Thursday, July 3, 2008

Sky Watch





The sky in this week's pictures is reflected in gazing globes. All four have been found in the gardens surrounding the Hereford Inlet Lighthouse in North Wildwood, New Jersey. I came across each of the
se globes during different years, and in each one you can find reflected the lighthouse itself as well as the garden surrounding it, and the sky above.


















Each summer the gardens at Hereford are different from the previous year. I have rarely been disappointed. Thousands of local people and tourists have been through them, and I imagine that thousands of photographs have been taken there.










I don't know why the globes fascinate me so, but they always have, and I usually attempt to capture the lighthouse in each one, and to avoid finding an image of myself there as well.




The most recent is this one, surrounded by yellow flowers.
which we saw on a visit two weeks ago.







If you visit Wigger's World, you will find our kind host, Tom, without whom there would be no Sky Watch, and a list of more than 200 participants in Sky Watch Friday.

56 comments:

Judy said...

What beautiful and fascinating pictures you continue to show us. I love visiting these places through your pictures. Have a good weekend.

For The People said...

I am the first! WOOO! Great post!

Pagan Sphinx said...

These are stunning, Bobbie! I always like your pictures but these just blow me away. I have a royal blue globe in my backyard and it never occurred to me to photograph the reflections. You are a creative soul.

The purple one is my favorite. I love how the reflection looks gold.

Pagan Sphinx said...

At least in the smaller version. Less so in the larger. I had to go back and look at those photos again. Beautiful.

Travis said...

Great shots here. Very creative. A great post for sky watch.

quinttarantino said...

It is well known that we Portuguese once sailed the seven seas searching for new lands, wealth and adventures.
We were brave in those days and gave the world new worlds!

Luckily I don’t have to sail the big oceans on a small ship to sea the wonders of our world …
No Sir, I just need to check with Mr. Tom, the finest host there is, for a trip around the world with SKY WATCH TOURS and with a click here, a click there I am quickly in the USA, England, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, Finland … well, everywhere.

And on each stop I come to see a little marvel of our world under a great sky!
Hope you can come and see my piece of the sky at lenses & visions

Old Wom Tigley said...

Just a quick visit to say thank you for joining in with Sky Watch.

I like the idea behind these globes... great Sky Watch post

Anemone said...

Never ever seen anything like it !!
Nice and funny.

Nice weekend to you, from Anne in Norway.

Abraham Lincoln said...

WOnderful views in the garden. Nice photography too.

reader Wil said...

How clever, that you should picture the sky in those globes. It's lovely.

Carletta said...

What a clever way to capture the sky! Awesome.

Luiz Ramos said...

Good fascination. Beautiful taken. Nice garden.

fishing guy said...

Bobbie: You must live near a group of globe loving people. I never saw one in my neighborhood.

RuneE said...

That is the kind of reflections I really enjoy. Well done!

Dewdrop said...

I love the gazing balls, reflection shots. Awesome!

Willard said...

A beautiful series of photos utilizing a creative approach to capturing the sky!

Luke Wiley said...

Interesting gardens! very nice!
My Sky Watch Friday posts

Marie said...

Fantastic! I love your photos!

Petunia said...

What a great idea to take SWF shots like this;)


Petunia's SWF

AnneKa said...

Great sky watch post, very creative!

Greyscale Territory said...

What a novel way to capture the sky. Those globes are magic!

John said...

Great captures and you have been very creative.

Greyscale Territory said...

I think my post became lost. So trying again!

Love those globes. Almost mystical! What a great way to capture images of the sky!

mousetrap said...

those are so cool! that was such a neat idea, to photograph the reflection of the sky! awesome!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hello! How come when we were at Hereford, I didn't see all these gazing globes? I know. How are you supposed to know. Maybe I was paying to much attention to the squirrels.
Well anyway, I think these are just beautiful. The purple is my favorite. Makes me want to get one for my yard. Lisa

The Texican said...

Beautiful reflection shots. Pappy

Lana G! said...

Oh now that is cool! Great idea for Sky Watch!

Beantown Today said...

Fascinating Sky Watch, love these photos!!

Champ Townboy said...

Gorgeous photos of the globes .. awesome Sky Watch!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I am amazed at reflections... totally amazed. You have done a splendid job at these... it was fun to look at them!
Mountain Retreat Photos

Wren said...

What an unusual approach - kudos on your originality and on your photography.

Kathiesbirds said...

Beautiful Bobbie, the sky captured in the garden! Great idea and Happy 4th!

ellen b said...

Now that is very cool and a delightful sky watch! Love it...

ewok1993 said...

What a creative way to comply with the theme. Have a great weekend.

Tranny Head said...

How very clever of you to use these as your skywatch . . . I'm impressed. AND, as always, I want to go where you show us!

Shelly said...

What a fun set of photos. Gazing globes are a favorite of mine too...I broke my most treasured one not too long ago - it was a sad day.

Raven said...

What a cool idea and wonderfully executed.

Quiet Paths said...

Very intriguing post! What a wonderful idea.

Christy said...

Nice shots. Great perspective of capturing the sky in the gazing balls. Very nicely done.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i like that, very creative

frozen moments said...

The Globe did capture the various moods of the sky. Interesting!

Dina said...

Hi Bobbie. Gazing globes, is that what they are called?! Cool. I've never seen one.

Catherine said...

I must tell you that I'm very pleased to get your little black and white presentation picture in my comments list. I love it.
This 4 globes idea is great! Really creative.
You can forecast the weather that way.
Have a sunny 4th of July!

Merisi said...

Beautiful reflections and images!

When I was a little girl, I was fascinated by what was called "rose globes", mostly blue glass, in people's gardens. They went out of fashion for some time, but are back en vogue now. I see mostly blue and red globes, held up by wooden sticks, among the rose bushes.

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog!

Cherie said...

The globes fascinate me, too. I like this point of view for Skywatch.

Thanks for sharing!

Happy Fourth!

Gallicissa said...

Very creative!
Happy 4th of July!

Nina said...

Clever! The gardens are nice too.

mirage2g said...

Globes, I might try that but only in our balcony...and also to photograph reflections in it...Happy Sky watching!

lv2scpbk said...

A very creative way to capture the sky.

Pietro said...

Wonderful and original pictures for a great Sky Watch!

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WillThink4Wine said...

Lovely views of the garden, and the gazing globes are a wonderful series for Sky Watch! Happy Independence day!

raf said...

Excellent post for SWF, Bobbie! Lovely photo series too. By the by, when it comes to writing, I wish I could be as articulate as you. I enjoy your articles!

Carla said...

What an interesting, creative take on Sky Watch! And in a beautiful place!

me ann my camera said...

This is a unique sky watch. I love globes too. Lovely.

And you're right, the trick is to take the picture without you in it; for I have done that before.

Suzi-k said...

Bobby, these are fascinating, it is the first time i have come across them! And to see lighthouses in them too, well, what a bonus. My favourite is the one with the deep purple glow in the third picture, really stunning!

esnorway said...

nice pics have good weekend