Saturday, April 17, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Classic Shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives with us participants seeking the shadowy world so to speak...

Today we are looking at wheelchair height at the Ansonia (CT) Public Library in the town in which we reside. This lovely building, clad in Longmeadow redstone was designed by noted architect George Keller, and was completed in 1892.

Patti and I went meme hunting on a nice day. The classic style of this building under a sunny sky leaves a shadow that Is nicely pronounced on the angular tower and pyramid roof.
Visit Hey Harriet for many shadowy artists and their capture of shadowy environs! The building has a wheelchair ramp, so I am only able to enter the first floor. However, the staff is so accommodating and will happily fetch any book I am looking for.

44 comments:

Tom Hilton said...

What a classic library--just like the one I remember from my childhood back East. Cool shadows, too.

Sylvia K said...

A classic indeed, I love it! Libraries are among my favorite places anyway and this one is so beautiful!! Love your shadow shots, Ralph! Hope you have a great weekend!

Sylvia

sarayutouched said...

classic was my word today too for your shadow shot.

happy sss ralph...enjoy your weekend.

Catherine said...

love that trough shadow - cool shot

Rajesh said...

Very lovely shadow shots.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

What time did you say?
I waited till two o’clock,
but you went away…

Orphaned truck shadows

frayedattheedge said...

A lovely bit of history in you shadows!

fredamans said...

I especially like the bottom photo. If you look closely, you can see shadows against the beautiful wall of the church, as well as your subject in front.

Fantastic shot!!

Have a lovely weekend!!

Sweet Repose said...

Love the classic architecture...sadly they tore down our beautiful red sandstone library back in the 70's...you should see the piece of work they built in it's stead...GROSS!!!

Have a wonderful sunny day!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

That's awesome.

So nice to have classis libraries around the country, isn't it? I missed visiting them.

I was really amazed of your crispy shadow shot today. That white rock gave you a grayish shadow? Hmmm... §;-)

Enjoy your week-end bro? Sowee not to visit you last week. So busy!

hugs to both.

Americana Lady @Americana By Candlelight said...

I agree with you, they do not make buildings like this anymore. What a treasure to have it as your library? Have you see any horses come to the trough-so cool! This looks like a historical place that you live. I miss the beauty of the time... Thanks for coming to visit my first shadow post, I appreciate it! Joan

tinasphotoblog said...

Great shadows from the buidings! :)

Carin said...

Hi Ralph,

That trough for horses is mighty impressive! You made me imagine the day horses were "parked" there while browsing inside. That historical library looks like a mighty good place to roam around and discover very interesting books!

Great shadows too, looks like you had a nice day!

Carin said...

Hi Ralph,

Here I am again. Thanks for your kind words over our country! I would love to visit your country one day as I know there are many beautiful places to visit! Oh yes your country is much bigger and you must drive much more to get somewhere. Buren, is not next door to where we live either. We had to drive about 100 km to get there. Bikes go with us on the back of the car and off we go! The day was just right to cycle around! and on days like this a coffee at a small outside cafe is sublime fun!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a great library, it looks like a lovely place to hang out.

Beverley Baird said...

Great shadows. Looks like a very lovely library. One of the best places to go!
Take care.

Laura Hegfield said...

wonderful shadows Ralph!

Hot Fudge said...

What a beautiful library you have Ralph - may it stay forever.

The first library I belonged to was in the middle of the city in Sydney. My mother took me and my older brother to join when I was about 4 years old. The library has long gone, but thankfully the building was saved from demolition in the Seventies and is now a mecca of shopping - the Queen Victoria Building. It's hard to believe that some quarters wanted it torn down and an ugly modern structure built in its place. Thank goodness sanity prevailed.

Greyscale Territory said...

Lovely redstone clock tower! Impressive with the hints of shadow behind! And that horse trough looks so huge and solid!

judi said...

the horse trough, hum if it was in front of the churches, hum, baptismal font? :o)
casts a great shadow and I'm thinking without all the surrounding pavement and stop signs... It must have been an awesome place.

Sam said...

Great shadows! I love visiting a town I've not been to! How charming is your town here! It looks old - it's probably older than Sydney! ...and the name of that stone - Longmeadow redstone - it really is red and wonderful with the grey blue roof.

MyMaracas said...

That's a great building, and I'll bet it makes a great library. I wish they still built things with that degree of craftsmanship. You found some nice shadows there!

Dimple said...

Neat building, great shadows, and wonderful trough!
I imagine it would be very difficult to make the upper floors of this old building wheelchair accessible...but it is wonderful that the staff is so helpful. Libraries are great places.

EG Wow said...

Neat shadows, Ralph. We haven't had a lot of sun lately so I am jealous of your shadows!

chubskulit said...

We had rain two days in a row now Ralph and it's crazy, great shots by the way!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I like how you stop and think about things in different ways..I like to ponder on what might have happened. You just verbalize it a lot better than I do..thank you for visiting my lilacs today Ralph...Michelle

Hey Harriet said...

You do reside in a beautiful place! It is funny to imagine horses parked outside while browsing for books. Or horses parked outside grocery stores while shopping... Such a different way of life back then. You're lucky that your local council(?) appreciates the importance of the history of the place and maintains those treasures from the past. That sadly hasn't always been the case in Brisbane :( Great shots Ralph!

BLOGitse said...

Like back in history in your pics...

Happy SSS!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely library and how nice to be able to leave your horse to drink outside while browsing for books!

Pam said...

Ralph, thanks for a glimpse of days gone by when architecture and design had beauty and imagination. I especially like the horse trough, it takes us back in time and makes a lovely shadow :)
Thank you for the view from your perspective, I too like to learn something new.
Seize the day and be glad in it...

Manang Kim said...

Wow I like that tower. It looks like rustic but it is classy looking building. Happy Sunday!

Antzy

Sarah said...

Lovely old buildings-I like the horse trough. Funnily enough I noticed one of those near here the other day-not the same construction but the same purpose and I thought roughly the same as you as I was driving past in my car!

Gunsside said...

Nice shadows from the buidings,
looks like a beautiful place !
This sunday I show a castle ;)

wanderlust said...

Looks like a lovely, historic neighborhood!

Paz said...

lovely photos. nice building. it's nice they are helpful in the library.

paz

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Love that clock tower! Nice shadow shots!!

rtfgvb7827 said...

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Linda said...

The architecture reminds me of several buildings that we have here in Norwich - particularly several on Amanda's high campus at Norwich Free Academy as well as a Congregational Church across the street. Come to think of it, it's like the buildings at Mount Holyoke College, too!

Jim said...

Going to miss you for RT, Ralph.
I do hope you are okay. Probably you wore yourself out trying to answer all 38 of your comments here!

I do have some vehicles on my RT post today but they aren't old Chevy's. :) Or even cars.
..

LDH said...

The word classic has been repeated in many comments and that was just what I was thinking too. Very nice shots and an interesting post!

Kitchenmaus (Gizelle) said...

interesting meme, never took part yet but I love what you shared...

Dianne said...

miss you on RT
came by to say hi and that I hope all is well

Paula Scott said...

It is a bit sad that things made today lack the sense of art and that someone cared when they made it. So much for mass production, huh?

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

I promise I will not shoot the sun - just make some opening through the ash ;)