Katherine Brady

"Mountain of Reflection" 

The photo I took is an example of a natural physics phenomenon occurring in nature. This phenomenon is reflection. In this photo there is a mountain and at the base of that mountain there is a still lake. The reflection demonstrated in the picture is where the mountain is mirrored off the lake and into the camera. Reflection is when a wave strikes an object or boundary and bounces off, changing the direction of the waves, which in this case are light waves.

This photo demonstrates specular reflection, where light from a single incoming direction is reflected into a single outgoing direction. This is what makes such a clear picture on the lake, not including the back where the water is not quite as still due to wind that causes pressure and friction forces on the surface of the water. The image from the mountain hits the water with an incident ray at the same angle that it bounces off and reflects into the lens of the camera. This is how the reflection is able to be shown in a picture.

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