Posts Tagged ‘shadows’

Cooperative Bluebird

This bluebird wasn’t hidden as much as it thought it was.

He reverses the direction for this picture.

The pale rust and pale blue blend in with its surroundings (squint and look at him.)

A different angle changes the shadow on the bluebirds.

Shadows help the bluebird to blend in with its surroundings.

Shadows on the Snow

  Shady days postpone the snow’s melting.

The sun and shadows create abstract designs.

The sun slowly shifts the shadows over the snow.

 

Every direction offers a different artistic design.

The end of the day approaches.

Shadowy Trees

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I’ve debated with myself on whether to post pictures of trees with light and shadow patterns on their trunks. The wind and/or breezes blow the leaves and branches back and forth, adding movement to the shadow designs.

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The changing positions of the sun change the shadows. For some reason the wind moving the shadows fascinates me.  I wonder if the wind is sometimes involved. There could be a request for slight movements or different degrees of active. Their positions are on the trunks on the east side in the morning and the west in the afternoon. They are so varied and become mesmerizing.

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I wonder if anything can be “read” into the shadow designs? Is it a secret language? Maybe the earth made a request from the sun for some reason. Or it could be a kind of writing, and then the tree does what it’s meant to do.

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The messages could travel inside the trunk,

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and either down into the earth, or up and out into the sky.

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  This would then transfer the energies to where they’re requested.

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… Then there’s the huge oak across the highway. It definitely has a position of distinction. It could be transferring the energies and/or messages to where they’re requested.

 The highway department recently cut of several long limbs so they wouldn’t fall on the highway. That upset me. It’s such a huge majestic tree.

My husband stepped it off, and the crown spread of the tree is 35 yards.

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 The base of the oak grows at the top of a little slope, only feet from the highway. It must receive messages for itself  and then send them to where they’re requested.

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The oak grows directly across the highway from our kitchen. I’m definitely attached to it after living across from it for 40 years.

 This makes me curious about the spirit world and their possible activities.

… and I will continue to watch the shadows on the tree trunks.

Evening Shadows

Our house faces west, and there’s a garden site and a large farm field across the highway.

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So, we can see the sunsets when they aren’t clouded over. The lower the sun gets, the more vivid the colors turn.

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The shadows intrigue me and

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my moving rearranges them into another composition.

Water Reflections

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Water, its reflections and shadows always amaze me.

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Could be I’m easily entertained, or that I look at things differently … more from of an artistic standpoint?

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The bending of the surface tension creates contorted line reflections

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and line shadows.

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A slight breeze animates the hodgepodge of lines and sky reflections.

These pictures were taken of my small, overgrown water garden.

Crab Spider

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Crab spiders come in different sizes, with females being the largest.

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The angle of the sunlight made this one easy to spot.

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Shadows later made it much less conspicuous.

Ice and Water

These are a few of the reasons I like ice and water.

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Reflections make pretty pictures.

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Patterns in ice create interesting designs of light and shadow.

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This ice curiosity formed in a cavity not 3 inches across.

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Tumbling water rolled over on itself, trapped air and bubbles resulted.

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Rippling water cast yellow-rimmed shadows on the rocks below.

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Add the sound of running water to all this, and it explains why I’m drawn to rocky creeks.

Reflections and Shadows

Two recent rains added up to 1 inch. It still surprised me to find 3 pools in the creek on a morning hike at my rural property.

The mid-morning sun cast a shadow of a floating piece of a leaf. The shapes didn’t match.

These shapes didn’t match either.

If you look close at the lower  edge of the leaf where 2 pieces are missing, you’ll see where the leaf was bending the surface film of the water. This distorted the shadow on the rock below. It also bent the sunlight and created the light edge around it.

This was a surprising fan of greens.

I have no explanation for the 2 following pictures. They’re both so bright and cheerful.

I don’t understand how there’s so little difference between what’s reflected on the water and what’s on the dry rocks.

The greens look lighter than should be, even with the backlighting.

Why are there “leafy pictures” on the dry rocks at all? They look like one picture super imposed over another, and I didn’t do that.

The Healing Powers of Nature

Dramatic and fleeting patterns

We live 1/2-mile from the tornado’s destructive path through Harrisburg Illinois. I was (and still am) in a state of shock and disbelief, even after seeing the damage first hand. Our electricity came on around 6 p.m. last night. I went to bed feeling guilty (and quite grateful) that I had electricity and a bed to sleep in.

Since they wanted people to stay away from the damaged areas, I planned to do just that. My way to cope with tough times is to go into nature. Buffy and I did just that. I wanted a casual scenic drive, so we took out across the flats south of town and then went up on Eagle Mountain road. The road meandered along the top of the ridge for 3 or so miles, then angled downward.

We stopped at the widest creek that crossed the road. This rocky creek measured roughly 25-30 feet wide. Water didn’t cover the whole creek bed. A storm night before last and then rain yesterday morning with the tornado created a healthy flow in the creek. I was able to cross the water, and we meandered upstream. Buffy didn’t exactly meander with all the area and scents to check out. The creek gradually narrowed the further upstream we went.

Nature offered so many interesting things that easily distracted me.  The water falling over rocks had different sounds. Some sounded like busy swishes. One sounded like it was falling in a barrel. Some areas were quieter and others quite active. Green algae grew on at least three-quarters of the rocks and waved in the current.

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I got so absorbed in the sights and sounds that nothing else existed. I kept taking picture after picture of water, shadows and light, all in constant motion. The ripples cast shadows and sunlight the yellow patterns. Many factors contributed to the water’s  reflecting results — the depth of the water, and the size, shape and angle of the rocks. My focus on the moving designs erased all unsettling thoughts.

The water, the surrounding hills and the solitude … I brought the peace home with me … and 136 pictures.