Puddles are completely underrated. At least by adults. No kid can walk by one without jumping into it. Dogs love them, too. But to most of us they're just shoe threat, traffic inconvenience or not really worthy of attention or thought at all. But puddles can be incredibly beautiful and even mystical, particularly the ones that reflect a topsy-turvy view of the world. Call it the Alice Effect. When I took this photo after the heavy rains from the end of Hurricane Matthew, I was struck by the golden quality of the late afternoon light. The yellow oak leaves glittered in the sidewalk water. The puddle itself had long octopus-like tentacles that stretched and waved. I couldn't help but wondering, is it really reflecting the park at me? Or is it a portal to a world hidden deep below? Unless you jump in it, you'll never know.