June 12, 2011
Shadow Shot Sunday is a blog meme started by Tracy who hails from Queensland, Australia. Many, from all over the globe, share the fun and see each other’s interpretations of shadows in photographs. Join the fun, go to Tracy’s Hey Harriet Blog to see more Shadow Shots and to find out how to participate.
This Old House
Not exactly like the television program from public broadcasting with a title by the same name, this particular old house sits in rural Wisconsin, USA along US Highway 10 between Durrand and Mondovi.
I was heading East to upstate New York last week and wanted an early start. The weather channel told me there was a heat wave with killer temperatures and humidity. I left the house very early, 4 AM, and got some hours in before the scorching heat had me sequestered in my Ford van with the A/C on max high.
The days starts to lighten up here pretty early. The light in the Eastern sky can be evident easily by 5 AM. As I drove along, my eye catches things and seemed to have been drawn to this old house. The patina of the old neglected wooden siding was already a slate grey color, but the early morning light amplified this effect and cast deep eerie images through the window and door openings, watering the interior of the place in a wash of dark shadows.
What intrigues me more then the excellent photographs that can be gleaned from such a structure is how the place came to be derelict in the first place. This is an excellent house. A large rural farm home, twin chimneys, at least 4 bedrooms. Room for a large family. When did the last inhabitant leave? Why was it abandoned? What’s the story behind the splendid shadows?
A highlight from these photos, which all seem the same, are the mourning doves walking around on the left side of the rooftop. Had the sun been out, as it ended up doing this sunny hot sweltering day, those birds would have cast quite a shadow themselves, albeit on the far side of the roof from my vantage point.
|Do you know what these doves are saying to each other?|
|Gabba Gabba Hey!|