Saturday, October 22, 2011

Waltzing Through The Shadows

An early fall afternoon with the golden afternoon sun on a Sunday afternoon in Balboa Park, San Diego...

The reason for the trip last month was sad (my mother in law's funeral), but getting to San Diego for us as a family is a rare thing. We did get ourselves over to Balboa Park to enjoy the wonderful architecture and gardens. And, as you can see, we are never without shadows that delight. I thought these were particularly scrumptious. I feel like I could just close my eyes and picture myself wearing a long, slender, black evening gown as I do slow, luxurious, waltzing turns down through these shadowy arches. And the music? One of my most favorite waltz pieces is the "Appalachia Waltz" written and performed by Mark O'Connor, along with Yo Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. My most all time favorite trio in the world.

So, close your eyes. Join me in a waltz through these arches to this incredibly beautiful music:

"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 waltz on over 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.


Kathe W. said...

gorgeous shadow shot.
and my symapthies to you and your family.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Sad to hear about MIL.

Hope everyone take it cool. Cheerish the moment with time w/ MIL is the only medicine of longing we can get.

REally crips shadows! Still warm and sunny overthere?

Happy TS...


Ralph said...

Funerals are never fun, the sadness can be overwhelming. However, God shares too in the grief, and provides some solace by providing his beauty in the sun, shadow and music. The solace of the simple and not amplified stringed music allows us to reflect on its beautiful sounds. We cannot forget our heritage, but can focus on nice things to forget, if only briefly...

Ms. Becky said...

you have my condolences. and thank you thank you thank you for the dance. pure pleasure. happy weekend to you.

Sylvia K said...

So sorry about the death in your family, Paula, my thoughts/prayers are with you and your family. Gorgeous shadow shot and some on my favorite music! A lovely start for my day! Hope you have a good weekend!


Ms. Becky said...

happy birthday!!!!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

As soon as we saw the title, then the shadows, we too imagined a lovely waltz! This song (and the rest of the album) is on our ipod at the store right now - our favorite fall music!
So sorry to hear of your loss as well Paula - you and the rest of the family have our prayers!

Kay L. Davies said...

I'm very sorry you had to go to San Diego for such a sad reason, Paula. A visit to Balboa Park would be bittersweet under the circumstances. I've always loved San Diego, and no matter how much traveling we do, we speak of it as one of our favorite cities.
Your shadow shot for this weekend is exquisite! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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

frayedattheedge said...

At the moment we are engrossed in Strctly Come Dancing (Dancing with the Stars) so I immediately wanted to dance with you!! It may have been a sad reason for you to be there, but you have found a moment of joy.

Cassie said...

Peaceful, lovely ShadowShot. I had never heard of Mark O'Connor until now. I have always loved Yo-You Ma's cello though. It's a wonderful piece indeed. There is something sad in it...or maybe it's just my mood today. Anyway, have a great weekend.

Catherine said...

sympathies for the occasion - the shot is marvellous...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm glad you found these wondrous shadows to help ease the sadness of the trip to San Diego.


Shadow, shadow drawing near,
You are all alone, I fear;
Let me be your new-found friend—
I’ll stick with you to the end!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Shadowy Sunflower

Really Rainey said...

I love the angle of this shot!

~Rainey~ @ The Project table

Hey Harriet said...

Firstly, so sorry for your loss.

Beautifully captured shadows and perfect music!

AND, a great big happy birthday to you!!! I hope you have a super day sweetie! xo

Spadoman said...

"Pardon me sir, may I cut in?"

Wonderful composition in the shot! I like your fantasy. Sorry, of course,m of whyn you had to make this particular trip, but as we've discussed, it is inevitable. I wish all concerned much peace.
I fixed the link to my blog at Hey Harriet's. Thanks for the heads up, and thank you very much for the dance.


Jeanette said...

You captured some lovely shadows, but I am so sorry for the reason you were there.

Dianne said...

the composition of your shot is flawless
so interesting

sorry about your loss

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

How very beautiful!

BLOGitse said...

I like your waltzing shot! :)
Yo-Yo Ma is great, we have a couple of his CD's.
Have a good week!

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

OMgosh! I said earlier I'd never heard of Mark O'Connor, but just realized that I DO know who he is. I love Nancy Griffith and he played fiddle on one of her albums!! Yes. Oh, this is me, Cassie, just to lazy to log off my dog's blog. ;0) Have a great rest of the week.


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