Saturday, January 2, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - More of Winter...





Shadow Shot Sunday is a fun way to explore the shadowy side of people and/or places. I find myself looking at the past, for sentimental reasons. Like with our children of four or more years ago. They are posing on a wintery shadows in the back yard. The shadows add a fun look to a wonderful if cold day. The shadows are a true enhancement to a snowy backdrop. Ahh, to be young and at play, forgetting about the cold...

Snow angels, anyone??





This old and faded print is a companion to one posted on Looking at the Sky yesterday - that previous picture was meant to show the beautiful sky set against the snow. The day is 8 February, 1978 after the biggest snowfall (30" - 77 cm) that I have seen. This shot shows a shadow formed when four adult kids had to shovel the frozen precip somewhere, anywhere. The suburban alp looks impressive above and on the driveway. The great shadow allows for offbeat art and a sore back.

Note the snow shovel that was abandoned in the snow and the auto that was unearthed...

Shadows abound! Visit the many shadow artists at Hey Harriet's fun meme!



39 comments:

Quilt Works said...

Nice walk down the memory lane! The kids look like they are having a lot of fun! I also looked back at your lovely ladies - great photos! They both look very pretty now and then!

sarayutouched said...

brrrrr! that used to be me...oh so many years ago...staying out until your feet and fingers were frozen...
nice shots ralph!!

Small City Scenes said...

Snow is good when you can have fun in it. but when it is just work to get out and all that shoveling---well forget it.

Love the old shots. MB

Patti said...

The photo of our kids posing on the snow brings back happy memories.

Nice old shot of the result of * Blizzard Larry *

Diane AZ said...

The shadows in the first one suggest the youthful energy of your kids while the shadows in the second one dramatically convey the depth of snow that was shoveled. Fantastic shadow shots!

Pam said...

Hi Ralph, Your shadowy snow angels are delightful. How could anyone resist those cute smiling faces. Youth is wonderful. I hope the snow in the second shot melted so you could reach that shovel.

Martha Z said...

Shadows on snow, crisp and clean and a day to remember before the kids headed off to college.
I've been lingering of late over photos of my young sons now almost middle aged. Time flys by faster and faster each year.

Catherine said...

what gorgeous snow shadows...love the striated patterns...Happy New Year from Costa Rica...

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Hello bro?

Winter came to you huh? Look at your gorgeous kids!

So much fun though freezin. I lover watching the frozen roofs around and the frozen drippin water.

Always captured the perfect shots!

Wishing you all the best of 2010.

bobbie said...

Snow makes for such wonderful shadow opportunities! Both of these pictures are just wonderful.

storyteller said...

Love that first shot of the kids on the snow surrounded by shadows and that second one with all that white stuph piled high boggles my mind! Ya know there's no snow and LOTS of sunshine where I live, so I’ve shared A Mosaic of Neighborhood Shadows at Sacred Ruminations in addition to the ‘Critter Shadows’ at Small Reflections you've already seen. Thanks for sharing your 'memories' and for dropping by ;-)
Hugs and blessings,

Carin said...

That was the time I used to love snowy weather! Long ago!

Nice shots and thanks for taking us down memory lane!

MARGARET GOSDEN 2 said...

Great shadows. No 3-D about them!! The kids look happy in it. In my day such warm clothing was not even thought of for such frolicking!

Greyscale Territory said...

In the first photo, the snow looks as if it has been shredded with shadow! Intriguing! And love the "mists of time" in the second one!

Golden West said...

That's a lot of snow being shoveled! Love the tones of the last picture!

Sam said...

Goodness me! Would you just look at all that snow! Wow! I can't imagine it! Love that short of your children - they look so happy - it must be fun to play in it!

Happy New Year Ralph and I'm very much looking forward to keeping up with your shadow shots in 2010!

Jen said...

Happy 2010 to you Ralph. Great Snow Shadows!
I remember loving snow -- when I was a kid. :)

Hey Harriet said...

How sweet your little angels look in the snow. I hope I have an opportunity to enjoy some time in the snow one day! As for your second photo...oh wow! That's a whole lotta snow to shovel. Yikes!!!

32˙North said...

I love the old picture! It's 364 days older than me.

Jazzbumpa said...

Snow and shadows - two great sights that go great together.

Cheers!
JzB

Joops said...

Kids never get cold playing in the snow.

My shadow Shots, have a great weekend and a happy new year!

Dianne said...

I remember that storm!

love the tree shadows in the snow and the kids

BLOGitse said...

brrrrrrrrrrrr...

I remember why I like it here in Cairo -
NO SNOW! :)
The best thing in Egypt - the SUN! light...

Happy New Year Ralph!

frayedattheedge said...

Lovely photos! It's still snowing here - we haven't had this much snow for 20 years!! Still, we had great fun yesterday building our snowman!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

there's almost that much snow here this year - I wouldn't lie down in it though, these days...

JOE TODD said...

There may be snow but without the sun we wouldn't have the shadows. Enjoyable post. Stay warm..

maryt/theteach said...

Ralph, I think I have a couple of photos of that snowstorm in an album somewhere. Happy SSS! :)

Sylvia K said...

Sorry I'm so late getting here, Ralph. What great shadow shots! And that's a LOT of snow, but it looks as though everyone was having a great time -- well, except when it comes to having to shovel your way out!!! Wishing you much love and laughter, good health and a pocketful of coins for the new year! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A mountain of snow—
where will it go? Ah, nowhere
until the spring thaw.

Bring-on-the-Band Shadows!

foto CHIP *Birgitta* said...

Thanks for visiting! I always love your beautiful words and way of writing :)
Your shot is wonderful and I can see how your children enjoy this winterday in the snow.
All the best to you in 2010!

Tom Hilton said...

Great shadows...looks like a lot of fun, too.

Pagan Sphinx said...

You know, I remember that snow fall of '78! Great that you have old pictures you can put up. I'm not brave enough to tackle the scanner or maybe I'm just too busy or lazy or whatever!

I love the one of the kids looking so at home just laying on the snow. The shadows look comforting.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Those are both great shots! I of course especially love the vintage one;D
What I love about shadows on snow is that it is proof that it was a SUNNY winter day...which makes it all ok with me. The only part of winter that I hate is the sometimes seemingly endless gray skies that often acompany it...at least in this neck of the woods.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That WAS the best snowfall of them all - no school, and lots of people over because we had the heat in the neighborhood!
Cute picture of the kids - yes...to be young & fearless of the cold again!!
Happy New Year!
Karla & Karrie

Sweet Repose said...

All that snow reminds me of last year, you had no place else to put it, one 10 inch snowfall after the other. It hasn't been a bad winter so far this year...knock on wood...but boy is it gonna be cold this week, brrrrrr...

Mona said...

Looks great fun to be rolling in the snow. Beautiful shadows. I love the tones in your second one. It looks almost surreal.

Stine in Ontario said...

That sure was a lot of snow to shovel in the faded photo!

Bond said...

Happy New Year ... nice shadow shot indeed...

thorgun said...

Yes, like the shadows over your children and the snow, good light and clarity