Shattered Glass Reflections

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I like reflections.  They are interesting to shoot – and they can be rather challenging.  If you are shooting into water to see the reflection, it helps if there is no breeze!  And, the lighting has to be about perfect, too, or it will seem either too dark or too light.

Fortunately, if you are shooting reflections in windows, they aren’t quite as touchy!  And when the glass you are using to capture the reflection is shattered, it makes for interesting intersections of cracks in the glass and the reflected images, as is the case in today’s photo.

In a way, the cracks in the glass almost appear as star bursts from fireworks….and the branches of the tree could be imagined that way, too, with just a bit of work.

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY:  in 1513,

Near present-day St. Augustine, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown.

Although other European navigators may have sighted the Florida peninsula before, Ponce de Leon is credited with the first recorded landing and the first detailed exploration of the Florida coast. The Spanish explorer was searching for the “Fountain of Youth,” a fabled water source that was said to bring eternal youth. Ponce de Leon named the peninsula he believed to be an island “La Florida” because his discovery came during the time of the Easter feast, or Pascua Florida.

In 1521, he returned to Florida in an effort to establish a Spanish colony on the island. However, hostile Native Americans attacked his expedition soon after landing, and the party retreated to Cuba, where Ponce de Leon died from a mortal wound suffered during the battle. Successful Spanish colonization of the peninsula finally began at St. Augustine in 1565, and in 1819 the territory passed into U.S. control under the terms of the Florida Purchase Treaty between Spain and the United States.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY:  Some Mexican free-tailed bats can fly up to 250 miles in a single night. They can fly up to 10,000 feet high and reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour .

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