A Tidbit: Alaskan Reflections


This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge of Reflecting put me in mind of a charming Alaskan cruise the folks and I took in 2010!  As we were making our way back to Vancouver after a week of stunning views of wilderness, waterways and wildlife, a clear day afforded these blurred reflections of the coastlines we were gliding past:


It was also on this cruise that I took one of my favorite pictures of Dad.  I was hanging out beside him in our cabin when I caught his reflection in one of those magnifying vanity mirrors on the opposite wall:

As a little kid, I remember being puzzled by these kinds of mirrors in hotels.  I mean, beyond going for a high-powered view up my nose for the heck of it, I couldn’t divine any practical use for them.  But as age has begun robbing me of my ability to focus on close-up things, suddenly I totally get them!  And I use them when I need make-up applying precision to try and keep a smokey eye from looking like an eye somebody punched me in…

Isn’t that a strange thing?

As I look back at some life experiences that were confusing and blurry to me at the time, it’s only upon current reflection – just at a time when I can’t order a meal without reading glasses – that I find myself thinking:

“Ahhh.  Now, I see!”






  1. Such amazing patterns in the water. I love the picture of your father.

    1. It was very cool! And thanks – the picture of my dad was just a lucky thing but a very special one.

  2. The photo of your Dad is marvellous. I especially like the “bokeh” – the out of focus surrounding the focus. My bet would be you took that with a real camera and not a phone.

    1. Thank you! And you’re right – that photo was taken with a proper camera. Wish I’d had a huge lens for that cruise but we live and learn.

  3. Things out of focus often look more mysterious than reality. It allows the mind to wonder and fill in details to one’s heart content. I really like the photo of your dad.

    1. Agreed! It can be an interesting effect. And thank you – I was so lucky to catch that photo of Dad!

  4. Hi Amy. My wife and I are trying to set up an Alaskan Cruise this fall for our 25th anniversary. What cruise line did you choose?

    1. Congratulations to you both! Have to admit we weren’t big into fine dining and whatnot but we went with Holland America and we’re quite happy – and we did always enjoyed an exterior room with a view and a little deck! Best wishes to you!

  5. I love that portrait of your Dad.

    1. Thank you – I really do too!

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  7. Beautiful photo of your Dad Amy 🙂

    1. Aw, thanks! Not being a great photographer, I think I really got lucky there.

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  10. I so enjoyed your words and photos on reflection, Amy. You bring up poignant aspects of the wonders of life, and the importance of reflection. Lovely post.

    1. Thank you so much for reading and for your very kind words!

  11. It looks like your dad is in a cup of coffee. Kind of like “clouds in my coffee” like Carly Simon sang, except it’s Dad.

    1. Oh my! Have to admit I’ve never thought of that – but you’re absolutely right! 😃

  12. Beautiful photographs on the theme of reflection. The one with your father in it is the pick of the lot. Thank you for the follow btw. Shall look forward to browse yours. Cheers.

    1. Thanks very much! Yes, I’m awfully fond of that picture of Dad. And looking forward to following more of your adventures!

      1. Thank you Amy 🙂 Likewise.

  13. great shots!

    1. Thanks so much!

  14. Beautiful​ photos, Amy! The scenery reflected in the water makes me think of the “marbling” painting technique… And the one of your dad is a truly lovely portrait!

    1. Thank you so much (and so pleased I happened to catch the one of Dad)! I see just what you mean about the marbling – it was a fascinating effect!

  15. Beautiful captures!

    1. Thank you! I was so lucky to catch them!

  16. All of these photos are just amazing! And your words, too

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. What a beautiful pic of your dad. I love it.

    1. Thank you! I really love it too!

  18. Beautiful and creative photos Amy. Especially the one of your dad.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog earlier, and for the ‘Like’. Much appreciated 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I do feel so lucky that I caught my dad that way. And it’s a pleasure to tour your blog and hit all those exotic and beautiful places!

  19. Your photos are beautiful!

    1. Thank you very much!!!

  20. Good morning,

    Your pictures are very beautiful.
    Really amazing.


    1. Thanks very much!

      1. Good morning,

        It is my pleasure to know you.
        Have a blessed day

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