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Post 1

cactuscafe

That's an incredible pic. Is that the reflection?? Must be. Clear smooth water. Who lives in the house?? Hah. Do they live in the real house or the reflection house? Erm, what? Must reflect on the subject of reflections.

OK OK I know, the challenge.

Leave it with me, I am challenged on many levels.

Nice work


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Post 2

FWR

Wonderful image Bob, really bends the noggin!


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Post 3

bobstafford

Thanks for the comments CC, something different for a change smiley - biggrin


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Post 4

bobstafford

Hi FWR Noggin back to normal yet? It makes people think at first sight it looks normal, but it soon looks very odd. smiley - winkeye
Pleased you enjoyed it


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Post 5

minorvogonpoet

It's a gorgeous photo. smiley - applause The reflection is so perfect it raises the possibility of alternative realities.

I don't know that I could write a poem that does it justice.


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Post 6

minorvogonpoet

Reflections

The photo seems to catch perfection.
The ancient cottage, perhaps a mill,
stands beside a pool, slate roofed,
stone walled and flanked by trees.
The reflection matches every detail,
not a ripple on the shining water.

The photo suggests a strange illusion.
Walls are sandwiched between roofs,
above and below, giving the impression
the last inhabitant stepped out
one day into the reflection house,
found a different life and stayed.


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Post 7

Dmitri Gheorgheni

I like that idea! smiley - smiley


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Post 8

bobstafford

smiley - biggrin
Thank you for the poem, it is brilliant and quite an honour. smiley - bubbly


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Post 9

cactuscafe

It really is a wonderful poem, mvp! smiley - kiss

That's so amazing, this photo can lead to a poem, and all sorts of creative expression.

Each expression a shining facet, original to itself, but also part of the same diamond.

What? smiley - rofl. Sorry, getting inspired here, about the nature of creativity, how we inspire each other.


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Post 10

minorvogonpoet

Thank you! smiley - smiley


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Post 11

bobstafford

smiley - ale thank you smiley - smiley


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Post 12

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

Jane and Michael had been playing ball in their nursery for half an hour, when the ball happened to bounce off a wall and hit the Johnson Brothers "Old Mill" plate that was on the top shelf.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Johnson-Bros-Made-in-England-Friendly-Village-Round-Bowl-The-Old-Mill-/362273075490

Had Mary, their nanny, not been off (it was the second Wednesday), she would never have allowed such a rough game. The plate fell to the floor, suffering a significant crack. Oops! Jane and Michael decided to see if they could fix the crack by going inside the plate's design.

What greeted them was the earthy smell of the huge tree in the left foreground, and the reflective surface of the mill pond. The crack was in the side of the mill itself, but it was across the pond from them. The brook that filled the pond entered form the left, so they went upstream looking for a place that was narrow enough to cross.
About ten feet upstream they came across the Lily pond.' Still no chance of crossing there.
http://www.ebay.com/p/Johnson-Brothers-The-Friendly-Village-Lily-Pond-Dinner-Plate-5817681/1132911031

On a slope in back of the lily pond was a covered bridge
http://www.amazon.com/Johnson-Brothers-Friendly-Village-15-5-Inch/dp/B072SSWJQ6

Looking upstream they could see some willows along the stream
http://www.ebay.com/p/Johnson-Brothers-willow-by-The-Brook-Plate-10-1-2-Friendly-Village/1171778165

Here was a good place to cross. Making their way downstream on the mill side, they arrived at he mill just in time see Mary finish repairing the crack in the mill. Jane and Michael tried to tiptoe away without being seen, but the parrot's head on their nanny's head alerted her.

Suddenly it dawned on the children that this was where their nanny went on her afternoons off! smiley - doh

But she was cross about having to mend things that the children had damaged in her free time. fortunately the children were able to strike a bargain whereby they reminded her constantly about how attractive she looked. They even resolved to bring her breakfast in bed every Sunday!

It wasn't until later that he nanny realized that she would need to teach the children how to make breakfast so she wouldn't get burnt toast and eggs.




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Post 13

Caiman raptor elk - Infinity lies outside the box

Why not turn the picture 90 degrees counterclockwise and climb the old castle tower. Wait, if you take away the greenery that has grown there over the years, you see that it is actually the relic of a space going species long gone. Look at the remaining fixtures where the launch tower used to connect and the grids for the air conditioning. Hang on... I hear a faint voice coming from inside. This is what it says: "Dear passengers. We apologise for the continued delay. We will take off as soon as our supply of lemon-soaked napkins has been replenished. Have a nice eternity and thank you for choosing our services."


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Post 14

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

smiley - laugh

Beware the Total Perspective Vortex!


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Post 15

Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

That's really an amazing picture! smiley - bigeyes


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Post 16

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

I sort of like dilapidated structures especially in old fields that are reverting to woodland. When I was growing up, there were some remnants of an old mill on a neighbor's land. All that was left were some very large stones that flanked a narrow spot where a sizable brook flowed. It was probably there that the water fell, pushing the blades that powered the mill.


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Post 17

bobstafford

smiley - cool
Well done everybody excellent ideas especially the stories, very impressive, you all deserve smiley - applause


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Post 18

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

I believe that water-powered mills will make a come-back someday. If the building is an old house, chances are its architectural style will also make a comeback, though not on that particular spot.

I think someone has built an apartment building in the shape of an enormous pyramid. This would be in the Middle East. Pyramids were once favored because they had the maximum resistance to weathering.


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Post 19

paulh. I write captions for pictures of cats. The shame! The shame!

There's also an apartment pyramid in New York
http://www.cityrealty.com/nyc/midtown-west/via-57-west-625-west-57th-street/57292


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Post 20

Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

It was made by BIG, one of the current most popular architecture offices. I think they were quite proud of the atrium of that building.
But I wouldn't say a pyramid is necessarily a particularly good shape for houses.


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