Rain Roof, Calgary AB

It likely happens more often than it should: I take a photo of one thing and get something else.  Something I didn’t see.

The latest but likely not the last example is the light-standard reflections in the raindrops on a car’s rain/sun/moon roof in Sunny Alberta.

Surprise reflections in raindrops

11 Comments

  1. Tom Watson

    Isabel
    That’s really neat.

    You sure you weren’t into the wine here too?

    Reminds me of Wilson Bryan Key’s book “Subliminal Seduction.”

    And it reminds me of the farmer who went to a church committee to say that he felt called to be a Minister. They asked why. “Because God sent me a sign,” he replied.
    “What sign?”
    “Well, I was out there in the field plowing and there appeared three letters in the sky: GPC.”
    “Yes, and…?”
    “It’s very clear,” said the farmer. “Go Preach Christ.”
    One person on the committee asked, “You sure it didn’t mean Go Plant Corn?”

    Tom

    1. Yep. And palm tress can be more than one thing — tall and silly.
      I grew up with them so I can say that.
      Did you know that those top leaves have to be individually trimmed in cities — they are rat nests otherwise.

  2. Since you partially explain what we are seeing, you have removed part of the puzzle of point-of-view. At first, I thought of intrepid Isabel walking along the street until she spotted this entrancing image. Then, I thought, Isabel would have to be as tall as a professional basketball player with arms like Mr. Gadget to capture the shot. But, no; on closer study I see the view is claustrophobic, taken from inside the vehicle looking skyward. The inversion of the lamppost is like the inversion of all images on the retina, which are reversed by the brain — an explanation that leaves me wondering perpetually what is meant by “up” and “down” visually, if not gravitationally. Or, perhaps gyroscopically, too. Another captivating image, Isabel!

    1. Isabel Gibson

      Laurna – Many thanks! Optics (the little I studied) baffled me totally, so I am content to see what happens without truly understanding it.

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