Sometimes All You Need Is A Good Puddle

Penelope Puddle Reflections by Maria Pavlik
It's been a while since I jumped in a puddle or kicked up some leaves. Nowadays there's always the possibility of taking a spill and landing, not as light as a leaf, but with a heavy thud.

Nevertheless, I look forward the colours, cooling breezes, sprinkles of rain and all the puddle reflections that autumn brings. It's far too hot right now so in anticipation of my favourite season I found photos reminiscent of fall and a painting of Penelope hanging onto her windblown umbrella.

Peering into the murky waters of a puddle is like diving into the mysteries of the universe and finding optical illusions at play. What we see in these basins of nature is limited by our senses but fantastical creations abound. With the stroke of a finger or the stomp of a boot, the upside down face of a puddle alters strangely as if in a funhouse mirror.

Puddles are shape-shifters that come and go, dry up or overflow. They snuggle neatly into whatever contains them. On a gigantic scale, oceans and lakes are puddles where boaters float and puppies sometimes splash and bathe. The depth of each pool is more knowable than the origins of its life-giving essence. Water currently covers 70% of the globe and is why we exist. But how it first got here millions of years ago is debated by scientists who pour over this grandest of mysteries without ever having to get wet.

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Still the kid I used to be

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  1. Hello,

    Autumn is a festive season, the changing of the leaves are so colorful, the cooler temperatures are a nice feeling. I would be scared to jump into a puddle, not knowing the depth. I have to take care of these old bones. I love your puddle reflections photos and the cute dog. Great post. Take care, enjoy your day!

  2. Love your puddle photos! :) And yes, they are magical!
    Right now we've had our first snowfall of the season already! A little early... So everything looks like a winter wonderland... Very magical... :)

  3. summer will over soon, then leaves change their colors.
    Your images are beautiful....most love is the last image.

    Have a wonderful day

  4. Oh, how I would love to have some puddles around here! We are dry as a bone ... pretty reflection photos!

  5. Autumn is coming and the puddles are there, they are such beautiful photos and pretty reflection photos!
    Have a good time, Elke

  6. What a marvellous painting and a painting with a moving puddle too, I wonder how you did that. Quite apart from the puddle the painting is so skilfully made, I can see and feel the wind, the pull on the umbrella and the wild leaves.
    I was fascinated by every one of the photographs and I loved reading your words too.
    It's a great blogpost.

    1. So glad you stopped by! Although I don’t know much more about it, there’s an online program called LunaPic that enables you to add reflective water to an artistic creation or photo. :)

  7. WOW!!! your puddle reflections is gorgeous

    Happy PPF

    much love...

  8. Nice water pictures.

    Best regards

  9. Beautiful card.
    The moving puddle is wonderful.

  10. Love this post. Kicking the can, jumping rope and stomping in puddles, the best. Have a wonderful day.

  11. beautiful reflections on puddles. happy PPF!

  12. Delightful puddle photos ~ favorite are the little girl and the doggie photo ~

    Live each moment with love,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  13. Beautiful pictures and gorgeous penelope painting. I loved your writing about water and had to laugh at the clever last line:
    "scientists who pour over this grandest of mysteries without ever having to get wet."

  14. oh yes, puddles are such a fun! you have gorgeous selection.

  15. Ooh, I like the way you think about puddles. Puddles are fun!!

  16. I’ve taken many pictures of puddles which fascinate me as much as they did when I was a child (although now I generally forego splashing through them. ). Thank you for articulating the mystery and joy of them so beautifully .

  17. I don't like autumn at all ! it's a sign that winter is not far and then all trees do their striptease !

  18. Wonderful series of puddles and reflections. Looks like we were suffering the heat wave of early September in each little corner of the world.


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