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March 7, 2014 / diannegray

Interesting reflections

One of my dogs (Casey – see how much she’s grown!) has interesting eyes. She looks like she’s wearing Egyptian eye make-up with black lines that run from the corners of her eyes outward.

Yesterday on our walk to the creek I decided to use my phone to take a picture of her eyes. The picture doesn’t really show how nice her eyes are but I did see something interesting when I magnified it.


If you look closely you can see my silhouette in her eyes.

My reflection

Woah – I wonder what she’s thinking as I’m standing there reflected in her eyes?

Later in the evening I grabbed my camera and took a picture of the moon. On closer examination I realised I’d captured some of the landscape in the shadows. I think it’s pretty cool!

quarter moon

Have you ever taken a picture and been surprised by something unexpected?


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  1. Theo Fenraven / Mar 7 2014 9:26 am

    Took a macro photo of a plant leave once and spotted a tiny web strung from it, and the creator was there, as well. I could never have seen this with the naked eye.


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 9:31 am

      That’s amazing, Theo – it must have been tiny! I’m going to be taking a closer look at my photos from now on 😉


  2. JackieP / Mar 7 2014 9:36 am

    I don’t take enough pictures to have that. All though I once took a picture in an old house and there was a shadow where there shouldn’t have been! Unfortunately I don’t have the photo anymore, but it always made me wonder.

    Your dog is beautiful 🙂 and the moon looks so neat that way!


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 11:59 am

      Oh – I how great it would be to see that photo of the ‘strange shadow’, Jackie! I kinda hope I don’t get one like that in my house, but if I do I’ll write a post about it 😯


      • JackieP / Mar 7 2014 12:35 pm

        oh for sure you would have to Dianne! 🙂


      • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:40 pm

        I’ll sneak around see what I can come up with tonight xxx


  3. Amy Reese / Mar 7 2014 9:47 am

    What a sweet dog you have, Dianne. Your photos are beautiful.


  4. nrhatch / Mar 7 2014 9:52 am

    It’s a good thing you had clothes on . . . or this post would not get a PG rating. :mrgreen:


  5. Carrie Rubin / Mar 7 2014 9:58 am

    Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to read dog’s minds? She looks like she’s got something worthwhile to say. Perhaps it’s, “If you’re going to take that picture of me, you better put it on your blog.” 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:02 pm

      Haaaa! That’s exactly what she was saying, Carrie 😀


  6. Polysyllabic Profundities / Mar 7 2014 10:18 am

    Wow….when I first saw your reflection it made me think of your gravatar….very similar!! Beautiful puppy dog. 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:04 pm

      It actually is very similar! Maybe I look good in silhouette shots so they just keep popping up (LOL). Casey thinks she’s the best looking and most lovable dog in the world (and she is pretty cute) 😉


  7. Jill Weatherholt / Mar 7 2014 10:24 am

    Beautiful dog, Dianne! I’m going to have to take a closer look at some of my photos. Speaking of…whose toes are in the photo? 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:06 pm

      LOL – those dirty feet belong to hubby. It was a bit muddy down there yesterday 😀


  8. avwalters / Mar 7 2014 10:47 am

    One wonders about how we ‘reflect’ in the eyes of our pets. Other than your reflection, I see a loyal companion–but one that questions just what you’re up to with that camera-thing.


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:15 pm

      Haaaa! She was a bit perplexed. We joke about how pretty she thinks she is. But she has never actually seen a reflection of herself (and probably wouldn’t know what it was if she did) so that’s just us placing our human perception of vanity on her.

      She’s very loyal indeed and is always bringing me things so she’s a ‘collector’. I’m wondering if she’s got some retriever in her line somewhere.


  9. Ruth Rainwater / Mar 7 2014 11:11 am

    Beautiful eyes on the pup! And I love that you can see your reflection! 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:17 pm

      It certainly was a surprise – I’ve never seen that before 😉


  10. ygm17 / Mar 7 2014 11:19 am

    Wonderful photos and your dog look likes a sweetheart 🙂 bet you she has a heart as pure as her eyes.


  11. El Guapo / Mar 7 2014 11:35 am

    Beautiful pictures!
    I’m often surprised by something the lens caught that I never even noticed.


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:18 pm

      This is the first time I’ve started looking for it – maybe there’s a self-help group because I can see it’ll be something I become obsessed with 😀


      • El Guapo / Mar 7 2014 12:21 pm

        And god bless you for it!
        But the amount of time he must have spent in the air to learn the control and finesse to do that must be mindboggling.


      • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:40 pm

        He’s certainly dedicated to artistic danger! 😀


      • El Guapo / Mar 7 2014 12:44 pm

        And then I realized I jumped the rails and lost track of what conversation we were having on which post.
        Oops! 😉


      • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 2:37 pm

        LOL! Me too 😀


      • El Guapo / Mar 7 2014 12:46 pm

        What I meant to say was But now you also have so many more options and details to include when composing your shots.
        Not the worst obsession…


      • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 2:37 pm



  12. Jacqui Murray / Mar 7 2014 11:56 am

    Love dogs. Mine’s named Casey, too. I stare into his eyes and know I shouldn’t–they don’t like that, but I can’t help it. He’s probably used to me.


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 12:21 pm

      I just bet Casey loves you to bits, Jacqui! 😀


  13. ramblingsfromamum / Mar 7 2014 3:26 pm

    Love love love Casey – love her – love all dogs – love her eyes, that expression.. that’s it and oh erm no with the photos – unless you catch a selfie where I appeared to have no wrinkles? xx


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 3:40 pm

      LOL! How do I make the wrinkles disappear in my selfies? If only I could…. 😉

      Casey is a very cute one indeed – she’s a ‘collector’ and always has something for me when I go downstairs (as long as it’s not my prescription sunglasses I don’t mind) 8)


      • ramblingsfromamum / Mar 7 2014 3:42 pm

        cheeky little miss – but how cute is that!
        Look up or take when lying down hold camera above face – try not have any expression 🙂


      • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 3:44 pm

        Thanks so much for the tips! 😉


      • ramblingsfromamum / Mar 7 2014 3:54 pm

        lol you’re welcome lovely x


  14. Invisible Mikey / Mar 7 2014 3:35 pm

    What a superb entry! I love photography, dogs, and the movie “Blow Up”, and you referenced all three. (If you haven’t seen it, in Blow Up, the photographer uncovers a murder weapon by repeatedly enlarging a single frame of an outdoor snapshot closer and closer until you see the gun barrel sticking out of a bush.)

    I recently read that dogs have at least a hundred times our visual acuity – the ability to resolve linear detail. The only advantage we have is our interpretive pre-frontal brain cortex. I so love staring into Finnegan’s eyes, even though it makes him nervous.


    • diannegray / Mar 7 2014 3:43 pm

      I haven’t seen ‘Blow Up’ but will keep an eye out for it, Mikey. I read in the news the other day that someone had developed a system where reflections in eyes can now be highly developed and hopefully will be good enough soon to be used in legal cases – very intriguing indeed!

      I’m so glad you came by today 😀


  15. Invisible Mikey / Mar 7 2014 3:50 pm

    Blow Up is from 1966. Here’s an even earlier reflection from a 1951 movie I helped restore. Sorry about the sinister subject, but it’s still cool as a brilliant piece of photography.


  16. Bonnie / Mar 7 2014 5:41 pm

    I love this!! Your image of the moon is just awesome! I have done something like that more than once and love those surprises. Most recently, was taking portrait shots of some of my students, and was focused on their face, of course (duh, it’s a portrait!) and made sure that the background was framed correctly, no trees sticking out of their head, etc. Only later when downloading to submit them to our design office, did I realize that the background had the bokeh effect and got two completely new kind of artsy images out of the student portraits once I re-cropped. Great suprises! Keep snapping shutterbug!


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 6:38 am

      It’s so lovely to get surprises like this, Bonnie! I just love that bokeh effect 😀

      I can’t wait to see your new blog (high anticipation here!). Thank you so much for coming by today – it’s always a pleasure to have you here 😉


  17. katywaltersreviews / Mar 7 2014 7:26 pm

    This was beautiful. Dramatic to see the silhouette.


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 6:41 am

      I was surprised as I’m not a great photographer and don’t spend much time on it, Katy. It’s great when we see things like this that give us a smile 😀


  18. Harliqueen / Mar 7 2014 8:58 pm

    Wow, what great photos 🙂 And a beautiful dog!


  19. char / Mar 8 2014 1:24 am

    So cool! I love your dog’s eyes. They are like Egyptian painted ones.


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 6:51 am

      They are just like that, Char! She’s such a beautiful looking dog 😀


  20. bulldog / Mar 8 2014 2:31 am

    Brilliant… I have taken many photos and when home and working them on the laptop discovered all sorts of other things… I was in a bird hide taking photos of a heron, when I got home, I discovered a crocodile, a huge one behind the bird that no one saw…


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 6:53 am

      Yikes! Those crocs can be very deceptive at times. I used to work in a crocodile farm and have seen them hide an inch below the water and you would never know they were there. When they’re lying in the mud or dirt, they can also be quite invisible. They’re absolutely amazing creatures! 😀


  21. jannatwrites / Mar 8 2014 2:35 am

    I like the surprises you saw. The silhouette is so interesting (could be a fun gravatar!) I’ve taken photos where I do notice things later… it helps to view them on the computer. Often it’s something else that made it into the frame while my attention was focused on the intended subject.

    One of my cats (the black tabby) has cream coloring around her eyes that looks like eyeliner. The orange tabby (my older son’s cat) has a vertical line that goes down the center of her nose – one side is lighter than the other. Their colorings can be fascinating if we take time to really look at them 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 6:56 am

      I’m going to have to go through my other pics now to see what else I’ve missed, Janna! 😉

      The colourings of animals can be amazing when we really take the time to look at them. Casey’s sister is black and white and she has red lips – we joke that she puts her lipstick on every morning 😀


  22. mcwoman / Mar 8 2014 3:06 am

    Only an artist sees such details. Great examples, Dianne. Love your puppy!


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 7:00 am

      Thanks, Barb! It a great compliment being called an artist – thank you! 😀


  23. Claire Duffy / Mar 8 2014 5:36 am

    Ooh that’s kind of creepy… though I’m not sure why.


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 7:04 am

      LOL! It looks like it could make the cover of a scary book, Claire! 😀


  24. dearanonymousfriend / Mar 8 2014 5:46 am

    beautiful photos, thank you for sharing them.


    • diannegray / Mar 8 2014 7:05 am

      Thank you for coming by today DAF – wonderful to see you here! 😉


  25. bluebee / Mar 8 2014 12:34 pm

    I think Casey’s thinking. “Didn’t I hit the jackpot when I got this human!”

    Exquisite shots. Your moon shot is amazing – no pollution out there, that’s for sure.


    • diannegray / Mar 9 2014 7:01 am

      Pollution is something I rarely think about, but you’re right – no pollution between my place and the moon (and I should be very grateful for that every day!) 😀

      Awww – I love your thoughts about Casey and I would love to think that’s what she’s thinking 😉


  26. Janna G. Noelle / Mar 8 2014 2:32 pm

    Your Casey has such an intelligent gaze. If only there was some way to truly communicate with animals.

    Your silhouette in her eyes is quite artistic. Same with the moon shot. I would love to visit the moon. If the chance to do so ever arose, I’d be on it in a heartbeat (even though I know my mother would never approve!)


    • diannegray / Mar 9 2014 7:03 am

      LOL! I don’t think my mother would approve of me visiting the moon either! (but I’d love to go there) 😉


  27. Hazy Shades of Me / Mar 8 2014 4:41 pm

    Aww, what a sweetie. I love interesting ‘double meaning’ photographs. Sadly, I myself am not a great photographer.

    Good job, Dianne!


    • diannegray / Mar 9 2014 7:16 am

      I’m not a great photographer either, Hazy. I’m still learning and sometimes it takes me ten goes just to get one good shot (oh, the marvels of digital cameras where we can just delete the ones we don’t want!) 😉


  28. billyraychitwood1 / Mar 9 2014 8:46 am

    Julie is the picture taker – I usually cut the corners off with my fingers – shows up white! I’ve got great excuses these days — just blame on aging! Did see your reflection in the eyes of Casey! I love him – send him over to me. 🙂 xo ALSO, Julie joins me in loving “Soul’s Child.” (I did a review on amazon!)


    • diannegray / Mar 9 2014 5:30 pm

      Oh, Thank you so much Billy Ray – I’m heading over there now to take a look. I’m so glad you loved Soul’s Child (you’ve made my day) 😀


  29. Kourtney Heintz / Mar 9 2014 9:53 am

    Your dog does have really cool eyes. 🙂 Yes, I was taking pictures of a small waterfall in a park and on closer examination it looks like faces in the water. Kinda freaky but cool. 🙂


  30. donnajeanmcdunn / Mar 9 2014 12:53 pm

    Very Cool!


  31. roughwighting / Mar 10 2014 1:09 am

    I think Casey’s soul reflects out of his eyes, and your soul reflects into his. That’s what I think! But we are both ‘dog people,’ and we see things that sometimes others don’t.
    Just like a camera.


    • diannegray / Mar 10 2014 5:27 am

      What a beautiful thought about our souls – I’d never thought of it like that 😀


  32. restlessjo / Mar 10 2014 1:39 am

    I love blogs where you’ve totally forgotten what you wanted to say by the time you’re at the bottom of the page, Dianne. 🙂 🙂
    Something about a moon? 🙂


  33. 1girl4adamwest / Mar 10 2014 10:37 am

    So cool! Casey sure has grown!!!!


  34. Letizia / Mar 10 2014 9:34 pm

    Casey is so cute! And she’s grown so much. I love the white between her eyes too.


  35. jmmcdowell / Mar 11 2014 6:38 am

    Great photos! I find myself taking more now that I have a Galaxy S4 with a really good camera on it. Some of those are finding there way onto my blog, too. I know I don’t have to worry about copyright and such with those. 🙂 Casey isn’t looking too much like a puppy these days! 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 11 2014 7:09 am

      I heard some guy made $15,000 in one day by selling his pictures on Instagram! Good grief – maybe we’re in the wrong business, JM! 😉

      Casey has really grown! I was even shocked when I had a look at her puppy pictures 😀


  36. tchistorygal / Mar 11 2014 11:23 am

    You got some great pictures! What fun! Vince took a cute one of him and our kiddos reflected in a car window.


    • diannegray / Mar 11 2014 11:59 am

      I just love reflection pictures, Marsha! Very clever of Vince to do that 😀


      • tchistorygal / Mar 12 2014 8:26 am

        yes. I wish I could put it in my comment box. I’m not great at that on someone else’s post. 🙂


  37. ocdreader / Mar 12 2014 2:14 pm

    I love finding random things in pictures, though mine are usually photo crashers or crazy things my subjects are doing. lol
    Love the moon picture! So awesome and your pup is SO BIG! Great pictures. 🙂


    • diannegray / Mar 12 2014 4:09 pm

      I’m glad you like the pics (the pups have really GROWN) LOL 😀


      • ocdreader / Mar 13 2014 12:41 am

        They do that – way too fast!!


  38. harulawordsthatserve / Mar 12 2014 5:18 pm

    That’s soooo cool! Seeing a picture of yourself reflected in the eye of another, in this case a beautiful dog. There’s the seeds of a whole philosophical discussion in there somewhere:-) And the moon photo is stunning. Makes me want to take more photos, or at least go back and have a look over those I took when I was more of a photographer. Hugs and blessings, Harula xxxxxxxx


    • diannegray / Mar 13 2014 6:05 am

      Thank you so much, Harula 😀 I was looking for a picture just like this one with the dog for a book cover about 2 years ago – I should have just taken one! LOL 😉

      I’m slowly getting used to the camera and taking more photos, its something new to me and I’m really enjoying it 😀


  39. Kozo Hattori / Mar 13 2014 9:12 pm

    Casey seems like an old soul. She is probably thinking, “Don’t you know that you are staring into the eyes of yourself when you look at me?”
    Lovely shot of the moon. There is so much beauty that we simply don’t notice until something like a camera slows it down for us. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • diannegray / Mar 14 2014 7:59 am

      I love that – I’ve been trying to gauge what she was thinking and you may very well be right! 😀

      I’m taking a much better look at my photos these days – you never know what I might find 😉


  40. Margie / Mar 14 2014 6:28 am

    Isn’t it fun to find treasures like this!
    I took a photo of a raindrop and my patio furniture lived inside it!


    • diannegray / Mar 14 2014 8:05 am

      WOW! that sounds absolutely fantastic, Margie! 😀


  41. Britt Skrabanek / Mar 18 2014 3:52 am

    I’m obsessed with reflection pix! I think they’re the coolest.

    Mr. H. took a really neat one of me while we were in Montreal. I’m smiling the smile I reserve just for him and he is reflected in my sunglasses taking the picture and smiling the smile reserved for me. It’s a very perfect depiction of us.


    • diannegray / Mar 18 2014 6:49 am

      Awww – that’s so beautiful and romantic, Britt! 😀


  42. pommepal / Jun 22 2015 8:44 pm

    Casey has such a questioning look in his eyes I’m wondering what you have just said to him…


    • diannegray / Jun 23 2015 8:16 am

      It’s all to do with waiting for food. lol 😀


      • pommepal / Jun 23 2015 8:56 am

        I thought maybe that or you had just said “walkies???”

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      • diannegray / Jun 23 2015 1:31 pm

        If I said “walkies???” Casey would be jumping everywhere!


      • pommepal / Jun 23 2015 1:39 pm

        Dogs are very intelligent…



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