Saturday, May 7, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Hedging

Shadow Shot Sunday arrives again courtesy of Tracy in Brisbane. This week on the calendar gives a true feeling of spring, and the shadows that result of the season. 

Those who remember the unusually snowy past winter up here know of our complaints of the frozen precip. So. lest we forget that the weather does change seasonally, I present the same scene (sort of) showing a seasonal comparison of winter vs. spring...

The results are stark!

The item in question is what we refer to as a pivoting hedge. lining the corner that is formed by the driveway and street in our neighborhood in the Ansonia Uplands.

When we moved here in 1991, the original was scrawny, even when full of leaves. The crabgrass competed for the ground moisture and won.

So, we added a weed block and covered it with mulch most years and it grew into its present state. It has grown so much, the visibility while backing out of the driveway onto the street can be a challenge...

Pictures (1) and (2) were taken on 5 May 2011, the leaves are filling out the shrubbery nicely on this day.

The bottom shot, seen in an earlier SSS, was take on 27 December 2010 after a 15 in/38 cm blizzard of furious winds and pelting snow.

After the complaining, we still knew that the bare branches and limbs would fill in in a few months. As is the custom in May up North, the days change to the nice ones we finally enjoy. 

See shadows from all seasons at the fun Hey Harriet!


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The hedge's shadows lead me right to that deep green grass, where I'd like to lie down for a little nap (if you don't mind!).

(With apologies to Mother Goose)

I had a little shadow
No bigger than my thumb;
I took him to the meadow
And there I gave him rum.

My drunken little shadow
Did weave and bob and pitch;
He stumbled from the meadow
And fell into a ditch!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Cloud Shadows

Sylvia K said...

Such an amazing difference!! Wow! Does make you appreciate the sun and, oh, I do!! Our temps aren't bad, but it's not what I'd call warm and we still have more gray than blue, but this is the northwest and I should be accustomed to it by now. Love you shadows for the day, Ralph, hope you have a great weekend!


Catherine said...

spring has arrived - how wonderful!

Gallery Juana said...

you really get the contrast of winter and spring when the snow is gone and all the greenery comes in!

our contrast on the west coast is more like grey skies vs. blue skies. lol

wishing you a good week.

MyMaracas said...

The shadows there change with the seasons as much as the shrubs do. They certainly seem healthy now, thanks to your TLC.

Kay L. Davies said...

Definitely a stark contrast, Ralph. Happy to see the greenery!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dianne said...

at the very bottom of the winter shot there is one lone holiday light peeking up
I love that!!

Dimple said...

A very nice contrast, thanks for the reminder!

Actually, although winter is definitely over, spring has bee mostly cold, wet, and grey. But it is slowly improving!

Thanks for the visit, it is always nice to see you among the commenters.

Paula Scott said...

Have you fired up your BBQ yet? It is nice to know that the dreary winter and bitter cold does yield to the warmth of spring and summer.

Anonymous said...

The bottom shot brings back some bad memories, but the top shots melt them away.

Greyscale Territory said...

Great contrast of atmosphere and colour! Terrific shots!

Ms. Becky said...

oh, it was a rough winter, was it not? but those snowy days are a distant memory now. your hedge has grown into a healthy looking border. the green is gorgeous. happy SSS, and I hope you have a really great week Ralph.

chubskulit said...

They say white is for purity but I would prefer green scenery over white lol.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Wow, the difference between the seasons is so huge where you live. I just love the green of the shrubbery and the shadows.

Happy and warm Spring week ahead Ralph. Must be so nice to have nice weather.

A Wild Thing@Sweet Repose said...

Boy, you sure put a shiver in me timbers this Sunday easy to forget ol' man Winter's wrath on such beautiful Spring mornings as today...hope you have sun in yer neck o the woods today...enjoy it to the max, I know I will!!!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I'll take the rich greeness on top of pelting snows any day of the week!!!!

Sand Shadows and Seaweed

Above is my link to today's post, if you care to join me. Happy Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Love the green. :)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Ralph I sense another gardener's heart : ) Thank you so much for your very sweet comments on my garden side : ) and we northerners truly appreciate the seasons since they are so completely different .. that leap back into "green" makes our hearts leap as well .. nothing like a long cold winter to make us appreciate Spring and summer and what our plants can do coming back to life!
Joy : )

forgetmenot said...

Thanks, Ralph, for your nice comments on my little angel of a granddaughter. I'm glad it is finally warming up around the country. I do have to admit I love all the seasons and truly appreciate the beauty of each. But, I AM glad to see Spring arrive!! Have a nice week and enjoy the "better" weather that is coming your way. Mickie :)

Jeri ~ said...

Nothing beats the spring-time green!

Martha Z said...

Though the shadows of the leafed out shrub are not as interesting, the greening of the world brings greater joy.

EG Wow said...

t it grand to see the North greening up? Gotta love spring after a long winter. :)

Beverley Baird said...

Great to see the contrast! Love the shadows in both shots! have a wonderful week!