Goo Goo For Glitter

Travel blog – shmavel blog. When not traveling what does one write about in one’s travel blog? Maybe about something we come across often in our recent travels? How about a realization of an often seen, and commonly drawn-to phenomenon? Hint: What appears mostly over water? How convenient that we just happen to live (literally on) the water. How about a brief spot about shimmering glitter paths?

Isles of Shoals Sunset – I call this laser glitter.

At some point over the past year (during the last 5000 nautical miles) we’ve traveled on Fayaway, I first read of the term perhaps coined by Tristan Gooley. Tristan literally wrote the book about How To Read Water, as well as many others about interpreting the natural wonders around us. One chapter was focused on the topic of glitter paths. Ok, some readers ask, what exactly is a glitter path? Just look at many of my pictures involving the sun, moon and water. Notice the way various sparkling patterns emanate from the water, as a reflection of the light (not always sunlight) dancing on the water’s varying surface textures.

Even though we’ve stared at them countless times, I never really gave them much thought – certainly not in the more practical context of Tristan’s book, which is to what they tell us about waves, current, wind, temperature, and generally the weather. Many of us maybe take what we see and intuitively interpret the meaning – we capture the light reflecting off the water, and our brains infer the practical information provided. But what about simple beauty?

Dolphin research center Marathon Cay, Fl. Note how the glitter path accentuates this beautiful animal, also showing it’s path in the water, combined with it’s shadow.

Honestly, I didn’t realize how many of my photos captured glitter paths (sometimes I call them trails), and I’m certainly not a dedicated photographer (bumbling with my free scratched-up smartphone camera) to be any authority of the topic. I just point and click (and usually delete four out of every five shots taken). I hope something might come out to my liking; if not, delete!. Seriously, I snap a lot of photos by habit, believing that I’m saving for those days when my already fading memory can’t recall where we sailed off to (or what I had for breakfast). It’s a bonus if and when sharing some memories with you, to receive a thrill in return as you press that like button! Regardless, I’m drawn to the beauty of glitter trails.

Sunset over somewhere – reason for sundowners!

A good friend recently borrowed my copy of Tristan’s book, as he is the type to fully appreciate it’s contents. Without it now, I can simply comment about glitter variations in my own photos, and not get into the practical implications. As you review more photos below, notice how several had certainly been composed to capture that shining path, as it is a fascinating component to me. Some paths are more subtle than others. In any case I hope these shots are attractive to you, and will tempt you to give pause when you see your own glitter paths. Enjoy!

Animals with glitter paths are a special treat. Note how the sparkles apparently emanate from the gosling! Magical!

And a few more… glitter paths can come from sunrises, mid-day or sunset. Even from the moon or artificial light too. They can be over relatively flat foggy water, a babbling stream, or used to light up the day’s catch! Click to enlarge!

7 thoughts on “Goo Goo For Glitter

    1. Yes! I remember that photo taken early in the morning while canoeing somewhere on the Allagash waterway! Back in the days of take the shot and find out days or weeks later if it came out. Thanks for the reminder! I’d try to find it in storage, but we’re presently social-distancing in a quiet little cove near Pemaquid Maine.

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