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shadows

People often talk about shadows as if they were negative.  Our dark sides are called our shadows.  Even quotes about shadows are generally more negative than positive.  Helen Keller said:

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”

That’s true, but why would we avoid seeing shadows?  I understand that not every moment of our lives are happy.  We probably even wish they were.  But if we’re always happy, then happy is just regular.  We need shadows to be able to appreciate the light.

I find shadows appealing.  The whole process of a thing being created by the blocking out of light fascinates me.  It does!  All those people who run outdoors to take photos of a lunar eclipse are photographing a shadow…the shadow of the Earth on the moon.

In this image the branch’s shadow attracted my attention.  I could study it for hours.  There’s movement!  There’s color!  We think of shadows as gray, but shadows on snow are often blue or lilac.  They create a world of color on stark, white snow.  How could I turn away from that?

As for shadow quotes, I’m fond of this one from Anna Karenina.  In it light and shadow are equals.  It was written by Leo Tolstoy:

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

 

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