R is for Reflections


 Jenny Matlock



I’m joining Alphabe-Thursday ~ this week’s letter assignment is the letter R.


 defines reflection as: the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected. 

an image; representation; counterpart.


 in Physics, Optics, a: the return of light, heat, sound, etc., after striking a surface.

b: something so reflected, as heat or esp. light.


Here are some photos of reflections, taken in the early morning or late afternoon, when the water is calm. 









Wikipedia explains the laws of reflection



If the reflecting surface is very smooth, the reflection of light that occurs is called specular or regular reflection.


 The laws of reflection are as follows:


  1. The incident ray, the reflected ray and the normal to the reflection surface at the point of the incidence lie in the same plane.

  2. The angle which the incident ray makes with the normal is equal to the angle which the reflected ray makes to the same normal.

  3. Light paths are reversible.


 Understand now?  :-)






 Specular reflection is the mirror-like reflection of light (or sometimes other kinds of wave) from a surface, in which light from a single incoming direction (a ray) is reflected into a single outgoing direction. Such behavior is described by the law of reflection, which states that the direction of incoming light (the incident ray), and the direction of outgoing light reflected (the reflected ray) make the same angle with respect to the surface normal, thus the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection; mathematically this is θi = θr.


Any Questions ? :-)





 Reflection is also defined as: a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.  I’ve often reflected on why boaters rarely observe “No Wake” signs & buoys . . .





And if this Desperado has come to his senses. . .





And if we will ever rid ourselves of muskrats. . .read here.














 Reflecting on my tablescape this week, I chose to go with water-inspired colors~ more Caribbean in color than Lake in color :-)





I added some flat glass marbles to the table and plates for additional reflection~




























Reflections of the porch railing in this wine glass. . .










 And a marble reflection in this spoon~












  •  The turquoise footed-bowls are Style-Happy from Home Goods
  •  The textured glass salad plate is by Murero, recycled glass, Italy~ Home Goods. Blue & White dinner plate ~ Kohl’s/Food Network. Aqua charger~Home Goods, manufacturer unknown.
  •  Napkins are Badgley Mischka~ Home Goods.  Napkin Rings & Blue & White glasses~Kohl’s.
  • Small aqua fish dishes and assorted vases & bottles~Home Goods. Blue wine goblets~ Dollar Tree  :-)



More reflections by candlelight. . .




Reflecting on these turquoise dishes~something cold and creamy like sherbert or ice cream seemed to be in order, but I decided to resist and serve fruit :-)






Mixed Berries with Limoncello,  recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis




 They did get a shot of cold Limoncello. . . if you are inclined to make your own, Giada has a recipe for that too.






 Thanks to all my hostesses to this week’s parties I’m linking to:


 Jenny Matlock’s Aphabe-Thursday for Alphabet Fun 

 Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

  Michael Lee at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday~ Stop by & see what’s being served!


  48 comments for “Reflections

  1. May 19, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Oh, this is so-o-o-o-o-o beautiful!!! My favorite this week! Love the turquoises and other blues and they go together wonderfully! That tablecloth is gorgeous. So is your lake home!

  2. May 19, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Absolutely breathtaking!! The colors are so gorgeous and really take you to a different place. I love everything about this tablescape! I am having a party on my blog today…Centerpice Wednesdays please come and link up and then link back to me if you would.

  3. JDaniel4's Mom
    May 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I love all the reflections! They play tricks on my eyes.

  4. May 19, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    That just blew me away…first it was so creative in thought, and then on to the table in all the beautiful shades of blue…..I really love the tablecloth…I have never seen a blue crocheted one…..just lovely!

  5. May 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I love your “Reflections”post…the water shots are awesome and the tablescape lovely…peace and blessings

  6. May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Awesome reflections! I love your Caribbean blue table with all the blue elements and glassware on it….Christine

  7. May 19, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    Oh how pretty this all is — I love your water photography and your blues hues on your table and then dessert too! Wonderful post!

  8. May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Oh, I want some of that turquoise lace on the table…Gorgeous. A

  9. May 19, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    i love that you share all your artistry…

  10. May 19, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Beautiful photographs of reflections. I did not know very much about muskrats and had no idea they were so destructive. Your table setting is wonderful!

  11. May 19, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    I don’t understand the science behind reflections, I just like them. great images. thanks for sharing.

  12. May 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm

    Your table is beautiful. I love that color blue. The reflections are amazing also. I just have one question could you explain more about: thus the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection; mathematically this is θi = θr.

    just didn’t get that! LOL!

  13. May 20, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Being from Florida, these colors really appeal to me. They have the perfect island look, and I can’t get over how pretty that salad is in the turquoise footed compote. Just gorgeous. I love that you listed where you found things. Thanks!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday…


    Sheila :-)

  14. Jo
    May 20, 2010 at 1:25 am

    wow … what a delightful feast for the eyes this has been. I love the water reflection pictures … i just love water reflection … and your tablescape … to die!!! gorgeous … such soothing wonderful water/summer colours … i just loved it all!

  15. Sweet Baby James
    May 20, 2010 at 1:53 am

    deep greens and blues are the colors I choose, won’t you let me go down in my dreams…

  16. May 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Beautiful table in my favorite colors! I LOVE your tablecloth. Did you dye it or buy it that way? Also, are you on Lake Norman? I’m from Denver originally! My dad lives on the lake in Mooresville!

    • May 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm

      Hi, just looking back, I realized I didn’t include the tablecloth with my tablescape notes. It came turquoise from Home Goods, and believe it or not, it’s plastic! We are off of exit 36, so probably close to your dad, although by the water is is hard to say! My in-laws are on the lake in Denver, small world~ Thanks for visiting :-)

  17. May 20, 2010 at 7:50 am

    My absolute favorite post so far… I love your porch and that exquisite table setting….Love, love ,love it all! Now for the reflections..I thought it might explain what I am told are reflections along my lake. The Canadian shore is 30 miles across from mine, yet, on clear nights especially in May, I see the shapes and lights of the cities from here. It is the most spectacular site imaginable…Sorry, but my feeble mind did not understand the scientific explanation. All I know is that I am mesmerized with all reflections. Thanks for sharing.

  18. May 20, 2010 at 7:52 am

    AMAZING. I love your reflections and your table and I want a blue bowl full of strawberries. NOW!

  19. May 20, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Great post!! I just found your blog through the alphabet party! I can’t wait to explore your blog more! I knew you must be a neighbor when I saw Charlotte, NC on that boat ~ I am in Charlotte as well….love some Lake Norman time!!

    ~angela @ peonypatch

  20. May 20, 2010 at 9:33 am

    S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G.! This is one of my all-time favorite tables. I love all the aquas, especially the crocheted tablecloth, beautiful. Your photography…the water pictures are awesome! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  21. May 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

    This was just an amazing idea – reflections. Loved all the pictures and a very creative R post. You did a wonderful job. All the reflections on the water are gorgeous. All the blue on your tablescape with reflections were awesome as well. Thanks for putting forth all the effort it must have taken for this R post. I loved it ;-)

  22. May 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

    What gorgeous shades of blue — and they look wonderful together. The beautiful crocheted tablecloth really caught my eye — so unusual to see one that color!

  23. May 20, 2010 at 11:12 am

    pretty pictures! thanks for sharing! i really enjoyed them.

  24. May 20, 2010 at 11:48 am

    beautiful …absolutely amazing photos…great reflections…

    mine is here
    wanna try my meme, Weekend Funnies ?
    Happy Thursday!

  25. May 20, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    gorgeous reflections – i’d love to live on the water :D

  26. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    So colorful, soothing and fun at the same time!

  27. May 20, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Gorgeous photos. Reflection pictures are always among my favorites. And I love all the blue glassware!

  28. May 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    WOW, SO AMAZING. Words can’t say enough about this beautiful post.

  29. Riet
    May 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Wow, beautiful Reflection pictures. Love those awesome colours. Great R post

  30. May 20, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    gorgeous photos..and all that blue makes me want to literally go jump in a lake!

  31. May 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    This is a lovely post….the area is beautiful and your tablescape is perfectly reflecting the gorgeous waterscape…

  32. May 20, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Your “R”eflections post is spectacular! Your photography is awesome and your subjects are perfect. Thank you for sharing and allowing me to view so many wonderful photos.

  33. Kathy
    May 20, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    These photos are gorgeous! I have a soft spot for reflection photos, my favorite is that little red shingled shed. Have you considered linking to Weekend Reflections hosted by James at Newtown Area Photo? It’s a fun one!

  34. May 20, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Your reflections photos are just spectacular! They made me want to grab one of those Adirondacks and just kick back…..

  35. May 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    By far my favorite is the reflection of the deck and step railings on the water. Bravo.

  36. Carolyn
    May 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    The REALITY of your REFLECTIONS are that they are RESPLENDENT and RADIANT and the photographer will be RENOWN!

    I have been itching to get my toes in the hot sand at the beach. You have brought me closer to that by this colorful, cooling and well composed Tablescape. I imagine that I am relaxing on a beautiful porch on the warm island of Aruba and my hostess for the week just happens to be a very artistic and creative lady. Evidenced by this stunning lunch setting. How about a Rum Punch in that stemmed goblet. You know the one, the one with that grand reflection sparkling in the glass. All of it is complemented by the Cerulean Blue waters of the Carribean which I can hear lapping at the beach as we enjoy lunch.

  37. May 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I love reflections too, especially early morning on a lake. The blue in your tablescape is gorgeous. I always enjoy stopping by here. Thank you.

  38. May 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Beautiful pictures, I so love reflections in the water and you connected this through so nicely to your table reflections at the end

  39. May 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful table! Love all the different shades of blue.

  40. May 21, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Gorgeous table! And all those photos of reflections are amazing! Thanks for sharing this fantastic post!

  41. May 21, 2010 at 9:02 am

    What a lovely post – very tranquil.


  42. May 21, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I have to say the first picture is my favourite thank you for sharing and visiting me

  43. H
    May 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    A feast of photographs. Superb!

  44. May 21, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    Some beautiful pictures thanks for sharing all of them with us. Your table setting is lovely.

  45. May 22, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    the blue table is just gorgeous……

  46. May 24, 2010 at 1:05 am

    You. Are. Amazing.

    Your photos…your tablescape…your creative use of the letter “R”.

    Thank you for helping make Alphabe-Thursday such an outstanding meme!

    You. Are. So. Appreciated!


  47. May 25, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Lovely photos! Many of them would make fun puzzles.

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