I like to play with photo prompts on Instagram

and this week one of those prompts was upside down.

Upside down birds Fountain Lake

 Birds at Fountain Lake here in Richmond.

So I flipped this photo

and something about the birds flying into the bottom corner made my brain buzz

(and maybe made me feel a tad dizzy.)

Richmond pipeline walk upside down

Pipeline walk in downtown Richmond. 

As much as I get a certain routine comfort in knowing I can plant myself on the couch in front of the TV at night,

eat the same salad,

make the same gluten-free chocolate chip cookie dough (oh the burden),

or walk the same pipeline,

crackling synapses can be pretty cool.

Virginia Beach pier upside down

Virginia Beach Pier

And oh how I crackled (and snapped and popped) at the feedback I got from the story I’m working on now.

Let’s just say I had to remove a couple of “pier legs”.

But the structure is way better.

Thanks to a new perspective.

Pickett's Charge Gettysburg upside down

Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg National Military Park

dandelion wishes upside down

Wishing you a Happy Tuesday! 

And Happy National Odometer Day (thinking about this holiday oughta keep your brain fires stoked).


What’s got your brain firing and crackling? 


44 thoughts on “Warning: Photos May Cause Dizziness

  1. Jennette Marie Powell

    Still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that Odometer Day is actually a thing… O.o

    But wow, those pics do mess with your mind! Amazing what a different perspective can do. 😀

  2. Julia

    Now I’m awake. Thanks. Pickett is in heaven? Poor man. Hard to live down (up?) one of the most famous disasters in Southern history. And those birds. Especially appreciate the floating multi-directional ducks? Geese? Grebes?

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      At that lake there’s a mix of birds–Canadian geese, pigeons, and even some gulls. I had fun playing with them. Every time I walked to one side of the water they’d all fly en masse, as if they’d been choreographed!

  3. Teresa Robeson

    Thanks for shaking me out of my comfort zone and making me see things a different way! Love your photos, as always.

    And yay for making cool changed on your ms!

  4. Carrie Rubin

    Love the upside down pics. Never hurts us to see things in a new perspective. We often learn something we didn’t know. Or at least we’re more open to the possibility. 🙂

  5. Susie Lindau

    The first one made my brain hurt! the second to last one reminds me how air is just like water. I often look at trees similar to the plant life under the ocean.

  6. Patricia

    Interesting. My neck hurts from twisting so that the pictures were right side up. Thanks for that.

    What fun to experiment with cool technological stuff. I can barely find the camera icon on my phone.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Too bad we live on opposite coasts. Otherwise I could find your camera while you cook one of those super cool meals you blogged about. 😉

  7. Mary

    Goodness, but I love all of these. Especially the second, the Pipeline walk. The color and pattern in that one is gorgeous! And yes, the first one made me dizzy, too. But in a good way.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Mary. The pipeline is a pretty cool spot here. Not if you’re dizzy though (unless you don’t mind a dip in the river). 🙂

  8. 4amWriter

    Your post was like taking a ride on a roller coaster! Those pictures really did make me dizzy, especially the pipeline one. That’s crraazzyy!

    I need to look at ordinary things from a different perspective more often. I think that’s a great way to approach life. 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful Mom’s Day!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks, Kate! Mom’s day was great. I kind of had 2 mom weekends. One in NYC with my daughter and the other in Williamsburg with my son. 🙂

  9. Karen McFarland

    Lol, I guess we could pretend we are out in space! Yes, dizzy comes to mind. Those are great inspiring photos Coleen. Even if the world is upside-down. 🙂

  10. Patricia Tilton

    There is a saying to “stand on your head” to see something from a different perspective. You may gain insight you didn’t have before. Looking at your inverted photos made me see things I would not have before. Inspiring post. Some made me feel dizzy, but my favorite was the tree and the sky. Made me feel small in such a huge universe.

  11. Inion N. Mathair

    Loved the picture of the Gettysburg National Park! It was beautiful. These images were inspiring and though I’m prone to motions sickness, I didn’t get dizzy at all. 😉 Perhaps it was the beauty. Mathair and I love different forms of expression through art and these photos are a prime example.

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