Lines and Rings

A gloomy, rainy day in Milwaukee. But I’ll take it—way better than 10 inches of snow or below zero temperatures! Snapped this picture on my way from the CC to the Grohmann this morning (on MSOE’s campus downtown). Rain was just starting to pick up again, and I liked the contrast here between the lines of the office building reflected in this puddle and the spreading rings on the water’s surface where individual drops splashed.


Yeah, I know. This is just an iPhone pic of a puddle. But I like the ghostly apparition of the building rising up from the depths (of, like, two inches max 🙂 ). You can also see the office lights floating in the blackness of each floor’s ceiling—which you kind of have to think about, as the puddle reflects a mirror image and everything is upside down. Plus, the pebbled texture of the sidewalk—unnoticeable when dry—looks like a lake bed or riverbank.

So not a beautiful photograph, but maybe an interesting one to look at.

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. My blog is a space for playing with ideas about creativity, innovation, lifelong learning, and the nature of "insight."
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2 Responses to Lines and Rings

  1. Sally Cissna says:

    You know…..What you are doing with these pictures of “everyday” surroundings is really awareness meditation – “Awareness meditation is a relaxing and peaceful way to meditate and become more aware of the world around you and your place in it.” Walking between classes can become rote – I’ve done this a million times before and I really don’t have to think about it. But by being more aware of the interest and beauty around you, you are bringing yourself fully into the NOW – clearing your mind. It’s good for the body (relaxing) and the soul. AND I love the picture with its many levels of understanding.

    • Wow, I love what you’re saying! I’d never heard of “awareness meditation” before and never thought about the way I noticed things as being “meditative.” I just now looked up the term and I think you’re right. Awareness meditation seems to be about “noticing.” One thing I know for sure is that I’m a good noticer😄

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