"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." ~Rachel Carson
|Lainey Piland photo|
Truly, every time I step outdoors with the wherewithal to take notice of the natural world around me, I find something beautiful, interesting, or inspiring. These unexpected discoveries can even occur after the fact, as with the photo above. I was perusing some photographs from my recent hike at the Redmond Watershed Preserve, and was struck by the optical illusion in this photo, which went unnoticed while I was physically in the midst of this nature experience.
I was attempting to photograph the moss-covered log resting on the surface of a large pond near the entrance to the Watershed Preserve. However, it is the background of the photo - the crisp reflection of the Doug Fir and cedar trees on the perfectly still, murky water - that captures your eye. Is this a photo of a reflection in a pond, or is it a photo of the forest with a mossy downed tree jutting out in the foreground? Even being the photographer in this case, I had to do a double-take!
Have you ever noticed something unexpected or mysterious in nature? Feel free to share in the comments!