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Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Shadows


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.

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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.

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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.

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On the same beach, this seagull also casts his own shadow as he proudly struts along the sand.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hope you enjoyed my shadow pics which I didn’t think I had. πŸ™‚

For more bloggers’ shadow pics, just click here to be taken to Ailsa’s post.

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115 comments on “Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Shadows

  1. 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 πŸ™‚ He he!

  2. 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

  3. 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. πŸ™‚ I love this post!!! πŸ™‚

  4. 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?

  5. SO BEAUTIFUL!!! OMG TAKE ME WITH YOU …. WAIT!!! What’s that crawling in the bushes over there!!!

  6. “drag their shadows along the sand” What an interesting turn of phrase! I’ll have to remember that! πŸ™‚

  7. 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.

  8. 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. πŸ˜€

  9. Hi AD,
    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
    GAIL

  10. 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…

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