Shadows are cast by people and things, by the Sun. You often see a person’s shadow before you see the person. It’s really hard to sneak up on someone in the bright sunshine! How often have you seen something you want to photograph, and there’s no place to stand where you do not cast a shadow on it?
Last night, I took an interesting picture, that might actually have been useful for last week’s challenge! Can you tell what this is?
Okay, I’ll tell you. We made a batch of Singapore Curry for dinner, and my husband usually does the cooking. Last night, I decided to watch, and see how it is actually done. The kit comes with a pack of dry noodles, and two separate seasoning packets. This is what the pan of curry looks like with just the curry seasoning added. I thought it was quite pretty to look at, so I took a picture. The lighting in the kitchen is such that I could not get a picture without some shadow. It almost looks like a shadow across the Moon. It sure tasted great when it was ready to eat, too.
Our cat, Kikyo, loves to sit in the sunshine, watching out into the back yard to see the birds at the feeders, and the squirrels who like to drink from the birdbath. It almost looks like there are two cats, with her shadow preceding her.
In late May, when we visited the Diablo Lake Overlook in North Cascades National Park, it was late in the afternoon, and the sun was low in the sky. The moving clouds cast shadows that changed quickly.
Almost the same viewpoint in a previous visit, the shadow line is much more evident-it was a much sunnier day, still late in the afternoon.
At the other end of the day, when I went on a golf outing with my high school classmates (around our 50th reunion), it was very early in the day, and the trees lining the golf course cast long shadows, indeed. It does make it easier to spot the golf balls, however.
At Picnic Point County Park, the logs of the old pier loom out of the shadows. Only the youngster playing on the beach prevents this scene from being a bit sinister. The sunlight glinting off the water shows the influence of the clouds.
Israel is a very hot country. We visited in July, the height of summer. And we went to Masada in the heat of the midday, too. Believe me, we appreciated every single bit of shade we could find. That picture always makes me feel warm whenever I look at it!
The shade of a tunnel affords some respite from the sun in South Dakota. And when you get to the end of the shady tunnel, what do you see? The Mount Rushmore National Monument!
Sometimes, it’s helpful to find a shady spot, to serve as a frame for the picture you want to take, of a natural subject.
That doorway to a balcony, in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, was a perfect frame for the hills on the other side of the river below.
It’s nice to have contrasts, which shade and sunlight always provide.