Know that the world of created beings
is like pure and clear water, reflecting
the attributes of God.
Their knowledge, justice and kindness
reflects God’s like a heavenly star is
reflected in running water.
Earthly kings reflect God’s kingship.
Scholars mirror the wisdom of God.
People and nations may change as
one generation replaces another;
but the divine attributes are eternal.
The water flowing in the stream
changes many times, but the
reflection of the moon and stars
in the water remains the same.
-- Rumi (Masnavi 6: 3172-8)
A great egret admires his reflection at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge on the coast of Delaware.
As we were driving north to New England for our autumn vacation, one morning we decided to slow down and take a more coastal route. The small road brought us through farmlands, forgotten towns, and beautiful natural areas hosting thousands of birds. At one bend in the road, there were ponds on either side serving as brooding areas for various birds. (You can see another view of this pond at Assembly.)
Single Exposure handheld from Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at f/9, 300mm, 1/640s. Processed in Photoshop CS5, Nik Color Efex Pro assisting.