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The Picture Not Taken

Posted Jan 31 2010 5:02pm
Over at Bush Babe's, she issued a challenge to us all. She wanted pictures of reflections. Right away, I thought of the previous night. I had gotten up to let my old dog out, and the bright moon was reflecting on the snow. It was really like Clement Moore had written, 'the moon on the breast of the new fallen snow gave the luster of midday to objects below.' And as I often do, I stood for a moment rueing my lack of photographic skill. I have not managed to ever take a night picture and have it turn out to be anything, and I don't know why that is, but really, that is breathtaking, to see the sparkle and dazzle of snow catching the reflection of the moon.

But today, among other things, I had a gift to drop off at Mary's house. It was her birthday last week. When we are together, we talk and talk and talk. I'd found a hilarious card of two old women talking to each other (remember the old days when you had to read cards...now they have sound!) and not able to hear each other. It was a good reminder: we're not as bad off as we're gonna be, so we'd best keep on talking a blue streak before we start getting deaf. I also had a CD for her. So after church, we came home, changed clothes, and headed first to check and make sure that the bitterly cold weather had not caused any pipes to burst in the houses downtown. Then we headed to Mary's and Danny's house.
I was delighted to see, when I got out of the car that the snow shimmered like a myriad of diamonds as the sun shone across it. I remembered Bush Babe's challenge and leapt from the car with my camera.
You can see just a bit of the shimmer, but in real life, that shine was everywhere. The snow sparkled so much it made your eyes hurt to look very long. The sun was reflected everywhere. It was magnificent. Unfortunately, you'll just have to take my word for it, because as I've noted before, I really suck at pictures.

So this is my contribution to BB's challenge to post pictures of the reflections in our world. It was a great picture. Sadly, you'll have to take my words on it.
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