Lens-Artists Challenge # 87: Reflections – Part 2

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The Lens Artists Challenge is hosted this week by Miriam.

Guest host Miriam invites us to reflect: “I am fascinated by the reflection photographs in the lakes, the rivers, the building windows, the sunglasses, the mirrors, and the puddles.

Consider, if you will, an additional side reflection. Synonymic, perhaps. Meditation, rumination, deliberation, cogitation, contemplation, observation, opinion, consideration. Why so many -ion’s? A pursuit of study for another time perhaps.

Contemplation, and brooding thought, is what I have in mind. In a serious vein. Just don’t take me seriously, no one else does.

Reflected paving stones recede in the distance, overlaid with a fraternity brother’s name (Patrick Scully) inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He believed in what we were fighting for, was off to join the war, and was dead less than a year later. ‘…as of May 2018 there were 58,320 names…’ on the wall. “The horror… the horror…” Col. Kurtz, movie Apocalypse Now, loosely based on the book Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.

Next, an empty chair sits in the ‘observation corner’ of a house, no longer occupied by a great friend and a great thinker, who departed suddenly and prematurely in life. One never knows…

To me the following sculpture reflects the pathos of loss. It is The Lion Monument or the Lion of Lucerne, in Lucerne Switzerland.

The furrowed brow and look of pain exhibits a sadness:

Ah well, don’t get too down about all this. Just consider, if you will… for a moment or two.


Do you follow the well-marked path or the road less-traveled?


Kudos to the tireless leaders of the weekly Lens-Artists challenge.

Weekly Challenge info from Tina:
“Each Saturday at noon EST we will publish a photo challenge similar in form to the now-defunct WPC. If you choose to participate, please make sure to tag your post with the name of our group LENS-ARTISTS so that all of the responses can be found together in the WP Reader. Please also include a link to the challenge moderator’s post. One of our 4 moderators will host the challenge each week.”
Week 1 – Patti of https://pilotfishblog.com/
Week 2 – Ann-Christine aka Leya of https://lagottocattleya.wordpress.com/
Week 3 – Amy of https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/
Week 4 – Tina of https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/
Check them out.  Also search for Lens-Artists to find posts.

19 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge # 87: Reflections – Part 2

  1. A moment of contemplation can be very good for us John, as long as we don’t let it overwhelm us. Your post is a lovely tribute to those gone too soon. You’re right….live every day, one never knows.

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  2. Reflection makes us stronger, doesn’t it. Opens up more pathways in our consciousness, grows us some wisdom (hopefully). Not at all the same as brooding I feel. Thank you for this thoughtful post, John.

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  3. Thank you, John, for a thoughtful post. Love your approach…and the Lion of Lucerne is a great favorite. I remember standing there for some long minutes, contemplating the beauty of the sculpture. And the sorrow emitted. You also mention one of my absolute favorite novels – or one of the books that have impressed me most – Heart of Darkness. Thank you.

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