On Shadows

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. ― Charles Dickens

A dark figure cast upon a surface by something intercepting the rays from a source of light

A partial darkness or obscurity

An imperfect and faint representation

An imitation or copy

A shaded or darker portion of a picture

The darkness following sunset

A state of obscurity

Some people seemed to get all sunshine, and some all shadow… ― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

A pervasive and dominant influence or presence

A remnant, an insignificant amount, an inferior focus

An area near an object

A darkened area of skin under the eye

An incipient growth of beard that makes the skin look darker

An inseparable companion or follower

A nearby or adjoining region

A reflected image

A source of gloom or unhappiness

A shelter for protection

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you. ― Walt Whitman

Related words: phantom, dusk, umbra, shade, shadiness, blackness, dimness, gloom, murkiness, obscurity, somberness, cloudiness

Enjoy for a day journey with the shadows of Italy. Which are your favorites? Ciao!

Monterosso for a Late Lunch

Monterosso al Mare for a Late Lunch

Shining Church in Vernozza

Shining Church in Vernozza

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

Peeking through the shadows in Florence

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

A Sunny Day in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

Falling Shadows in San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

In the Shadows of San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano

A University Building in Pisa

A University Building in Pisa

Pisa at Dusk

Pisa at Dusk

Night falls in Lucca

Night Falls in Lucca on the Bascilica of San Frediano

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83 thoughts on “On Shadows

    • Archon,
      Good eye. Although the space is a gated walkway, the building in the sunshine is the infamous Duomo. In it tastefully ornate, and a few other nearby buildings have the same design. Here’s a pic that I took just before or after the one in the post.

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    • Soma,
      Most of my San Gimignano pics had shadows, so I narrowed it down to these. It was my first time there, and I would think that given the tall structures and narrow streets, shadows are easy to find no matter the time of day.

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    • Bumble,
      I think shadows in San Gimignano are about as easy to find as cars in Los Angeles …. and no matter the time of day! … Nonetheless, they are interesting, and I wasn’t seeking shadows.

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  1. I have always liked the Alcott quote you used. And I find shadowy figures and places very intriguing. It must be very nice to be able to look back on your wonderful trip to Italy and have nice memories to hold onto. I like the Pisa at Dusk. That’s my favorite time of day, and I think the location is just marvelous!

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    • Debra,
      Glad you enjoyed the Pisa pic. Take a close look at the Baptistry’s roof because one side is different than the other … and one can tell in this pic.

      Shortly after returning I noticed various collections/themes … and I’ve tried to keep the pics to a reasonable number in the collection.

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  2. (photo #1 is my FAV!) Really enjoyed this post, Frank! When I was growing up, me and my best friend would go EVERYWHERE together – everywhere…and the few times I would be out and about by myself someone ALWAYS would ask me, “Where’s your shadow?” haha. Your post made me smile.

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  3. Good one. Fav pic is Monterosso al Mare, very nice.
    And a little bit of trivia. If John was back to commenting again he’d possibly have told you about the Sci Fi TV Series UFO and the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization or S.H.A.D.O.
    Hang on that’s given me an idea, thanks!

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  4. Wonderful theme… and wonderful post. All these photographs beautifully showing us the spirit of Italy, I love to visit this country even in the photographs too. Thank you dear Frank, The sun be with you always, love, nia

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    • Otto,
      San Gimignano is wonderful … and would seem to be full of photo ops for one like yourself. I didn’t set out to find shadows, just picked the theme once I was home looking at all the pics. FYI: I also did ones on (at least) doors, arches, and windows. If you get bored sometime, see Categories > Words in the sidebar.

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  5. A very well balanced post you have here, Frank. I enjoyed all the different stops – I am a huge Jetsons fan!! (can sing the theme in my sleep). And the handbells – I just wonder where they hide that 600 foot pipe organ that MUST be there somewhere!
    My fave pic is “leaving the light on in San G…” a beautiful peek into life inside these ancient buildings!!!
    Thanks for the wonderful tour, Frank!!

    🙂

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    • BuddhaKat,
      Friday’s OITS have quite the buffet of treats. I picked the Jetson’s out of the blue, and I have NOT yet featured them on my Saturday Morning Classic cartoon posts … so they will be coming up in the future … but unsure when.

      LOL regarding the handbells because I too thought of an organ when hearing this with so many ringers. Meanwhile, San Gimignano is a quite the visual feast.

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  6. Shadows are a theme of mine (all the way to a book of shadows – my latest title). The first one is wonderful. I love the sunspot in the center. I also like the dusk picture. Very soothing color palette.

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    • Victoria,
      That was a beautiful night there!

      Take a close look at the roof on the round building because it’s two different roofs depending on the half … and this pics shows both.

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  7. These are beautiful, Frank. You should take up photography. 🙂

    Favorites:
    Peeking through the shadows in Florence
    Leaving the Light On in San Gimignano
    Pisa at Dusk

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    • Noeleen,
      Glad you enjoyed this one. From my pics in Italy, I put together similar posts about windows, arches, and probably others. See Words in the Categories group along the right sidebar.

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