Saturday, November 28, 2009

Shadow Shot Sunday - Snoozin' Bruin





Hey Harriet hosts the wonderful Shadow Shot Sunday, where creativity with shadowy things abounds. From today to the ancient past. This view was taken quite awhile ago with my then trusty Pentax K1000 on color film - remember that artistic medium? This picture has been posted before, and remains a favorite of mine...

I snapped this at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha Nebraska in August 1983. This mammal, known as Ursus Maritimus, chose to not be in its personal pool on this stiflingly humid 102°F (39°C), typical Midwest Summer day. The lazy Polar bear (Polar bore?) seemed to be bothered not by the heat and sweating zoo visitors as he/she avoids his personal pool. The shadows range from the slight vertical ones of the iron fence surrounding the enclosure to the massive underside of our bruin (or is that the topside?)

Shadows seem to appear at opportune moments - we hope to seize them! See the shadowy world of shadow artists at this unique and fun site!

31 comments:

sarayutouched said...

he does looked bothered...love his massive shadow...and the gentle softness of the fence. it's an oldie but a goodie!!!

happy sss.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

your shadow is even older than mine - great to dig out the old ones.

Sylvia K said...

I love it! He looks so bored with the attention and sooooo laid back! Terrific capture, Ralph!

Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

bobbie said...

Wonderful shadows, and a really great photo!

Maelka said...

Great and funny shot! I like it very much. Have a nice day Ralph.

Paula Scott said...

I can see why it is one of your favorites! We can learn a lot from the examples of other animals. Personally, I don't think we Westerners 'stop and smell the roses' often enough. Here' is a great reason why we should.
Have a great weekend!

Diane AZ said...

Terrific photo! I hope he didn't have a headache. The shadows, slight and bold, do add the image. Before blogging and participating in shadow shots, I didn't notice these things.

Carolyn Ford said...

Great shot! The shadow definitely add interest to this photo!

Martha Z said...

Great shot, almost makes one want to scratch his tummy, almost.

Hot Fudge said...

Ah yes, I remember life before digital cameras. What a delightful shot - looks as though he ate too much Christmas dinner!

Catherine said...

the shadows look great in black and white..

Sweet Repose said...

Sad his regal coat doesn't look as majestic in the Midwestern heat, but I strike the same pose in the Iowa scorchers, how unnatural it must feel to him, do you suppose he longs for the tundra...

fredamans said...

Adorable!!

Thanks for stopping at my humble blog!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

AHHH... now that's the life! Cute pic, instant smile maker!
Karla & Karrie

Greyscale Territory said...

Bruin certainly looks as if he is totally immersed in his own world of thoughts! Amazing photo!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

“Oh, my aching head,”
snoozin’ bruin seems to say.
“No more play today.”

My Shadow Shot

Hey Harriet said...

Oh how adorable! And funny! I suspect he had a wild night and is now crashed out on the ground nursing a hangover!

Icy BC said...

That's very cute photo!

Beverley Baird said...

Great shot - great shadow!
Thanks for stopping by!
Love the bear's pose - imagine what he must be thinking!

BLOGitse said...

He looks so relaxed!
Nice shot!
ps. the picture on my blog: a green Croc shoe :)

patk860 said...

i adore him! what a treasure shot!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Howdy mate!

Am late this week but I cope up to took some shots around my poormans house, though.

What a cutie. Is this ur pet? Hope your doing great as well as your family.

Cheers for our SSS...

frayedattheedge said...

I love this photo!!

storyteller said...

Awwww ... this is a wonderful photo! Thanks for dropping by HRG. I'm playing catch up this morning.
Hugs and blessings,

maryt/theteach said...

A real great shot, Ralph! I'm never quick enough to catch wonderful photos like this! :)

MyMaracas said...

Looks like he has a headache. Love the way he's lying in a pool of shadow.

Captain Shagrat said...

The P Bear is great and reminds me of my Lab dog Harry. When he's really chilled out you can often see him in this very same position. Cheers made me smile ;-)

Jane ... said...

Oh, that we could each relax so well. :) Great SS!

Patti said...

This truly is a great capture, my dear..

Paz said...

Awesome shot! Can't believe he wasn't in the pool in that kind of hot weather.

Paz

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