Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Beauty In The Snow - Shadows


The March Slice of Life Challenge- 27 of 31
          Thanks to Ruth and Stacey, at Two Writing Teachers for all their work to facilitate this-  
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               I've made a new blogger connection in these past months and her name is Beverley.  She writes at Bunny's Girl, is doing the SOLS here, so you may know her.  When you visit her site, you will see that she's so creative.  She not only writes, now during the SOLS challenge, but also creates artist's cards, collages, and messes with something called 'cells'.  If you'll look at her past posts, occasionally you'll see that she participates in something called Shadow Shot Sunday.  I don't do that, but have loved seeing the photos that Beverley has shared.  
               It was a beautiful day yesterday, sunny two days after the snow.  Some bare ground, but mostly still snow covered.  I took a few photos to share too, and wrote a poem. Enjoy, and thanks to Beverley for the inspiration.

                                                                      Lingering

I like the way the shadows move,
and sit and watch the sun inform
from dawn until the eve
that which we should perceive.

In mornings our day stretches out
like pulling strands of yarn.
Then shadows disappear at noon.
We say “Oh no, too soon!”

In afternoon, the arc has moved.
Elongation is the goal.
Opposing morn; the lengthening slow.
Where do the shadows go?
















41 comments:

  1. Your shadows are gorgeous! You really should take part in SSS!
    Thank you so much for the lovely words. You warmed my heart (and cheeks!) - you have made my day for sure!
    The poem you wrote is so descriptive. Loved it!
    You are an inspiration to me - I always look forward to your poems and posts.

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    1. Thanks, Beverley, and you are very welcome! I always love seeing all that you do, too!

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  2. This is very cool; I am loving your photographic images. This is scientific enough that it connects well to Sara Holbrook's book, PRACTICAL POETRY. You might like it.

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  3. THis is so beautiful WHile the snow has gotten "old" at least for those of us yearning for spring, it's magestic beauty is captured in your photos and words. THanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Anita. It is really pretty, & now, going away, is good, too!

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  4. Love the poem and the photos. So beautiful!

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  5. Very cool Linda. I always love your poetry and when you put the words along side of it, it becomes something special. How about an illustrated picture book.

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    1. Thanks Deb. So many ideas to consider, & so little time, right?

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  6. gorgeous shots and poem. I love the idea I may have to use it as an inspiration for a writers workshop idea! It'll be fun to see what 1st graders come up with.
    Thank you Linda! Thank you too for always leaving such a great comments.

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    1. You're welcome, Tammy, & thanks to you too. It would be great fun to do something like this with first graders! I hope you do!

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  7. I love your shadow pictures. I am inspired to do the same even though we have no snow. Such beauty in the shadows. My favorite line in your poem is "In mornings our day stretches out
    like pulling strands of yarn." I can see this image of the shadows stretching.
    I am getting sad that our month is nearly over. I will miss all the connections. Thanks for all you do to encourage these connections.

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    1. Thanks for all, Margaret! I hope you plan to continue with Slicing on Tuesday, & of course, Poetry Friday!

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  8. Shadows have always intrigued me, but I have not been pleased with the results of my photos. I love the snow canvas. The trees and fences cast such beautiful lines. Of course your poem has beautiful lines too as you follow the shadow through the day.

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    1. It's hard to achieve those intense lines & the snow helped tremendously, Elsie. Thank you!

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  9. Beautiful poem! Loved the line about yarn.

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    1. Thanks Dana-it is like stretching, stretching...

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  10. Lovely, Linda. Will you participate in writing a poem a day in April? I have put your blog on mine as a favorite. Your kindness with me in helping me get started, your photography and your wondrous words all have made this experience a rich one for me.

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    1. Yes, I'm going to write every day, maybe share a poem, write one, Deb. I'm so busy I haven't made definite plans yet! Whew, what a month! Thanks for your support too. I've enjoyed reading your blog!

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  11. Don't you just love the undulating shadows on the snow's melty surface! Outstanding photos to go with your lovely poem!

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    1. Thanks, Donna. The snow is nearly gone today! I'm glad I went out when I did!

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  12. Lovely shots and poem, Linda. So creative!

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    1. Thank you! Are you doing something for poetry month?

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  13. Ooh, what a neat idea! Shadows are beautiful and fascinating, and you've found some great ones! I'd missed Beverly's posts (too many slicers to keep up with!), so thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Jennifer. I'm glad you like them. Beverley is sharing some great crafty art!

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  14. There are some amazing pictures here Linda! What a great idea! This would be fun to try out with some spring shots! Thanks for the neat idea!

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    1. Oh, hope you do try it out, Robin. It was fun, & a good thing I did. Our recent days of warm weather has taken most of it away (except for the big piles!). Thanks!

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  15. Gorgeous! I've had with shadows with the girls, but I love the look of the shadows in the photographs! Love this idea and will try it out with the girls too! However, we need a sunny day . . . it's been gray and cold. Hopefully in the next couple of days! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I just took a picture with Ingrid today of our shadows (she spent the day with me). We played with shadows for a while. We are lucky to have so much sun, I know. Hope you can do this with the girls, Michelle. Thanks!

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  16. Great shadows! I love looking at the images even though the snow is still there. Snow is always great for shadows.

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    1. Thanks Joanne. It does help them stand out spectacularly, doesn't it?

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  17. These are very fun shadow pictures. I took pictures of the sky today. It is fun to notice what is around us. Really enjoyed this.

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    1. Thanks Betsy. I hope you took the sky pics for us all! Looking forward to it!

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  18. Oh my, Linda, your photographs are beautiful, as well as the images in your poems. There are amazingly creative people participating in the SOLC. Thanks for bringing another one to my attention.

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    1. Hi Melanie, and thank you. This was a fun post to do.

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  19. It amazes me how when you include a photo to accompany the imagery in a poem, it acts as an amplifier. It is as if the visual images highlight just how stunning the written images are.

    This slice reminded me of the way shadows have always been the first thing I recognize as different when I move to a new house. I always enjoy getting used to new shadows, making new patterns on the wall at night.

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    1. Christy, you are so right. I have different lights coming in that I'm not used to at all, & the moon isn't in the 'right' place at all! Thanks for reminding about that difference. The funniest thing that happened in the first days was that I would get up from bed & walk the wrong way! I was used to this same way for years, & now it is different.

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  20. Your words are part of my slice: https://meanderingmaya.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/cento-31-of-31-no-words-of-mine-does-this-count��

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