A while ago I used the image below in one of my posts and @melinda010100 mentioned it would be a nice entry to the Shadow Hunters contest. I totally forgot about the lovely shadow hunters community, and without blowing my own trumpet, I think this is actually a very pretty shadow. Since I'm sharing a series of shadow images today, I figured I'd start with this one again as I do like it a lot. These images were taken at Clevedon in UK, with Clevedon Pier at the back of the photo. We're heading over there now.
Piers are an important part of English seaside towns, pretty much every seaside town has one, and sometimes even more than one. Although I don't swim, I love walking along the walkway out into the sea towards the end of the pier. And when I get to the pier, and look back at the walkway I just came by, it's interesting to see how the shadow looks like it has fallen off into the sea.
The other funny thing I find about shadows is how they are totally different from their origin object. Like this image below, it looks nothing like the actual structure on the pier,
Originally I thought this shadow was taken at another point a bit further along the pier walkway. Then I looked at the image data, the file name and the time stamp, these three images were all taken at exactly the same time which means this would be the building for the shadow above. How weird!! The shadow looks nothing like it.
From the sea to the park. This is a local park and has become kind of my solace during lockdown. Whenever I want to go out and sit down under the sun to feel alive, this is where I come.
The other reason I like this park is because one of my favourite photos of my nan was taken here years ago. My brother played around with photography in his youth days, and he took a lovely portrait of our nan when the flowers were blooming one year. My nan, being a traditional Chinese woman didn't like to take photos. She thinks the camera will suck away her soul, bless her!
The park hasn't changed much over the years, but I'm sure the trees are a lot bigger than I used to remember. So big their shadows look like monsters crawling all over the ground!
The park is always quite busy as we don't have that much green space in town. It's mainly families with their kids, and often the benches are all taken up which forces you to stroll rather than sit in the park. In our old life, in the summer they also did proms in the gazebo. Proms are summer outdoor music performances and are a very British thing.
And now we're heading back home. The other day I was tendering my aloe vera by the window side. It's actually not the best place for the aloe vera as there's too much sun and the plant is starting to go red. This window is west facing and is lovely to watch the sunset in the evenings. And that's when I saw the aloe vera's shadow. I wanted to take a few more shots but by the time I fiddled with the curtains and the position of the plant, the light and shadow had disappered.
Last and not the least, this is my kitchen, please excuse the mess and mould (mold for the Americans) around my sink. After I battled with the washing up, I leave my washing up gloves to battle between themselves. Who do you think will win? Left of right? By the way, do you see another shadow in this image? Can you guess what I use that for?
I'm going to try collect for shadow images and will be back again when I have more interesting ones to share. Till then, see ya!!