Saturday, October 29, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday - Shadowy Statuary


Derby, CT - Town Green
Seymour, CT - French Memorial Park



Shadow Shot Sunday arrives courtesy of Tracy Brisbane. Spring may be down under, although we are awaiting snow tonight - snow is a dumb idea in October in southern Connecticut. We are not the Great White North here...

However, shadows are the theme so I revert to the summer and its sights. These statues are in two nearby towns, and represent this Pennsylvania battle America July 1-3 1863. Much has been written of the battle, and we agree that a civil war needs to be avoided at all costs. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is an eloquent two-minute, 221 word speech that alludes to this (if only today's politicians could be as brief as this...)

That said, we see on the left the statue in Derby, south of Ansonia, and in Seymour, to the north. Both are somber with the soldiers (in Union uniform) looking the same. Each offers an artistry that accepts light and shadow equally and ought to make us think...See shadows from all over at her meme Hey Harriet

24 comments:

sarayutouched said...

i wonder what our forefather's would think of their country today. progress? soft, subtle shadow shots...nice addition for the day ralph.

Cassie said...

When I get back east I'll have to check out your area. I love the old statues. Great detail and character. Fine ShadowShots! Have a good weekend...Our news here makes it sound like you guys are going to get hit with some major weather challenges this weekend.

Sylvia K said...

I, too, wonder what our forefather's would think of their country today??? Terrific shadow shot for the day as always, Ralph! I don't envy you your weekend weather, that's for sure! Stay warm and safe!

Sylvia

MyMaracas said...

If only we had leaders today of the caliber of Lincoln.

Beautiful and thought-provoking shots this week, Ralph. I hope you don't get too much snow.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'll be watching for shadow-on-snow shots next week, Ralph! (I'm sure you'd rather have sugar on snow--or no snow at all!)

SHADOW SHOW

Shadows creeping through the land,
Shadows dark on every hand—
If they should begin to glow,
You had better run, you know!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadows here and here

Riet said...

GReat shadow shots. LOve the statues.

Sarah said...

Noble statues, and interesting to see two representations of the same event, slightly different but both striking.

Ms. Becky said...

so you're in the path of that snowstorm hey? well, if nothing else, you'll get some good snow shots! your statues are fine - they don't make statues like that anymore, they lean more towards the abstract. great shots for the day Ralph. happy weekend to you, and try to enjoy your weather!

Kay L. Davies said...

Dare I say "statuesque shadows", Ralph?
I hope you manage to avoid the snow. I can imagine it isn't much fun for you.

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

Gemma Wiseman said...

Similar inmpressive pose in the figures, but the embellishment of the "pedestals" adds a sense of uniqueness to these memorials! Lovely deep shadows ensure the dignity and importance of these icons!

Genie said...

These statues make me think of Richmond and here in Lexington. We have lots of them here...Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson to name a couple. I love the history behind all of them. They just seem to pop up everywhere. This part of CT must be filled with all kinds of history. Nice shots to make me want to learn more. genie

Sam said...

Oh! Snap! :0) I've got a statue too this week - how's that for coincedence? Yours are very, very historic and important though and probably a lot older than the one I've put up. Very good shots.

I can't believe you are getting snow this evening! So early!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Crazy weather...already! Love the statues Ralph, and with the talk of snow, I can say that I'm really glad that we don't live back in their day, especially when it comes to dealing with the fridged temps we have!

Paula Scott said...

Yes, that snow came through our state too and my two guys went up to Colorado to go skiing today (4 hour drive). I agree-snow before Halloween is a bit extreme.

Cildemer said...

Great statues! My favourite is the second one!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful shots;o)

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Hope you are having a wonderful weekend****

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Dear Ralph .. how true is this .. they are both human beings under what ever uniform they wear .. why is it that mankind keeps doing the same thing over and over again ? I think it is time that the women get a shot at taking care of the world ?
Joy

BLOGitse said...

Snow over there?! Oh boy! Here in Helsinki we've had a long and warm autumn and not rain as much as 'normally' - most of the trees look naked but but still quite warm (46.6 F).
In Lapland it's snowing but not much temp 35,6 F (daytime).
Happy Sunday!

Dianne said...

the light on the statue in Derby is so pretty Ralph

stay warm

Kelly said...

Such a tragic time in our nation's history! I've never been to Gettysburg - or any of the major Civil War battlefields.

Hope you aren't buried under a foot of snow with no power today!! I'm NOT a cold weather person so I'm glad I'm here in the semi-cold South.

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice old statues

bj said...

I adore olden statues like this....
do they even make them anymore?
Great shots, Ralph.

Ya'll stay warm .....

frayedattheedge said...

Excellent shadow shots. Hope the snow passed you by!!

Chubby N Chieque said...

SNOW--- ALREADY? C´mon am not ready yet!

Darn... sunny days are soon to end. But in a way, we always coped up and managed the snow, year in & year out. I know we do this year again.

But looking at your photos don't have any sign for the winter.

Happy Sunday, Bro! and hope you enjoy your w/end.

Hugs to both you & Pattie.
/chie

chubskulit said...

We had a soft flurry of snow yesterday too. I hope that there would be no civil war.