Phoneography Challenge: Reflection on Still Waters


“Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

When I took the above photo, I was on my way to the office from our coffee shop where I had breakfast. I was on the phone and in a hurry so my surroundings were lost on me. I have lived in this resort for almost 6 years so I sometimes take its beauty for granted.

When I reached our Galapagos Beach, I met a couple of guests and heard one of them exclaim, “Wow!” By this time, I was done with my call so I looked at where her attention was drawn and noticed that indeed, the view was very pretty. I was especially charmed by the reflection of the coconut trees on the water.

In this fast-paced and constantly moving world, I sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses.  Worse, I have allowed  myself to be jaded.

And so I write this post to remind myself to take the time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures. More importantly, to be truly still not movement-wise but heart-wise that when I look at still waters, I would be able to see my reflection smiling back at me.

This post is an entry to the Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge by Lens and Pens by Sally. This week’s theme is Nature.  Photo taken using an iPhone 6.


6 thoughts on “Phoneography Challenge: Reflection on Still Waters

  1. lensandpensbysally

    To be surrounded by that bounty of nature is marvelous. Where do you live? Yes, sometimes we become so engrained in our surroundings that we miss the small and even bigger picture of its gifts. Happy Photo Challenge.

    1. milai Post author


      I live in the tropical country that is the Philippines. My workplace and home is called Plantation Bay and it’s located in Cebu.

      Looking forward to joining your weekly challenge. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Nature (and Spring Pansies) | Lens and Pens by Sally

  3. sustainabilitea

    Welcome to the challenge. Your photo is beautiful and I agree that it’s important to take the time to look around, especially at nature, which is a renewing for both mind and soul.



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