reflection with widely spaced ripples

Dreamin’ ’bout Claude Monet

From our condo on the Ala Wai Boat Harbor in Honolulu, we sat on the tiny balcony and took in the 180 degree view of the ocean and the boat harbor.

Seeing the boats in the water brought to mind Claude Monet, who painted boats and poles and their reflections in the water. Notice how the reflections are broken up and distorted by the irregular surface of the water.

The Grand Canal
The Grand Canal by Claude Monet, from Wikipedia Commons

I’m no artist, but I took some pictures, inspired by Claude Monet.

Here’s my favorite — the regular, widely spaced ripples divide the foreground clouds into bands and provide a rhythm for the masts. The bands of white remind me of impressionism and Monet’s paintings of sailboats at Argenteuil.

reflection with widely spaced ripples
reflection with widely spaced ripples

In the next photo, I like the reflection of clouds, the white and gray on the water. Taken just after sunrise, parts of the clouds are illuminated by the sun, and they’re whiter and brighter than the rest. The blue is the reflection of the blue sky. There’s little wind, so the surface of the water has random, lazy peaks and troughs.

reflections of clouds
reflections of clouds

I’m afraid my photos only resemble Claude Monet in my dreams, but you keep trying and keep learning!


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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