Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Round Robin Challenge: Reflections

"One of the greatest moments in anybodies developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide himself, but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is."

-Norman Vincent Peale

About a year ago, I decided to go and take some photos at Cliff House in San Francisco. Cliff House has a rich history, dating back to San Francisco at the turn of the century. It sits on a gorgeous spot,the Great Highway, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean. There is all kinds of plant life growing along the cliffs beneath it and the bird life is simply fascinating to watch. With the added attraction of Camera Obscura, one could spend the whole day there and not become bored. On this particular day, I was taking specific interest in the many types of birds flying around... this little guy especially.

I must have spent an hour that day photographing the birds flying, resting on the cliffs, and walking in the sand, but this was the only bird that day that seemed to take notice of his own reflection. He would take a step... and his shadow would follow. Back and forth he walked, but he couldn't seem to shake his reflection. LOL. What a show it was. LOL. I enjoy watching animals, especially when I can be there as they seem to be discovering new things. Now this may not have been a new experience for him, but it was for me. To just sit, take my time with the camera. Somehow, I did a little reflecting that day as well, about why I was being so manic with the camera. It was a good day. Reflection is good. :)

Thank you goes to Cheryl, author of the journals, "Welcome To My World," and "Life Through My Lens." This was an awesome challenge to be sure. The Round Robin Photo Challenges are open to anyone who would like to play along. It's easy, all you have to do is make a stop over at the official Round Robin blog, read the ***Welcome Entry & Rules Of Play**** and the entry for our current challenge, and you are all set. There is still time to get in on this challenge, you have up to one week to post your entry, but we do suggest that if you post on the day of the challenge, you will have the best chance of having your entry be seen. To see the entries by the other Round Robin participants, simply click on the links below. Enjoy!

"Seeing yourself as you want to be, is the key to personal growth."


"Little Bird Reflecting"
Cliff House
San Francisco, California
Late Spring, 2005

Round Robin Participants

1. Cheryl... "Welcome to My World," "Life Through My Lens." POSTED!

2. Karen... "Outpost Mavarin" POSTED!

3. Carly... "Ellipsis... Suddenly Carly" POSTED!

4. Valorie... "Retrospect USA" POSTED!

5. Sachin... "SacWorks" ***Welcome New Robin***

6. Deslily... "Here There and Everywhere 2nd Edition"
"Here There and Everywhere" BOTH POSTED!

7. Kimberleigh... "I Shaved My Legs For This?" POSTED!

8. Erika... "Stealing Time"

9. Nancy... "Nancy Luvs Pix" POSTED!

10. Julie... "Julie's Web Journal" POSTED!

11. T. J. ... "Every Picture Tells A Story" POSTED!

12. Suzanne... "Suzanne R's Life" POSTED!

13. Derek... "Through My Eyes" POSTED!

14. Tammy... "The Daily Warrior" POSTED!

15. Connie... "Moments To Remember"

16. Steven... "(sometimes) photoblog" POSTED!

17. Deb... "Sassy's EYE"

18. Dorn... "Through the Eyes of the Beholder" POSTED!

19. Steve... "PAPARRAZI BY PROXY" ***Welcome New Robin*** POSTED!

20. Betty... "My Day My Interests" POSTED!

21. Duane... "sotto voce USA" and "sotto voce" BOTH POSTED!

22. Tess... "First Digital Photos" POSTED!

23. rRose... "WAIT-NOTYET" POSTED!

24. Becky... "Where Life Takes You" POSTED!


Karen Funk Blocher said...

Aw, cute little guy. I always wonder what animals are thinking. (That includes the darn mouse I just saw!)


DesLily said...

hi Carly.. my round robin is up!

well now.. a sand reflection is not the norm now is it?! hehe.. as always your pic is a good choice!

TJ said...

Awre Perfect!
Good eye...

Kimberleigh said...

He was probably thinking "What a handsome bird!" lol

My entry is up and running!

DEREK said...

I love it, this is one of my favorite reflection pictures, I miss my walks on the beach.

I posted at Through My Eyes instead of Picture of the Day this time.

Tammy said...

This little guy is too cute! I love your "eye" with nature. A beautiful undisturbed moment :)

I was enjoying your other posts while waiting for my dial-up to catch up. LOL Ahh! Country life...Grrr.

Dorn said...

Animals and young children are my favorite subjects as they are so into the moment, so reactive and sponteneous. You captured the atmosphere of discovery perfectly.

Suzanne R said...

That sounds like a lovely experience. I think seagulls are neat, and this little guy seemed to show an extra amount of birdly intelligence. I may have been on that beach before -- my sister lives near there. It's a beautiful spot! You have portrayed it wonderfully.

tess:// said...

What a wonderful tale and image!

Valorie said...

This is a way cool guy, excellent selection!

Steven said...

Now that is not a reflection I'd imagine at all. Wild looking. Very cool.

fdtate said...

It took me a minute to see the reflection. A great job on the challenge and a very handsome bird!

Patrick said...

LOVE that shot.

It's been a long time since I was on a beach, but one of the things I've always enjoyed was watching little Sandpipers step to the edge of the water, run back as the waves come in, then follow them as they receed. It's silly to watch, but yet just so entertaining!

Erika said...

Subtle and beautiful...I love it! :)

julie said...

I like that. It's very subtle.

Phinney said...

i really like your 'reflections' photo. sorry i haven't had time lately to come by or play with photos. too busy. summer is almost here! xox phin

_rRose said...

Carly - Wonderful bird/sand image!!!

Thank you very much for "blogger" tips!


BoiseLadie said...

Awww... great shot! I miss the California beaches... one of these days, I'll get down there for a visit to my old stomping grounds!