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.
Marianne of ‘East of Malaga’ blog, has challenged us to post photos of something blue.
I think the most common sightings of this beautiful colour, are when we look at the sky and the ocean. Many of my travel photos show beautiful blue water, so that is what I have chosen. If you get a bit of blue sky thrown in, then that’s an added bonus. 🙂
“Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.” — John Ruskin
The Great Barrier Reef, off the east coast of Australia is one of the wonders of the natural world.
Snorkelling in the Coral Sea, was an amazing experience.
The deep blue of the Pacific Ocean, viewed from the island of O’ahu in Hawaii.
Flying in to the island of Bora Bora in French Polynesia; so many different shades of blue.
In the Bahamas, the turquoise blue of the Caribbean is matchless.
The sparkling, icy blue of Lake Titicaca, surrounded by the snow-capped Andes mountain range.
The greeny blue waters of San Francisco Bay.
The warm waters of the Andaman Sea in Phuket.
Last but not least, is the Atlantic Ocean. This photo was sent to me by my son, from Bermuda, a place I have yet to visit.
So many blues, so little time.
To view more shades of this beautiful colour, pop over to Marianne’s post.
Here are links to two blogs which I follow. Please go and have a look at them, they’re well worth a visit.
It’s always fun to visit Amy at “The world is a book.”
If it’s African wildlife you want to see, then Bulldog’s blog is the place to be. That rhymes so nicely, doesn’t it? 🙂