Monday, February 19, 2024

Water balls, light, and bokeh

I like to capture dancing light with bokeh effect.

During the coldest days of the warm winter, I played with colored balls 
in a crystal bowl with my camera.

By the window

In the sunlight outside

The balls look so delicious, don't they?
You can't eat them; the objects are not candies.
Tiny beads made of sodium polyacrylate swell to five times their volume in water.
The small balls jiggle like jiggly jelly.

Zooming up, each aqua gel ball has a cute face.

What is water balls?

Heavy shadow of despair descended.
An early death of the source of hope for a better country.
He died but his idea does not,
His voice "Never give up" resonates. 

Linked to Mosaic Monday


  1. Lovely images and the first time I have heard of the word bokeh. The effects are magical and joyful. At the same time, Navalny died and that is disturbing and terribly sad. Sometimes life itself seems very out of focus. May his memory be a blessing.

  2. Hello Yoko,
    Looks like the colorful balls are fun to photograph.
    I like all the colors and the bokeh is lovely.
    Pretty series of photos and mosaics.
    Take care, enjoy your day and have a great week!

  3. You did have fun with your camera. I assume your ending poem is for Navalny in Russia. It's very poignant.

  4. ...your skill and vision shine through!

  5. His was a remarkable man, and even though he must have known that it would end in the way it has, he never ever thought of giving up on his country.
    Love the fun that you must have had playing with the coloured balls and creating bokeh effects. I bet your grandchildren enjoy them too.

  6. Lovely and colorful pictures Yoko !
    Thanks for your visit....
    Have a shinny day !

  7. We are heartbroken for Russia that Putin has killed Navalny. And we have Trump who does not condemn it. He's even compared Navalny's murder to his legal troubles. Good grief!

  8. I particularly like the visual gimmicks with the water spheres. And I can understand you very well, dear blog friend, what you are expressing with the last verse. It is true. Understanding the world, with all the conflicts, with all the suffering, is harder and harder. This encouragement is therefore valuable and I am happy about it.

    Thanks for sharing with MosaicMonday I'm very happy about it again. It's evening and I have time to look at the pictures in peace, to read the respective article!

    I wish you and your family a pleasant week, hugs

  9. Fun photography!
    Love the variety of colors and the beautiful bokeh effect.

    Happy Friday, Yoko!

  10. Dear Yoko!
    Your colorful photos are beautiful.
    There is a war going on outside my country. Ukraine is fighting and Putin is murdering people. Now he has killed Navalny. Will this man/beast not come to his senses?
    Hugs and greetings.

  11. Thank you very much for your comment about Love and the kanji which I found very interesting. I need to ask my mom about that. She'll love it.

  12. Bonito efecto Yoko.Pasaste un buen rato haciendo las fotos. Su idea seguira adelante.
    Buen fin de semana.
    Un abrazo.

  13. Lovely colourful photographs.

    All the best Jan

  14. Your dancing light is magic, Yoko. Never heard of those water balls. I smiled at your “coldest days of warm winter”. Our recent temperatures feel like early spring, -7-8 Celsius. There’re patches of melted snow at noon.
    I wish you blooming March, dear friend.

  15. Colorful and wonderful photos, what extraordinary effects.
    Greetings and all the best for you and your family

  16. I love the bokeh! You make be want to try a similar photo shoot using my antique marbles. Our son and 2 oldest grandsons visited Japan in February for 10 days. They skied Niseko Resort and spent a few days in Tokyo. They had a wonderful trip.


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