Thursday, January 12, 2012

winter day~shadow play


there is a magical beast that holds the secret of light and shadow in a safe place in her heart
and when it has been too long gray, she starts to dance and laugh and cry and sing 
and the sunlight fills her up and spills in wild abandon back into the world again.
~storypeople

I don't know about you, but I admit that the winter chill sometimes hinders my outdoor photo walks--some days are too cold and other times the inspiration just isn't there. Call it the winter blues? Maybe. But as I dart from place to place trying to stay warm I can't help but notice my shadow on the ground, always by my side even on the coldest of days. The winter days may be shorter but the sun still shines brightly and the shadows are plentiful everywhere I turn.

Check it out this week and you'll see! Look around for your shadow today. Stop. Maybe hop around and enjoy its mysterious and playful sides. Take a moment to acknowledge your constant companion ~ pull out your camera or your mobile phone and take a quick snap. It is sure to brighten even the coldest of winter days.

And if you'd like, come back and show me what you captured!

~christy {urban muser}

8/366 Shadow Me or Hooray, the Sun is Out!

8/366 Shadow Me or Hooray, the Sun is Out! by Mt Hood Mama (Barbara)

12 comments:

Kirstin said...

I love shadow play, Christy! It always means the sun is out, yes, even in the winter!

Becs said...

I've just been playing with some shadow shots! I think it is partly the January blues and running low on inspiration but shadows are such fun and as you say it means the sun is out and that always cheers me up. :)

esra said...

i hear you about the winter blues... thanks for the inspiration. Shadow shots are fun. I will be looking around for more shadow play this winter!

gina said...

Shadow play is fun-- I like the long skinny ones at the end of the day.

Summer said...

I love shadows, too. Like you, rushing around and trying to stay warm leaves outdoor photos few and far between. The dark shadows are inspiring, though, I caught one just the other day.

I love how long this shadow is.

Kat Sloma said...

Love it Christy! Funny thing, I recognized that as your photo even before I remembered or read that it was your day to muse. There is just something about your shots - so you! Fun reminder of a subject that is always with us.

Anna said...

Hi Christy,
What a fun play on this theme! Love the quote and captures! Lately, I've been shooting the long cast shadows of winter trees across the snow. Maybe, I'll have to think of capturing my shadow. But, then again, dressed in parka and gear for being out in n. WI is not a very pretty sight, or shadow :)

Ashley Sisk said...

Maybe I'll finally get out for a walk. My biggest problem is finding the time to get out and walk. I work through the day and rarely leave the office. And by the time I get home, it's dark. So I'm left with the weekend. I need to make better use of my weekends!

sarala said...

I posted a couple of shadow pics today but they were taken last month so I guess they probably don't count. Here they are anyway.
http://sharala.blogspot.com/2012/01/shadowed.html
Snow predicted today so I doubt I'll be seeing my shadow. Maybe later in the week. Stay warm.

Kim Stevens said...

One of my favorite places to "shoot" my shadow is at the beach at sunset . . . makes me feel really tall! lol

Barbara Paulsen said...

Thanks for using my pic, Christy! Happy shadow shooting!

Holly {Soupatraveler} said...

You are so right! I've been noticing with my morning coffee shots how stark the shadows are in contrast to everything around me! Awesome observation!

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