photo with the figure.



An enlarged close-up with the figure circled.


A shot with no figure. There is a highlight on the door that clearly does not show up in the photo with the figure, because she is standing in front of it!



This is what is reflected in the faucet. If there was a woman standing there she would have been very short, about 5 feet tall. She also would have been standing partly IN the hamper. My husband and I worked together to see if we could recreate it and it was not possible. I had to move the hamper and I was way too tall to reflect totally in the faucet.


I am not saying this is a ghost. I never felt, heard or experienced anything paranormal other than this photo in that apartment. We did have the City Point Cemetery right behind our apartment. It could have been a ghost passing through. It could have been a time slip. it could have been a view into a parallel universe for all I know. All I do know is that it is something unexplainable.

These shots were taken at another of my all time favorite places in the world, Maymont. It is a huge estate park in Richmond, Virginia. It has a petting zoo, wild animals and birds, beautiful gardens, trails, a waterfall, a mansion, the list goes on. I have been going there since I was a kid and I have SO many good memories. I wanted to get married there, but it was beyond my price range. This day was my first time back after living in Texas for 3 years. I can honestly say that every spring I would long for Maymont. It was one of the things I missed most about Virginia. Just talking about it makes me want to go there now! ūüôā The first shot is in their Nature Center, which is a large exhibit all about local Virginia wildlife. I was taking photos of the turtles in one of the aquariums and realized my reflection was in the glass. Why not use it for this project? Love the abstractness of this photo. I’m a sucker for reflection anyway, and turtles are frickin’ awesome. The second shot was sitting by the eagle exhibit while I was waiting for family to use the bathroom. The shot is ok, nothing great. On the other hand, it was a great day at Maymont, as usual!


“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe


“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland

This shot was taken with my son’s point and shoot Nikon. It was a very hot central Texas summer day. Our time there was winding down. I took the kids out early to a small playground and park on Fort Hood behind one of the on-post churches. It was a lovely garden with a pond and waterfall, until I noticed the rats running around. Nice way to kill the moment. I tried to enjoy the scenery regardless, but I have to admit I was a bit creped out. This was a straight shot in front of the pond with the water lilies and rocks. It is an ok shot, nothing fantastic.


“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.” ~Hanna Rion

One hundred and sixty-six

We had some rain! I took my camera outside to take some photos of the world as it was covered in a layer of water. I thought it would be neat to take a photo¬†of my reflection in¬†a puddle. It was much harder than¬†I thought it would be. The sun had to be in just the right direction and angle to even get a¬†reflection. This is not how I envisioned the photograph, but that fact that¬†I got anything at all isn’t too bad. I do enjoy the rocks, grass, etc… that are in¬†focus underneath the water.

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”¬† ~Roger Miller

Another neat photo I took this day.

One hundred and sixty-two

I had been wanting to do a shower shot for a while. I finally set up the tripod and flash one evening.¬† I was really going for the action of the water. This didn’t quite come out how I wanted it. I envisioned something different, but the fact that I finally did it was enough for me. Perhaps I could try another time, or even a bath tub shot instead.

“Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.” ~George Bernard Shaw

One hundred and forty-eight

 My son and I went to the BLORA Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt on Belton Lake in Belton, Texas. We had walked around and did some of the activities and as we were waiting for the sun to go down, so the egg hunt could start, we walked over to the lake. My son loves nothing more than throwing rocks in the water and it was a lovely evening other than the bugs. Here I am standing with the lake to my back, the sunset to my front and if you look closely you can see my son in the background looking for rocks. I like this photo, the sunset gave a lovely light on my face. I love being near the water, it is soothing and somehow always make me at peace.

¬†¬†“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” ~Loren Eiseley


I’ve always been interested in reflections, not¬†just from a photography stand point, but in general. They catch and¬†hold my attention. This night¬†I was in the kitchen¬†cooking, as usual. I had just dumped a pot of boiled potatoes in the strainer in the sink. All that steam caused some major condensation on the window. I grabbed my camera and snapped some shots. I really enjoy this photo. I love abstractions anyway¬†and this one is great. All the lines, shapes and spots from the watery window plus the pattern of the¬†screen¬†create an interesting atmosphere for my face to be amongst. I chose the quote because I had had a rather bad nightmare the night before and it was still on my mind.

¬†“A dream has power to poison sleep.”¬† ~Percy Bysshe Shelley


What do you know? Another last-minute¬†shot. The days go by so fast and before I know it it is¬†night and I’m exhausted and haven’t taken any photos. This particular one I was going for some sort of strange position with my hand and arm. A little mystery and some flow to the image. The best part about making this photo was the editing. I don’t even remember all the things I tried, but I keep going until I had the right combination. I think it ended up being 2 or 3 layers of the same image. One with a green gradient, one with a blue, a¬†few lens flares, some grain and texture. Once again my underwater theme seemed to kick in. It was a challenge to create this and I enjoyed it.

“Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.¬† Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.”¬† ~Hans Margolius