Lights in the Darkness

Flickering candle flames are mesmerizing. It’s hard to avert your eyes.

They cast a flattering light.

The sound of the strike of a wooden match. Tapers on a dinner table. The evening’s about to begin.

Lighting votives in the alcove of a church offers comfort when there’s really nothing else one can do.

Skinny candles on birthday cakesthe smell of wax and smoke after you make your wish, blow them out.

Everyone’s getting those battery operated, remote control, waxy but not real flame candles these days. No carbon marks on paint behind picture frames. No danger of setting the house afire.

I’ve got a set on the mantel right now. Need a load of double AAs. Make them glow again.

The wavering lights of true flames, hypnotize me.

Create shadows on the walls.

Light up a winter night.

H.B.T.Y.

Woke up to this in my bed

Saturday morning I woke up to this in my bed-

you know I’m always looking for signs.

Thought it a good illustration for  layered, too.

IMG_3302Rainbow created by a thick bottomed crystal mug that was sitting in my windowsill.

(It was a retirement gift from blog follower and frequent commenter Sue!)

 

 

PixCell-Deer#24, a Tiffany & Co. Christmas Window, Chestnuts Roasting and Sisters’ Selfie at Trump Tower

“By covering surface of an object with transparent glass beads, the existence of the object itself is replaced by “a husk of light”, and the new vision “the cell of an image” (PixCell) is shown.”  Kohei Nawa   (artist based in Kyoto)

taxidemied deer (1)

PixCell-Deer #24 (Taxidermied Deer with artificial crystal glass) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

An eclectic mix of photos from New York City last weekend

Tiffany Windows

chestnuts roasting

Chestnuts Roasting on Firfth Avenue

sisters

Sisters Selfie at Trump Tower- trying to warm up

Crystal Heart Refraction

When the Weekly Photo Challenge is sent out by WordPress on Friday afternoon, I mull it over, dig around in the archives and whittle down a myriad of choices.  But on occasion I’ll shoot something specifically for the challenge.

This week it’s REFRACTION by Kevin Conboy so I played around with a crystal heart my parents gave me on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary (1939-1989) and a crystal swan and pyramid  I have in my china cabinet from them also.

I could’ve used an assistant today to hold the crystal or pyramid.
And because I’ve had my rainbows up recently and the Freedom Tower in NYC with refracted light through the clouds, I’m going with the gallery of my refracted light experiment.