This week’s Lens-Artists Challenge by John at Journeys with Johnbo coincides with the last weekend for “white” as the theme for Life In Colour (yes, I know Jude doesn’t know how to spell “color” but you’ll have to excuse her–she’s British.) So here are three examples not only of white but also of white reflections on water, all the more for your time. I wish you all a wonderful weekend. I’ll be watching stage 8 of this year’s wild and crazy Tour de France (but not until the replay, as it starts at about 4 am here.)

“Water is the driving force in nature.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

We’ll start with tiptoeing on water while creating a reflection…

“Praised be my Lord, for our sister water.St. Francis of Assisi

…floating on the water while reflecting, and finally…

And just because:

It seems rummy that water should be so much wetter when you go into it with your clothes on than when you’re just bathing, but take it from me that it is.”
― P.G. Wodehouse, The Inimitable Jeeves

…synchronized swimming (and diving and eating) while reflecting on water.

And never forget this classic poem and a second version:

A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican

By Dixon Lanier Merritt

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!

Another version:

A funny old bird is a pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belican.
Food for a week
He can hold in his beak,
But I don’t know how the helican.


  1. Sue says:

    Oh, excellent!

  2. Stunning photos, Janet, and I enjoyed the smile that came with the poems.

    • Then I’m happy, Judy. 🙂 I hope your weekend is a good one and not to hot. We’re praying for a bit of rain in the next week but have yet to see any. But I hand-washed my van this morning, so that increases the chances, I think. 🙂

  3. Dan Antion says:

    That lead photograph is a terrific action shot.

  4. The first photo is stunning. And I loved seeing the pelican limerick. My grandfather used to say the first two lines. When I read the rest of the poem in a book, it was a wonderful discovery. Such a fun poem 🙂

    • Thanks very much, Dave. I still have the several volumes of Childcraft (part of the World Book Encyclopedia set) books that have children’s poetry and stories and enjoy many of those. I don’t think this poem is in there but it’s along the same lines–memorable and fun. I’ve also known this one for quite some time.


  5. Heyjude says:

    A happy post! Enjoy your weekend Janet.

  6. Toonsarah says:

    Super photos, especially the first one! But you do know, don’t you, that English originated in England (hence the name!) and that therefore our spelling of ‘colour’, and of many other words that you spell wrongly, is the correct one 😁😎

    • 🙂 There are certainly many differences between British English and American English, aren’t there? It does make it fun, though. I happy you enjoyed the photos as well. Enjoy your weekend.


  7. Beautiful images and a nice melding of two photo challenges. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Leya says:

    And these are lovely, beautiful and – fun! Wishing you a great weekend, Janet!

  9. Amy says:

    Wow… great shots! I love the reflections especially.

    • Thanks, Amy. I thought it would be fun to have both the white and the white reflections because I also love reflections. Thanks for dropping by and also taking time to comment. Enjoy the weekend.

  10. All three images are lovely! I especially like the feather floating in the water today.

    The poem is great! I’d never heard or read it before. 😀

  11. Tiptoeing on water, a PG Wodehouse quote and the poem on Pelican … it was a winner all the way. What a fun post, Janet!

    • Thanks! I’m so happy you enjoyed all of it. Wodehouse is just so funny and I had to include the quote. Appreciate you taking time to comment as well as visiting.

  12. Prior... says:

    Hi Janet – I really enjoyed what you did with the images – the challenge combo and then the quotes and poem
    – now did you know that in an episode of Columbo he recites the pelican poem? Pretty fun to read both versions here

  13. Absolutely adore the first photo and the last poem! Both have made our day. That top picture deserves to be framed, so I hope you have done so. Love it.

  14. solaner says:

    Great idea, Janet. The starting heron is 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

  15. Hammad Rais says:

    Amazing reflection on the first. And I’m not sure which poem I enjoyed the most 🙂

  16. sandyjwhite says:

    Gorgeous birds and reflections!

  17. JohnRH says:

    WOW. great photos. I love the tiptoeing.

  18. Tina Schell says:

    Loved this one Janet – envious of your beautiful white pelicans. Ours are grayish blue. And your egret image is stunning!

  19. I really love the top photo and reflection Janet! And love the poems 😊

  20. Fantastic shots, Janet, and thanks for the giggles! 🌞

  21. Teresa says:

    Beautiful reflection on the first photo!

  22. anne leueen says:

    Beautiful photos of the birds and I especially like the humor of the pelicans.

  23. Resa says:

    Cute limerick!
    Gorgeous birds and shots! Thanks Janet!

  24. Anne Sandler says:

    I love pelicans and you captured them so well!