Travel themes: Shadows

Today is Groundhog Day – a day dedicated to shadows and what oversized burrowing rodents think of them. (For the record, apparently the famous groundhog Punxsatawney Phil didn’t see his shadow today – it was cloudy in central Pennsylvania – so we’ve been promised an early spring. Yes, bright sunny weather means a long winter and clouds mean it should get warm early – Groundhog Day is nothing if not illogical. But that’s why we love it, right?)

Anyway, Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is “shadows”, and I have two fairly different shadow photos to share –

ShadowVeniceGrandCanalVenice under cloud shadows. Yes, there was a storm not long after I took this picture.

ShadowSnowFeb2010Depth11in28cm 021Self portrait, measuring how much snow one of our semiblizzards three years ago dumped on us – according to the ruler to the right of my shadow, this one left behind 11 inches (28 cm). (By the way, there aren’t any hills in my front yard – that big hump just beyond the ruler is the pile of snow that had been shoveled out of the way after earlier storms. We had a lot of snow in 2010.)

I suppose you could argue that the second photo doesn’t represent “travel”. But with the amount of snow we had at that point, getting that far past the front door – about twenty feet – was a demanding and perilous expedition.

8 responses to “Travel themes: Shadows

  1. Sounds as though you’ve been a lot of places.

  2. The USA is home for you but travel for me!

  3. all that snow…it does look wonderful to those of us who don’t experience it

    • Snow is pretty. I will never deny that snow looks pretty. But after you spend hours and hours picking it up a shovelful at a time and moving it to someplace less inconvenient, it loses its charm (especially in the kind of weather we had in 2010 and 2011, where after several big storms in a row I was throwing shovels of snow onto piles that were higher than my head). Ah well, we had basically no snow last year, and so far this winter it’s all been light enough to sweep away with a broom (though we’re promised a bigger storm tomorrow). Enjoy your summer weather! πŸ™‚

      • we heard about a big storm in America…it that one coming to you ? if so stay warm and cosy inside

      • Yep, although we’re on the southern edge of it – they say Boston (way north of us – oh, and on this side of the equator that means their climate is colder, not warmer πŸ™‚ ) will be hit hard. We had / have plans to go out with friends tonight…at this point whether we do or not is completely up in the air.

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