Sunday, January 23, 2011

Tree Shadows

Shadow Shot Sunday
January 23, 2011

I haven’t participated in Shadow Shot Sunday for quite some time. Seems like I’ve been busy and when I finally get around to thinking about it, it’s Monday in OZ! Well, it probably still is closer to Monday than it is Sunday in Australia, but it’s very early in the morning on Sunday where I am, so I’m going for it.
Today I have a photo from a recent weekend sojourn on my way up to Lake Superior. It had snowed the night before this photo was taken and the snow was crisp and white. Ni was rounding a curve on a less traveled County Road in Douglas County, Wisconsin. County Road A.
A friend of mine loves trains. I thought of her when I pulled over to take the shot, but I also noticed the shadows from the morning Winter sun. That sun is low in the sky around here this time of year, that’s why it’s so hot and humid in Hey Harriet land and so cold here.
By the way, visit the Hey Harriet Blog and see many more great examples of the shadow shot as well as some guidelines in the event you’d like to participate. 

The train was sitting on the siding. It had been there a while, as when I crossed the tracks a few moments earlier, I saw the fresh snow from last nights mini storm still on the tracks. I thought how mysterious that the train cars would be filled with logs cut from the surrounding forest, and while it sits, the shadows of the trees, probably their tree brothers and sisters,  seem to be coming up the embankment of the tracks to ‘visit’. Maybe the train has stopped at the funeral parlor for trees and this is the visitation. At least this is what I imaginned for a spell.

Take care and be well, all of you.



Mel said...


Of course I love it bunches.

I thought the same thing--and it's an awesome shot. The shadows seem to be paying homeage to their fallen brothers. Very cool.

And it's so cool to be thought of during your sojourns.
Which is why you always need to tote that camera with ya. LOL

A Wild Thing said...

Hello old friend...I'm always so saddened to see truck loads of old growth logs heading toward the saw mill up the road from my house, where many huge old trees await to be dissected and shipped to foreign lands...such is progress and the lure of big bucks...I saw a sign down the road from me at Lake Odessa that read, "keep neighboring state loggers out of my woodlands"...I thought, how sad, that you would go to your neighbor and cut down his trees...

Hope you're staying warm up there, I'm dreading my next heating bill, gas is $3.08 here now, I don't take as many road trips with the dog these days, though I'd love to, but winter sales are slow to come by, so I'll wait for spring...then splurge!!!

Stay warm and cozy on your frozen tundra...and dream of spring!


Lisa's RetroStyle said...

Crisp, clean and cold...neat shot!

english inukshuk said...



Rimkogeren said...

Your picture is beautiful. A wonderful mood :-)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Joe I hardly know what to say with such deep thoughts about the spirits in the woods and on the rail cars as the wood speaks to each other .. the shadows are perfect against that clear blue sky. But you have me thinking about the forest standing proud and the forest laying down efeated on rail way cars .. sad.
PS .. thank goodness my reindeer socks cheer me up! ;-)

CanadianGardenJoy said...

PPSS .. there is a "d" missing in "d"efeated and needs to be recognized ? LOL
PPPSSS .. maybe reindeer socks make you spell incorrectly or leave letters out of words .. I'll have to have a talk with the socks!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

That funeral parlor have a vivid imagination!

Shadows Here and Shadows

Dimple said...

I wonder where those logs are bound...sawmill, pulp mill, other?
One of the best things about wood is that it's a renewable resource. Properly managed, a woodland will provide building material, paper, medicine, oxygen, soil nutrients, and heat (to name a few benefits) for generations.
Great shot!

Anonymous said...

Made me smile.
Great shadow shot and story.

Unknown said...

Hello, Joey Spado! Nice to hear from you on the inter-tubes! Nice shadow shot on the snow. We're beginning to wonder here in NE how we are ever going to get out from under it all! It feels like decades since we've seen this kind of weather. I wish it was a sure sign that there is no such thing as Global Warming, but I am not kidding myself.

Keep packing your camera and take care on the trail!

Peace to you and yours,

Unknown said...

P.S. come by The Pagan Sphinx for some music and a post on Stieglitz's photos of Georgia O'Keeffe, if you have the time!

Hey Harriet said...

I really love this photo, and what makes it all the more special is the description you've provided and your wonderful imagination! "Tree brothers and sisters" - I love it!

Great to see you joining in SSS again and I hope you have a great week :)

susan said...

It's a very nice image and a very poetic thought. I often think the animists of our pre-religious times had it right about respecting each part of nature and taking only that which was freely given.

Be safe on your travels and God speed you to warmer climes for a while.

Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio said...

That train looks more like a wall than a train! It looks like it had lots of neat patterns and textures going across it from it's cargo.
What a beautiful day that was!

Anonymous said...

Cool post – in every sense. You do have quite an imagination.

All the best, Boonie

Spadoman said...

Thank you all for visiting my place here. I appreciate it.


EG CameraGirl said...

Love these shadows in the snow!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love your thoughts on the shadows greeting the train! Very romantic but sad! An interesting photo!