Saturday, March 26, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Watering the Spring Flowers


Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted by Brisbane artist Tracy, arrives in the midst of the shift to Spring in the northern climes. We look for more warmth, sun and the feeling that the gardens will soon need tending.

Of course, on the night of 25 March, the temperatures were to fall to 22°F (-5°C). That is not a springtime temperature!

Okay, our imaginations alone will have to compensate. Perhaps we can go back in time, perhaps 20 years ago to (later) Spring 1991 on our patio in the Ansonia Uplands. Two-year old Allegra is tending to the potted flowering plant, water a large part of its care and feeding, No doubt the daughter learned about tending flora from Mom, and the lessons were well learned.

The scanned old print has not aged well, the colors fading and amiss. Yet, although the photo has degraded in quality, our memories have not! See shadowy captures and memories at the always fun Hey Harriet!



24 comments:

sarayutouched said...

great memeories ralph. i agree with you on the temperatures...definitely not what i think of as "spring" temps.

soon. very soon.

Martha Z said...

Not much sunshine this week in California, either.
Don't we wish we had had fade-proof digital when our kids were young. Some of my shots of them (other than the B&W) are so faded they are almost worthless.

Sylvia K said...

No sunshine in Seattle, but at least it's in the upper 30s --- STILL!!! Where and when is Spring! Love you shadow shot though, Ralph, as always! What a cute little gardener you had back then! Hope you get some warmer weather soon!! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I gather, Ralph, that this is a hopeful shot from the past: You hope that it will soon be warm enough for Allegra (or someone) to water flowers again! :-)

WONDERING WHY

Said Shadow, “I do wonder why,
When there is no sun in the sky,
I must disappear;
I’d like to stay here
And never again say good-bye!”


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Aztec Altar

Cassie said...

That Allegra was a cutie patootie! I really enjoy seeing the archived photos. Happy SSS!

frayedattheedge said...

I have to say it again - she is as pretty as her name!!

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

How cute and she has learnt to take good care of the flowers :)

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

I never tire of looking at the old photos of my daughter, lest I never forget what a sweet child she was and what a beautiful daughter she is at 43...lucky aren't we!!!

MyMaracas said...

What a cutie, and what a lovely memory. It reminds me of days when I watered the garden for my grandmother.

Paula Scott said...

Great memory, great shot! Colors can easily be restored these days with photo software-that's the beauty of it all and further enhances such wonderful memories.

EG Wow said...

Sweet photos of Allegra, Ralph! Does she still like to help in the garden??

Beverley Baird said...

What a lovely memory to have when your children were so young! A great shadow shot!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What a great memories...

Never think that this old pix can make us happy, huh? Gorgeous lil one.

Hope your in the best of everything together w/ your loveones.

Happy SSS & EArth Hour, soon...

x0x0
/chie

chubskulit said...

Oh how lovely, I bet they have so many baby photos to look back to.

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

What a sweetie pie - love watching little people helping out and trying to be like mom or day...so big! What a great memory Ralph!
Yes, we are hoping our Sprite is indeed letting us know that spring...the warm spring, will be on it's way soon :) guess we'll just have to hang in there!

Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA said...

Yes, sometimes those old photos do indeed have colors "faded and amiss." Great phrase. And so hard to fix in photoshop. I've never been able to lose that amiss color look. Lovely shot and thought as well. And sorry about your cold temps!

Hey Harriet said...

That's such a sweet old photo. I cannot believe how cold it still is for you guys! Wow! You'll certainly appreciate that warm weather when it does finally arrive. Fingers crossed it arrives soon :)

Serendipity said...

That's a lovely picture Ralph! I hope it warms up for you soon!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Allegra is a doll!!! Loved this photo.

Your comments are always welcomed as is your company!! Have a great Sunday!

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Miss Becky said...

don't despair Ralph - our temps here in southern Wisconsin are 25 degrees below normal for this time of year. that's what the weatherperson said last night. but I really didn't need him to tell me that, I can feel it. at least the robins are plentiful and the days getting longer. we can claim a few signs that spring is approaching at least. thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your insightful comments. I appreciate it very much. happy SSS Ralph, and I hope you have a grand day.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Aww...how sweet! Yes, this spring is a lesson in patients here too :(

fredamans said...

Beautiful shot of your little helper and the shadows cast!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2011/03/shadow-shot_26.html

Jeri ~ said...

Such a cute shadow shot!

Angie said...

How I wish I could send some of our hot weather to you!! Nice to see you popping by my blog - thanks for the memory.