that the groundhog does not see its shadow this winter!
That particular shadow withstanding, I have a sincere soft spot for shadows.
I find them beautifully magical and inspiring...
and the one that mimics the railing on the bridge crossing the Chemung River in Corning.
Charlotte, NC, Corning, NY, and Watkins Glen, NY. I have many from our travels, too;
the center one, below, is a favorite from New Zealand and hangs in my Charlotte studio.
The one on the left was not intentionally a shadow portrait, and I can't believe there was
that much empty space between us and the crowd at Xiang Yang Market in Shanghai.
I like that our shadows are showing, though!
their delicate shapes, and suspending each from monofilament on aluminum wire.
Even more than the mobile itself, I enjoyed watching the shadows swim on my porch wall.
At one point I photographed them in black and white, but many moves later,
I don't think the mobile or the photographs are in my possession any longer.
I still have the memory though.
Shadows don't have to stand alone to speak.
On a beautiful spring ride-along, my attention was
diverted from the scenery to this tiny hitchhiker and
his shadow. He stretched and shrank, again and
again, in order to make his way across my jeans leg.
His journey would not have been nearly as
interesting to watch had he been traveling solo.
Shadows have helped tell time. They have inspired paintings, architecture,
poetry, music, and dance. Despite what the lyrics say, I never feel blue
when this song comes to mind; singing, whistling, or humming it lifts me up!
we have a built-in comrade, confidant, and playmate.
Just look how entertained this Shepherd is.
Previous shadows of myself join in; some are helpful in my tasks... others not so much.
I have said goodbye to some, and a few hang on despite my pushing them toward the door.
There are those that I am content to keep close, as well.
I will be inspired by many things this year, including shadows; literal and figurative.
Some of the figurative ones will try to hold me back, and one of those
previously-mentioned resolves will be an attempt to disallow them to do so.
The quote, 'Turn your face toward the sun and the shadows will fall behind you',
has been attributed to a Maori Proverb. I think it is a beautiful sentiment,
but in being true to my appreciation for shadows,
I hope I will remember to turn around often and invite them to play.