Weekly Photography Challenge: Reflection

My first inclination for this weeks challenge was to look for photos of reflections on water, or maybe on glass – a window, or  mirror. I have such pictures in my files, and I found some of them, but I felt like making something new, just for the challenge.

Taking tea, especially in the context of the Japanese tea ceremony, is an occasion for reflection. Tea reflections 1

I made a pot of T2’s “Passion” tea, which is pink in colour, and quite delicious.Tea reflections

The table top is reflective, as is the old epns tea strainer, and the glamourous gold glaze on the darling cup and saucer.Tea reflections 3

I had made a batch of sturdy, seedy scones and slathered them with orange marmalade. Served up with pink tea, what could be better! This is not much like the Japanese tradition (wrong colour tea, for starters), but a solitary cuppa, served up with some ceremony, is a fine context for reflection of the spiritual kind.

Or it would have been if I wasn’t so busy composing lovely pictures for my blog! So tricky to press the button with my left hand…Who knew?

Weekly Photography Challenge: Habit

tea and books

The prompt for this weeks photography challenge is ‘habit’, and who among us doesn’t have a few of those? Lots of good ones, we hope… Here’s a pic that shows several of mine. Tea (in this case Gen Mai Cha Bancha, a Japanese green tea with roasted rice), drunk from one of my little tea bowls, a shelf full of books (are you turning your head on one side so you can read the titles? that’s what I’d do…I’m frustrated by photos of beautiful rooms in magazines if I can’t make out what the owners have on their shelves… ), textiles – check out the colours in that piece of fabric! (Colour is another habit). And there’s one of my hand-made artist books, titled Sukie’s Journey, which I’ve been going to write a post about for months. So, there’s another habit – procrastination…