Friday, August 19, 2011

Reflection Time

Friday, August 19, 2011
We've had a nice stretch of beautiful sunsets recently. The good ones call us out onto the back deck, which faces west, to ogle and sigh. The truly wonderful sunsets send us sprinting up the tower stairs two-at-a-time, wanting not to miss a single second of color as the sun's fading light plays across the clouds.

While up in the tower for a tower-worthy sunset a short time ago, we found a new way to enjoy the spectacle. The top rails on our tower are made of cedar and the years of weathering have made them cup slightly. This cupped shape retains water (and further ages the wood, peels off the paint, etc).

Phoebe noticed that the water that pools on the rails catches the sky color quite nicely, and she called it to our attention. So we spent a happy hour trying to capture this interesting reflection with our cameras. Here are the results:

It used to drive me nuts to see that water pooled on the rails. In fact there's a squeegee stowed in the tower cabinet to push the water off. Now I find the reflections to be a perfect excuse not to do this small maintenance chore.

I guess what I'm taking away from this reflection time is that the only thing that beats a good sunset is....more sunset!


On August 19, 2011 at 4:18 PM Wren nests in... said...

Those are amazing!

Phoebe has have a wonderful eye... Can't imagine where she gets that from. ;o)

On August 19, 2011 at 4:19 PM Beyond My Garden said...

sometimes we get too set in what we expect and need our youth to show us something new.

On August 19, 2011 at 6:38 PM Amish Stories said...

A very nice blog and thought id say hello. Richard from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa.

On August 20, 2011 at 8:16 PM Bill Ringer said...

Hi Bill you have just proved Julie's belief that the best things in life are free-if we just take time to notice Your reflections are beautiful

On August 21, 2011 at 4:33 PM Rondeau Ric said...

Deferred maintenance never looked so good.
Nice spot Phoebe.

On August 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM Chatterbirds said...

That's quite the amazing looking sunset you have there.

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