This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge might have you seeing double. Although most things aren’t truly symmetrical, many are so close that you can’t tell the difference or you feel that you’re seeing symmetry.

When I think of symmetry, the William Blake poem springs immediately to mind:

Tyger Tyger, burning bright, 
In the forests of the night; 
What immortal hand or eye, 
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Fortunately for you, there’s nothing fearful about the symmetry I’m sharing today. The snowy egret in this first shot is almost dancing on the water and with the water’s smooth cooperation, it’s almost perfectly symmetrical.

“Symmetry is what we see at a glance; based on the fact that there is no reason for any difference…”
― Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Here’s another almost symmetrical shot from the Riverwalk in Naperville, Illinois.

Although this photo is less symmetrically perfect than the previous ones, there’s still a pleasing almost-symmetry about it and it feels balanced.

Sometimes the line between the two parts of a symmetrical reflection can be difficult to see at first glance.

Finally, the combination of an almost black and white photo, reflection, and some editing fun can bend your mind slightly. But that’s what weekends are for, right? 🙂

  1. billgncs says:

    symmetry… the building blocks of beauty

  2. Tina Schell says:

    Loved all of these Janet but of course the B&W bird contortions are simply fabulous!! I’d never have thought of that (but may be forced to copy the idea at some future time 😊) Also loved your radial example – oh yes it IS symmetrical!

  3. peggyjoan42 says:

    Beautiful photos. Love everyone. Very good job with symmetry.

  4. lifelessons says:

    A wonderful response to the prompt.

  5. If these were submitted in a photography class, I’d give you A++. Beautiful shots.

    • Good Sunday morning, Judy, and thanks. I’m glad you liked them. I love a good reflection and a good one makes for good symmetry. It was hard to decide what to use, but I didn’t have time to scroll back through too many files/years.

  6. pattimoed says:

    Wow, Janet. I love your experiments in black and white with the bird reflections. Fabulous! Your egret image at the top is a stunner, too. I’m glad you shared them with us!

  7. JohnRH says:

    WOW. Great photos. Love that snowy egret, and the play with rotations. Well done.

  8. Amy says:

    Amazing images, Janet. These bird images are beautifully captured. Creative, indeed.

  9. Sue says:

    The egret is marvellous!

  10. klara b says:

    last three are just hilarious. love them!

  11. Janet your photos are just incredible!

  12. Su Leslie says:

    Great choices Janet. I particularly like the first shot

  13. Resa says:

    Neat post, Janet!
    The first shot is a real winner.

  14. Prior... says:

    Excellent take
    On the theme – and the last three seemed like a nice math puzzle – had me looking and looking

  15. Lovely images. I like that last experiment of yours

  16. Love then all but the b&w birds superb.

  17. Leya says:

    Perfect – and fun! So ölove the last ones – excellent!

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