Saturday, September 24, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Beyond Autumn

Shadow Shot Sunday, by Tracy in Brisbane, accents any season quite well...

Happily, in Oz and NZ, it is now Spring. It matters not in the climate is temperate or four-season, the end of Winter invigorates us, with new flora and longer days.

Of course, the change to Spring down under means that it is now Autumn in Southern New England - which has its charms especially early on. In fact, it is warm and humid today.

The choices for this SSS do not hint of Autumn. The end of Summer does not mean a cold snap now...

So I am not anticipating the blunt hammer of frozen precipitation. 

Yet for us, the snowy  winter was abnormal in accumulation - the latest winter season got old, and quickly with three snowy blizzards and a massive ice storm. We may not in a precursor to this yet. However, cooler temps and shorter days are now the rule. 

The elegant Patti captured these nice views of the morning-after-the third major snow of 27 January.

I have written before of the beauty of the newest snow and crisp, clean air. 

And shadows abound, as the storm front has departed last night and the long southerly sun leaves very pleasing effects from the trees to the houses to the vehicles.

It looks cold, and wheelchairs and snow make for an unholy mix. But on such a day, the shadows are celebrated. 

In fact, we were tired of the many snowy occasions - so the artistry of shadows were the sole redeeming factor of the weather...Not to worry about these sights, tomorrow it will be a rainy 74° (25°C).

See seasonal shadowy sights at the always delightful Hey Harriet!


forgetmenot said...

After a long, hot summer here in Kansas, the snow and ice actually looks quite refreshing. I'm looking forward to Fall and then the lovely snows of Winter. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

Paula Scott said...

Not ready to see snow!!! true that the snow and ice is most certainly an unholy mix for a wheelchair-as are racks crammed too closely in retail stores.
Those are beautiful shots that Patti took.

Dianne said...

considering the rains, hurricanes and tiny earthquake of this summer I shudder to think what this winter will bring

those are some mighty icicles you got there!!

bj said...

That's a lot of snow. Out here in this dry West Texas, we are praying for more rain and for a wet winter. Last year, we had not one single rain nor snow, other than a few flurries.
This has been a mighty strange year, weather wise.
I love your snow and shadows...perfect for SSS.

sarayutouched said...

i hope you don't mind...but i will be dragging my feet...holding on to the last bit of fall. today is beautiful great sunshine!!

happy sss ralph.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Brrrrrrrrrrr. I'm not one for wintry weather like that. I'd much prefer the balmy Autumn-like winters we have here in coastal Texas.

But love the icicles photo!!!

My Link: Backyard Shadow

Have a terrific weekend.

Sylvia K said...

We had such a brief summer this year and I'm reluctant to see Fall arriving -- let alone winter, even though most of ours are quite mild. We have had a few really snowy ones -- no idea what this year will bring??? Love your snowy shadow shots for the day, Ralph, and those are enormous icicles!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!


Patti said...

thanks all ~ I like the icicle photo too ;-)

I am not looking forward to snow just yet..ready for some fall foliage though!

Cassie said...

Brrrrr. Very cool ShadowShots! Love the snow,but perhaps it's more romantic since I get to flee to Arizona once it starts covering our Idaho landscape. We're having our (last?) warm spell before Fall makes herself known. I guess you've just reminded me to get my bulbs in the ground this weekend. BTW, this line really hit the nail on the head: the blunt hammer of frozen precipitation. (had to!) Happy SSS to you and the lovely Patti.

Anonymous said...

I got a shock when I saw the snow - but of course I then realised that they were archive photos!! We are supposed to have good weather next week - fingers crossed, as we are tired of the rain!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

You caught me off guard with the snow photos, Ralph, but after I got all hot and bothered, I cooled down right away! :-)


Shadow bold and shadow bright,
Shadow with me day and night,
Shadow taller than a tree,
Tell me what you think of me!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Desert shadows here and here

Kay L. Davies said...

Forecast says 34C (that's 93F) here today, Ralph, so your snow looks as refreshing as ice cream.
That reminds me, I'd better go move my sprinkler.
Beautiful photos, please thank Patti.
— K

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

Sam said...

These are so beautiful! I know it must be a bit uncomfortably cold when this snow is being laid down but it's so gorgeous to look at! In Sydney here it's been raining like there's no tomorrow (spring rain?) but I'm rather glad as I'm not looking forward to summer at all as it is usually unbearably hot and humid.

LV said...

These are great winter shots. I trust we do not get anything to compare to that.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

I love your winter shadows, and never tire of them. I guess it would be different if we experienced snowstorms here in Auckland.Still, it does look very cold.

chubskulit said...

Snows and shadows are a perfect combination. Love that first and third shot Ralph!

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Beautiful photos.

Regards and best wishes for you and Patti

Sarah said...

Beautiful shadows from Patti! No matter the inconvenience of snow, I can't help loving it and still feeling that child like excitement when it begins.

Jeanne said...

I often wondered if you called the months Sept, Oct and Nov Autumn or Spring!

Here where I am happily now living in Florida, we still call it Autumn, although nothing is dying and Winter will not be frozen and dead. Winter will be full of new plants growing and flourishing. Spring is the waning and disappearance of the new fruit like Strawberries and gardens and when summer arrives it is so hot everything dies and just new growth on native cactus, palms & such. Too hot to grow anything food wise!

You have it right renaming the seasons for the months of the year, but is it confusing when reading books & watching movies?

Kelly said...

Great shadows, but they make me cold!! I'm a warm weather person! Brrr!

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello there dear Ralph : )
It is warm and sticky here in the Great White North too ! LOL
So it is very refreshing to see some beautiful white snow scapes .. I know I won't be saying that once we are in the dead of winter and cabin crazy time .. but for now .. phew ! this is NICE : )

Fotografaire said...

Your photos are stunning, Ralph.

I look forward to the cool and cold weather.

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