Saturday, July 17, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Traveling

The world of shadows know no bounds, showing up in unexpected places, and ways too. 


So for Shadow Shot Sunday, this old print, seen before, captured my shadowy imagination. 


It is ten years ago on the Henry Hudson Parkway approach to the beautiful George Washington Bridge (GWB) across the Hudson River to New Jersey, opened in 1931. Two things stand out: a stuffed bear enjoying the view and the horizontal appearing shadow that is actually a windshield (windscreen?) wiper - that is the unexpected shadow taken by then co-pilot Cameron... 






Earlier on the same drive to Pennsylvania, we entered the tree lined border to New York along the picturesque Hutchinson River Parkway. 


A pretty road that is of an old and quite poor design. However on a Sunday morning without the hordes of commuters, it really is a nice drive. Plenty of trees to cast shadows across the four lanes.

The aforementioned bear, named Henry, is more easily spotted here.












Later that same trip, this was captured by the co-pilot of that day, the lovely Patti. 


I am curious about the effects that are climbing diagonally on the windscreen. Are they shadows? Perhaps reflections? either/or maybe neither/nor.


I do like the way they appear on the print. I wonder what the bear thought?


See the artistry of the shadowy world at Hey Harriet!

26 comments:

sarayutouched said...

i love unexpected surprises then you upload your photos...you always have the best road shot/shadows.

happy sss.

Linda said...

I think those last ones are actually reflections from the dashboard but either way, they look pretty darned cool!

I'm going to be driving down to Baltimore later this month to take Amanda to a conference, perhaps I can get her to take some passenger side pictures along the way though I'm sure they won't be nearly anywhere as nice as those of your co-pilots!

Gallery Juana said...

I like how Henry knows where the best seat and view is:)

I always enjoy your family trip photos. They bring back fond memories of how my family would pile into our little VW bug to take a road trip.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shadow shots for the day, Ralph, and I love Henry! And you do indeed always have the best road shadows! Hope you're enjoying a lovely weekend with lots of sun and shadows!

Sylvia

fredamans said...

That first one really is impressive to me. I love the strong bridge background and the dancing of shadows in the road on route. Well done for the theme!

BLOGitse said...

Nice to travel with you (and Patti) again, thanks! :)

I have moved to WordPress!
I hope to see you there.
Next week I'll be back on track and post a 'normal' SSS post.

Sunny greetings from Casa!
BLOGitsePHOTOS

Rosebud Collection said...

Great shadows, as usual..What a great trip too.."Two birds with one stone"..Now that is luck.
Happy SSS.

frayedattheedge said...

A lovely collection of shadow shots, with obviously a good driver to allow his photographer to take such good shots (Malcolm frequently seems to find a bump in the road just as I click!!)

allhorsestuff said...

You and Henry..taking in the unexpected views..sometimes seen after the fact!
Thanks always for your sincere words at my place too!
KK

Dimple said...

Nice shots Ralph. I like the first one best as a photograph, but the last is more interesting intellectually: I like puzzles! I think the diagonals are possible Henry-cast shadows in the reflection of the dashboard!

Thanks for coming by!

Carin said...

Hi Ralph, I spotted the bear, love the tour you took us on and wish I could make it real life one day!

BTW never even noted those paver blocks until you mentioned them. LOL
Even had a heavy bag with shopping on my shoulder! So no, those paver blocks are not rough on the rider!

Birgitta "foto CHIP" said...

I find it interesting with the sharp shadows and the soft background in the the first photo :) It is a very creative composition for SSS :)

http://foto.rudenius.se/post/2010/07/18/Shadow-Shot-Sunday.aspx

Sarah said...

It is fun to look back on old photos and remember great times. I like the bear shadow in the first one. In my ignorance I thought at first that it was the San Francisco bridge.
My brother took a small stuffed moose on his recent travels and Moose appears in many of his photos!

EG Wow said...

Tee hee! I LOVE the bear in the window. :)))

What did the bear think? He thought he was having a great time, and why not?! He had the best seat in the car.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

We're sure the bear loved it as much as we did! Funny how you look at old pictures in a new light(er,shadow!)
Very close on your guess! It's a 66 Chrysler Newport, and lots of fun to cruise around in!
Karla & Karrie

chubskulit said...

The bridge photos is gorgeous!

Greyscale Territory said...

A great collection of drive shadows! Love the fact you have included road signs! It gives us a feel for where you are going!

Arija said...

Great to go on a fun road trip. It always opens our eyes to things different and/or quirky that we may also have where we are, just don't notice any more.
Love your collection of memories.

Hey Harriet said...

That was a fun roadtrip. I think I enjoyed it as much as that lucky bear! What wonderful shadowy finds from the archives. Hope you have a great week Ralph :)

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Nice shadows once again, that bear looks to me like he has the best spot in the car.

I love the second shot.

Crafty Green Poet said...

that first photo is particularly nice, lovely deep shadows and a wonderful sky

jabblog said...

Very interesting shadows - it's amazing where they crop up, isn't it? I hope Henry Bear is still accompanying you on your travels.

Patti said...

That was indeed a fun trip, Ralphie. Henry is such a good traveling companion.

Dianne said...

you have a very artisitic windshield :)

I love the GWB. Such a pretty bridge and the approach to it always makes me sigh and smile.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Love the bridge photo:)

Barbara and Nancy said...

Thanks for the trips with Henry, Cameron and Patti. I enjoyed the ride, and the fun shadows!
Barbara