Light and shadow, a symbiotic relationship that Patti’s asking us to explore this week. Without light there is no shadow and I do love both light and shadow.

“The brightest flame casts the darkest shadow.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

The Visitors Center at Saguaro National Park is full of wonderful shadows and you know there’s lots of sun in Arizona to do the light part of creating shadows!

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Götz von Berlichinge

You can find shadows inside the house as well.

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides. ~Junichiro Tanizaki

Light and snow can create beautiful shadow images such as this one taken from a second story window in our home in Illinois.

“When you light a candle, you also cast a shadow.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin

And then there are more subtle shadows created by the combination of late spring light and vegetation.

But as attractive as shadows are in these instances, may your week be filled only with light and may the only shadows cast be those that are beautiful.

  1. restlessjo says:

    Thank you for the kind thought, Janet. I’m trying to keep the shadows at bay, though they do cast beautiful patterns on my world. Love that delicate capture of the deer. Have a good week, hon!

  2. Tish Farrell says:

    A fine set of light and shadow compositions, Janet. The deer is perfect, but the snow and fence shadows are arresting in a different way; the angle of the shot adds to the fascination.

    • I’m not sure why I took the snow shot at somewhat of an angle and I have others that are more “normal.” But it does make it more interesting.

  3. Sue says:

    Great set, Janet

  4. Alison says:

    Lovely photos Patti, the one of the deer is so peaceful looking

  5. bushboy says:

    Love the first one janet. Lucky to get the Deer 🙂

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Cool photos. Great quotes to go with. I like knowing that the shadow I cast is correlated to the amount of light I give.

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Oh I love your little deer Janet – so sweet! And your Arizona shadows are terrific.

    • There was a place in the park where I would approach cautiously because there were sometimes deer there. This was one of those days. There was also a fawn. Thank goodness for telephotos and being quiet. 🙂

      Because of the way they built the Visitors Center, it’s always has shadows like these and I can’t help but take photos of them. 🙂

  8. Leya says:

    A fine collection, Janet – love especially the first one. Amazing.

  9. JohnRH says:

    Grrrreat shadow patterns! Excellent.

  10. A lovely galary of photos Janet!

  11. Resa says:

    Fab shots, Janet.
    Thank you for the poetic wish at the end! I wish the same for you!

  12. pattimoed says:

    What a beautiful collection of light and shadow, Janet. Lovely! I also enjoyed your quotes and wishes for this week. It’s been a week full of shadows (a sick husband), but we’re now, hopefully, coming into the light again! Take care and enjoy the light and shadows!