Shadow Play

We all know intuitively what a shadow is when we see it. I suspect that we often ignore shadows when we look at something, just subtract them from our perception to focus on what’s tangible and “real”. And, yet, without shadows, an image often lacks depth and appears flat.

snow covered grass tufts

snow covered grass tufts

Sometimes, shadows add a sense of strangeness and exaggeration:

frog and shadow

frog and shadow

I love the strong shadows in winter, the way the trees throw their abstracted shapes across the snow, their shadows longest during this time of year.

tree shadows

tree shadows

tree and morning frost

tree and morning frost

a tree and its shadow

a tree and its shadow

I love the patterns created by shadows, the repetitive geometry of it all.

Not all shadows are dark – when the sun shines into the windows in early morning, shadows against the white wall mirror the colors of the bottles. Here the shadow play is inspired, light-hearted, almost giddy. Clearly, not all shadows are dark and ominous!

colored bottles

colored bottles

For more interpretations of shadow, check out the Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed.

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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28 Responses to Shadow Play

  1. utesmile says:

    Love the snow shadows! Beautiful pictures!

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  2. jpeggytaylor says:

    Your tree shadows are fabulous – I love their intensity on the snow. The bottle shadows are fascinating too – beautiful colours and patterns🙂

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  3. Your tree shadows photo is exquisite! It totally captures the shadows’ playful dance upon the snow. The middle tree dances elegantly, while the left-hand-side tree boldly takes it’s space. The right-hand-side tree is gingerly stepping out to play. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Your images create such interesting thoughts…

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  5. Terrific shadowy captures, Annette. And that poor frog!

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  6. Tina Schell says:

    The colorful shadows are really special! The frog, maybe not LOL! Lovely shadows all.

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  7. Barneysday says:

    Very nicely done, as usual. And I love your new wine bottle header. Thanks for sharing

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  8. dogear6 says:

    The shadows at this time of the year are so beautiful – I’m glad you captured them so well. The lower sun just makes the lighting even prettier. Ya’ did good (even the frog!).

    Nancy

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  9. Mabel Kwong says:

    Brilliant interpretation of this week’s challenge. I particularly like the glass bottle shots – shadows of colour, very lovely indeed. As Silver mentioned in the comments, that poor frog! Poor thing. I hope he didn’t suffer too much.

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  10. Annette, your photos are always stunning. You have such an eye for depth and light. These shadows are amazing.

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  11. asqfish says:

    Loved the optimism, especially the sunlight through the bottles:)

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  12. This is a great response to the challenge, Annette. What you say about shadows is very true, and yes, we often do just ignore them. I love your images, especially the frog and those grass tufts.🙂 Well done.

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  13. I love your blog ! you a a lovely way of putting thoughts together with your words ! Thank you

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