The changing exposures in the heavens add a different set of character depending on the time of day. Naturally, the shadows are altered as well.
So for Tracy's excellent Shadow Shot Sunday, I look at a grand structure at two points in time on the same day, as done recently. The change can be dramatic.
The day was in March 2009 as I was rolling along the promenade that leads to the Connecticut state Capitol building in Hartford. It was a brilliant day with sun and blue - although it was a cold morning 28°F (-2 °C) with a stout wind all day - check the blue state flag at both times as they are unfurled in the late winter breeze.
The 9:00 AM shadow (above) adds a depth of shadow to the capitol that eliminates any sheen from the marble exterior. As well as the gold dome looks as if the light switch were turned off.
About 1:40 in the afternoon, the look is transformed as the southern sun adds a brilliant luster to the view. And now the gold dome is now beautifully alight. The transformation is complete...
The building is in a Victorian Gothic style. Construction began in 1871, and it was opened for the General Assembly in January 1879. The interior is equally beautiful, with marble and columns that are stunning. Shadows add a changing artistry to many things.