“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life.” — Elsie de Wolfe

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Skies, Shadows and Sunshine. . .

"Yellow light dazzles and daubs. I am smeared in sunshine."- My name is ZING

I never get tired of seeing the sun shine. That glorious yellow light illuminating leaves and greenery, casting its intricate shadows and warming my skin. Perhaps it is something about being British and the fact that when the sun arrives, like spring after winter, it is so welcomed. Would it lose its meaning if it was constant, would we long for dull skies and rain? I am sure we would. Though I don't like too much heat, the sun shining and blue skies always makes me smile. . .

Such beautiful skies - see the cloud that looks like a new moon?

"Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there." - Lao Tzu

And then the stark contrast of shadows . . .

See the moss circle in the drain cover - a miniature green world! :-)

(I didn't realise until I downloaded these that I had captured my shadow!)

The Importance of Shadows. . .

The shadow black stripes, define you,
throw your light into sharp contrast.
Give you a depth and a fullness,
that without them would not exist.
To be manifest and well rounded,
you need the light and the shade.
You are not a pencil drawing
scrawled on a flat surface.
You have body, you have shape,
dimension, form and movement.
Without the shadow blacks . . .
your colour would have no meaning.

An unexpected cat shadow too!

And now, Bina observed . . .

"She sits on the windowsill, tail wrapped around her delicate paws.
The light catching her profile and highlighting the cream coloured patch on her nose.
She turns and sees me watching and begins to purr. "

"Be where you are; otherwise you will miss your life." - Buddha

The sun setting - seen from my desk. . .

(As you can see, my windows need cleaning! lol - I am not very domesticated! )

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you have had a good week. x

Thought of the week
"Language is the dress of thought;
every time you talk your mind is on parade."
- Dr Samuel Johnson

I am linking this post to week 45 of I Saw Sunday - Why not come and join us?

All images and words - Susannah Bec
My name is Zing quotes are written by me and taken from the blog of the same name.


earlybird said...

Lovely summery pictures.

Jinksy said...

"Just remain in the center, watching. And then forget that you are there." - Lao Tzu

Wonderful quote - and it pretty well sums up my existence these days, I think! Stunning collection of photos, though.The week here has been more grey and wet than sunny, and my camera had remained dormant...

jabblog said...

Lovely skies and shadows. I like to see the sun, too, but can't stand too much heat. Your agapanthus are further advanced than mine:-)

Paul Andrew Russell said...

Beautiful photos, Susannah. I love the ones of the sky.

vivinfrance said...

Lovely. I enjoyed your thoughts and poetry and your interesting Sunday. I like shadows, too.

Elizabeth said...

Love all your photos, but especially the shadow portraits. Both poems are delightful and it goes without saying, your cat is wonderful,


Deborah said...

Beautiful beautiful photo's!

Susannah said...

Good to see you all. :-) x

Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that sometimes during one of our extenxded Australian summers we do long for cloudy skies and a bit of rain. Maybe humans just crave variety. Your photos are glorious!

Morvah said...

Not sure if my comment posted.... Sunshine doesn't diffuse into a million goldsparkles if the windows are clean I find! Angel Cat - Nice shadows, hope you're getting more Sun than we are x

Susannah said...

Thanks Selma, it is good to see you. x

Morvah, I love that! "a million goldsparkles" what better reason could there possibly be for not cleaning windows. :-) Thank you, I shall remember that and use it often.

Always good to see you. x

I will send some sunshine your way!


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