Ephemeral Treasure (2): Tree Shadows

This winter I was often drawn to the long, soft shadows of trees on the snow. Even at noon, there were long shadows, similar to those endless late-afternoon shadows during the summer. The low angle of the sun was kind to trees: they displayed their naked beauty twice – first in distinct contrast against the sky, then, as their much softer shadow selves on the snowy ground. The shadows draped themselves almost lovingly across the white shimmering landscape.

This is a stand of oak trees

Afternoon shadows

Afternoon shadows

By playing around with color on PhotoShop, the shadows become more festive, more vivid, as if the trees are partying with their shadow selves.

Purple shadows

Purple shadows

By doing a simple color inversion, the picture takes on a very different mood, snow becomes beige sand still holding the tree’s reflections faithfully. Now the shadows have transformed into light shadows. Maybe this can show us the way in dealing with our own shadow shelves (our not so desirable qualities): When we acknowledge them and dance with them, they transform and we become lighter and more whole.

Shadows inverted

Shadows inverted

This post is a second response to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Treasure.

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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30 Responses to Ephemeral Treasure (2): Tree Shadows

  1. What a beautiful post Annette, I love the original photo and then the ways you’ve played with it. Then there are the wise soft words of encouragement to play a little with our shadows….to keep life light is wisdom indeed…..and all from the shadows of oak…..perfect🙂

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  2. I love the shadows inverted. That’s really cool!

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  3. ckbflash says:

    Wonderful pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Beautifully done composition, Annette!

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  5. Tish Farrell says:

    Magical, Annette. Dancing with trees – there’s my thought for today. Thank you.

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  6. Dina says:

    Annette, this work is outstanding, I love your shots and the interpretation of the theme. Excellent! Very cool indeed.🙂
    Love and a hug from The Rhine Valley
    Dina

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  7. Annette, what a lovely set showing nature’s winter splendor! The images somehow reminded me of Monet’s work and how he observed how haystacks looked different in ever-changing light.

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  9. Stunning photography and commentary on the human condition—light and shadow! Thank you, Annette

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  10. Beautiful cobwebby (is there such a word) shadows. Great fun on your post processing, I really love the purple version.

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  11. I’m struck by things when I least expect to be and they are usually the things most worth thinking about. Thank you for this.

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  12. Lovely. I love the idea of our shadow selves revealed in this way.

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  13. LaVagabonde says:

    Beautiful. An unexpected gift from winter.🙂

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  14. Love your shadow trees, Annette.🙂

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  15. Tina Schell says:

    Well done Annette – almost makes one not mind the chill of winter – the key word being “almost” !! Seriously, love the tree shadows and your playful interpretations of them.

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