“The composition is already there,” famed New York photographer Jay Maisel says. “All you have to do is see it.”

As I take my morning walk along Sandy Flats Road near our home, I try to remember Jay’s advice and look at photo opportunities from that perspective.

Jay also says some of the best photographs are ambiguous at best and leave the viewer wondering just what the heck it is.

Like this one. Obviously, it is a reflection. But a reflection from what? A pond? A stream? Nope. Just a puddle left over from a recent rain. A small puddle, less than a foot across, but one that provides an pattern of light and shadow when photographed from about six inches away with a macro lens.

“Beauty,” the proverb says, “is in the eye of the beholder.”

Not always. The world provides the beauty. All we have to do is see it.