Ailsa’s travel theme this week is ‘Shadows’, and I was thinking that I would really be hard pressed to find any shadow pics in my albums. However, I suddenly realised that my blog header, when uncropped, has a great shadow. This was me on an idyllic vacation in Bora Bora, an island in French Polynesia.
One afternoon, we went across the reef to another small island, which as it turned out, had nothing of interest, and nowhere to even buy a drink. I knew then how people marooned on a desert island must feel. I sat in the only bit of shade I could find, reading my book for a few hours until thankfully, our boat returned to ferry us back to the resort.
Here is the shadow under the pier in my South African hometown of Umhlanga Rocks. I’ll be back there next month, and one of the first things we will do is go for walk along the beach and up onto the pier to watch the waves. I’ve really missed them.
On the same beach, this seagull also casts his own shadow as he proudly struts along the sand.
Here in Delray Florida, the sea birds also drag their shadows along the sand as they search for food. I think these may be Storm Petrels.
Here in Pompeii, the shadows cast by these ancient walls, must have been seen day after day by its citizens, as they went about their daily business, until that fateful day in AD 79, when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the whole city under 4-6 metres of ash and pumice.
Something far more up-to-date, are the shadows of the flags of British Airways cabin crew protesting just outside London about job cuts, and working conditions.
These weird-looking shadows in the town square in Nassau in the Bahamas, are from a very tall tree with bare branches. Also note the shadows of the air conditioners below the windows.
Lastly, here’s a structure you’ll all recognise. The Leaning Tower of Pisa, casts its shadow on the 180 foot tall Baptistery, which is made entirely of marble, and dedicated to St John the Baptist. Although it doesn’t look it here, the Baptistery is actually a few centimetres taller than the leaning tower.
Hope you enjoyed my shadow pics which I didn’t think I had. 🙂
For more bloggers’ shadow pics, just click here to be taken to Ailsa’s post.
Such fun… Love the Leaning Tower shot always. 😉
Thanks so much. 🙂
Wonderful images for the theme Sylvia. i like the first one of you on that hammock best of all 🙂
Thanks so much, Madhu. That photo brings back many happy memories. 🙂
great shadows ad, love the pier!
Thanks so much.
Shadows are good news because they are accompanied by shadows. For whatever reason, the pic of the Nassau square captures my attention the most.
Love the first ‘header’ image… it’s wonderful life.. 🙂
Thanks, Bams. 🙂
I’m thrilled by the strange shadow from the tower in Pisa. Great shadow pictures!
Thanks so much, Ann Christine. 🙂
One question Who is the woman lying on the swing. painted from a distance so invisibly so good. And another. gave it can not tip over, I think when I lay down on the swing and he immediately dropped 🙂 He he!
You wouldn’t dare tip me out, Stefan. 😀
The first pict, is your header image, beautiful 🙂
Thanks so much. Happy memories in that pic. 🙂
Have so loved going through your last few posts and seeing the gorgeous pictures. These are particularly beautiful.. even the one of you “marooned”. Have a super weekend darlin’ Syl xxx
Thanks so much, Dinxie doll. Happy weekend to you too. xx
Fantastic post AD. Love most the second picture of you with the book. Sigh…I haven’t seen my shadow for months now:-)
Thanks so much, Cocoa. I can’t imagine what it must be like with no sun. 😦
You are the best of the best for coming up with picture after unique picture to match a theme, and then writing about them too. You win!!! Gold Star Sylvia. 🙂 I love this post!!! 🙂
Wonderful! Of course, the hammock photo on Bora Bora is picture perfect. I especially like the flag shadow shot!
Thanks so much, Jody. 🙂
my god you’ve traveled all over and have some fantastic pictures! The top photo is my idea of heaven. Can I get the hammock after you? Pretty please?
Hahaha….. Yes of course you may have a go in the hammock. 🙂
SO BEAUTIFUL!!! OMG TAKE ME WITH YOU …. WAIT!!! What’s that crawling in the bushes over there!!!
Probably only a scorpion or a spider, Jasmine. Nothing to worry about. 😀
I can deal with spiders…. scorpions….. no way jose!
Hehehe……..I was just trying to freak you out. 🙂
You DELIGHT in seeing the TERROR in my eyes that only a little creature can bring! LOL
My terror would easily match yours, and exceed it. 😯
WE shall scream like little bitches TOGETHER!!!
“drag their shadows along the sand” What an interesting turn of phrase! I’ll have to remember that! 🙂
Thanks, Lance. You like it? It’s yours. 🙂
Once you start looking shadows are every where…Good job you took a book to the island with you…
This is true, Pommepal. 🙂
Love them all but my favorite is the first. That is my dream to one day be close to the sea, enjoy a day under the sun as I sleep in a hammock. Beautiful my friend.
Thanks so much. I hope you get your wish. 🙂
The caption for the first one should be, of course, ‘Bored at Bora Bora’. 🙂
One thing we never really notice… shadows. I love ‘…drag their shadows…’! Great pictures and very interesting text, AD.
Lovely shadow photos! I adore your header photo it makes me smile every time thinking – I wish 🙂
Thanks so much, Anne. I also wish. 🙂
Great shadows of wonderful places!
Thanks, Phil. 🙂
I love your header photo!!!
Thanks, Nicole. 🙂
Love the Leaning Tower!
Thanks, Livvy. It was a fun visit. 🙂
stunning photos but I really love the capture of leaning tower of Pisa..
Thanks, Lisa. 🙂
Thanks so much, Rebecca. 🙂
didn’t have any shadow images huh ??/ i really love the one of the tree with its bare branches shadowing the square…very cool
Hehehe…… well not that I’d noticed before. 😀 Thanks, Jo.
Thank you for sharing your photos! Shadows or not 🙂
Thanks so much for your visit. 🙂
Great shadow photos. Sometimes the shadows are the best part of a photo and make them so interesting.
Thanks, Karen. Yes, I hadn’t realised this until today. 🙂
The hammock shadow is brilliant! Great pics 😀
Thanks, Dianne. 🙂
Um…that tower is crooked 😛
You reckon??? 😆
LOL,well I could be looking at it wrongly 😛
Anything is possible. 😀
They are fabulous – I think that like me you now have so many photos that you don’t remember what you have!
Thanks, Gilly. Sadly so, but it’s fun sifting through them. 🙂
Wow! Lovely post and photos! 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
I always knew that you had a shadowy past 😉
Hehehe…..you have NO idea just how shadowy. 😀
You should have more faith. You always come up with such treasures for these themes.
Thanks so much, Gunta. You are too kind, and I appreciate your support so much. 🙂
I like the one of you! Have a wonderful day!! ~Sherry~
Thanks so much, Sherry. Hope yours has been a great day too. 🙂
Pleased to say I have been to quite a few of these places.
So have I. 😀
Lovely shadowy post AD 😉
Thanks so much, 🙂
Smashing pictures Sylvia! 🙂
Thanks so much, Adrian. 🙂
Sylvia — You’ve got shadows AND talent!
Thanks, Tom. Careful now……I don’t want a big head to go with the shadows and talent. 🙂
Great gallery again … Top one my pick !!! Love the BA photo too – great eye .. for unusual object.
Thanks so much, Viveka. 🙂
Loving your hammock!
It was really comfortable too. 🙂
I hate hate hate shadows on pics. It’s one of the things I look for when snapping. Here in sunny California, it is quite a brawl between my camera and shadows. Love the hammock amd the sea birds. 😀
Thanks, Rommel. Perhaps it’s time you had some fun with those California shadows. 😀
Love your shadows, ad 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. 🙂 Hugs back.
You came up with some great photos there for Shadows. Love the first one.
Thanks so much, Susan. 🙂
Thanks, Mel. 🙂
Great interpretation of the theme AD
Thanks, optie. 🙂
Never really noticed those shadows in your pics before 🙂
Neither had I, Chris. 🙂
Lovely post as usual with great pictures. Looking forward to more Florida posts before you return to SA and hope your kitchen renovations are all complete now. Love to see pics if all finished.
Take care and regards
Thanks so much, Gail. yes, the kitchen is all finished. I’ll post a couple of pics especially for you. 🙂
These are once again really good… a difficult challenge as I’m not sure I ever look to the shadow cast by my subject… good entry and that one with the tree shadows is really good… I see you are on your way home (or back) not sure which you call home… but anyway the place is still the same… no change…
Thanks, bdt. Glad you loved my pics. I’m also not sure about where home is. I suppose it’s where I happen to be living. 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
I especially love the protestor’s flags and the strange shadows cast by the trees in Nassau. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. 🙂
Beautiful pictures! I wish I could go somewhere so warm right now away from the winter blah’s here in Vancouver 😦
Thanks so much Andy. I can just imagine Vancouver at the moment. My daughter used to live there. 🙂
Right now it’s beautiful sun and blue skies, hovering around 6 degrees celcius so it’s perfect 😀
Well, I’m not jealous of your temperatures, but it sounds lovely anyway.
Thanks, newsy. 🙂