Saturday, July 09, 2011

Living in the Moment...

Every morning the wall in my garden in my back yard is graced with this shadow.

I think what makes me particularly happy when I see this shadow is the bird on the wrought iron watching over it. It reminds me of my bird friends that visit our yard throughout the day. I am fortunate enough to have a back yard that is FULL of bird activity all day long. I can sit there for hours (if I were a lady of leisure and I'm not) and just watch the birds come and go. The other week, I caught a rare nap in the hammock under our fruitless mulberry tree and a Robin nearly hopped up on me as he was flitting from the lawn to the top of the block wall. The hammock in my back yard is a visual reminder to SLOW DOWN and LIVE IN THE MOMENT. Yes, I know...easier said than done, for sure. And, I am happy to see the migratory bees are back and they have taken over the bird bath. Sad for the birds (they have other baths in our yard though). But, last year the bees  did not come and I was really worried that they had disappeared altogether!

And, an interior shot of a curtain rod...

Repetitious patterns. What is there not to like about them? Yes, I am biased about them, no doubt! This is a perfect illustration as to why (I hope).

DO remember to slow down. DO remember to stop and live in the moment. It is a mindful act that needs to be repeated throughout each day. Key word: mindful!

"Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see." (Martin Luther King)

Every week, a group of us from around the world post our shadow shots over at Hey Harriet. Entertain your muse and be amused by stopping by to see what others have posted! You can view all of my 2010 Shadow Shot Sunday images on my Flickr account. Click here to view them.


Ralph said...

Often, iron and other metals are used for ordinary items. Yet, when formed just so, iron can be made into beautiful items with an artistic flair. The scrolling metal on the patio is full of style, the shadow really reflecting its beauty so well.

The curtain rod has the same good look in subject and shadow, too.

Our mulberry tree in the front yard is full of fruit, and likewise the birds are all over (and the squirrels, too :). The animals that arrive for the berries are happy - but not out cat Linus, who sees but cannot capture them. Such a hunter he is (not)

Have a nice week!

Sylvia K said...

Love your shadow shots for the day, Paula! There's just something about wrought iron that leaves such delicate, beautiful shadows! Hope your weekend is off to a great start! Enjoy!


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

The familiar shadow has become your friend. How sweet!


Shadows here and shadows there,
Shadows, shadows everywhere!
Shadows left and shadows right;
Shadows dancing through the night!
Shadows crouching on the wall;
Shadows spring and shadows fall
On the unsuspecting guest,
Who thought shadows offered rest!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadows here and here

Karen said...

Lovely shadow shots!

Cassie said...

Yep, that ShadowShot is worthy of a smile each morning! Besides the little birds on the iron, the swirling scrolls reminded me of birdie Lalalelou's tail!! hehe. Happy SSS.

EG Wow said...

Spectacular shadow shots! You have outdone yourself this week, Paula!

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shadow capture!

Shadows at my page, please come and see.

Vhen said...

great shadow shot!

here for SSS!

hope you can visit back, thanks!

Hey Harriet said...

Both such beautiful photos! You're very lucky to have so many feathered friends visiting your yard. I'm also lucky that way too! And like you, I could easily watch them all day long if I had the time to do so :)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good and nice photos.
Lovely play with light and shadows.


Arija said...

I instantly felt the same way, that little bird on the delicate wrought ironwork against the precise, dark shadow. A really special shot.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Your shadow shots are like a work of art! Truly!!

My Sunday Link: Shadow of Old Glory

Hope your weekend is treating you well!!

BLOGitse said...

You've created your own SSS style!
I like both!

Ms. Becky said...

these are graceful shadows curling on themselves and I love your creative processing of them. and I so enjoyed your post about your mother's postcards. her handwriting is beautiful. great story, thanks for sharing. happy SSS.

Kay L. Davies said...

How wonderful to have wrought iron with birds on it. Wonderful photos, both outside and inside, Paula.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Patti said...

Nice shadow to greet you on the patio in the morning. The wrought iron leaves an interesting shadow for sure.

And your curtain rod shot is quite artsy ;-) I like it a lot.

I hope you have a great Friday. I'm visiting late, but better late than never.

I see my hubby was the first to visit. He's just so organized.


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