On Shadows


Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. The Shadow knows. (From the introduction to the radio series, The Shadow)


Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life. (Jean de La Fontaine, poet)

Shadow – partial darkness cast by an object affecting light passing through

Shadow – a reflected image

Shadow – a shelter from danger

Shadow – a faint representation

Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind. (Nathaniel Hawthorne, novelist)


The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection. (Michelangelo, artist)

Shadow – a dark sense

Shadow – a shaded part of an image

Shadow – to follow someone

Shadow – a sense of gloom/unhappiness

Everything we see is a shadow cast to that which we did not see. (Martin Luther King, Jr; activist)


Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it. The tree is the real thing. (Abraham Lincoln, statesman)

Shadow – obscurity

Shadow – to conceal

Shadow – to secretly trail

Shadow – a two-dimensional silhouette of an object

Shadow – a personalityโ€™s unconscious side

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow. (Helen Keller, author)


Special thanks to Robin (MaidinSun Photography) for providing the photographs. I encourage readers to visit her at Breezes at Dawn. All photos are copyrighted by MaidinSun Photography.


77 thoughts on “On Shadows

  1. Robin’s photography is splendid and the shadow theme you integrated here was masterful. I actually like the King quote the most and the photo right after the Hawthorne quote –
    But each section and each photo was a cohesive piece

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  2. Beautiful post, photographs and words… You did another great point on about shadows and darkness… Thank you dear Frank and Robin. Have a wonderful day, Love, nia

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  3. Liked the composition and angling in the pot in the window photo, also the echoing effect of the pots in the foreground. Might purchase that one. Really liked the Helen Keller quote.

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    • Marina,
      Glad you enjoyed this one — and I’m glad you saw. After all, we’ve collaborated multiple times!

      Thanks for the two songs. I favor Blythe’s jazz โ€ฆ but when it comes to shadows, Cat Steven’s Moonshadow always comes to mind.

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  5. I have never heard this particular Lincoln quote, Frank. It fits so well, too. The photos are spectacular. And thank you for “The Shadow knows…” My mom and dad used to quote that radio show all the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. V-E-R-Y impressive, Frank!!! And those quotes …. made me stop to think about each and every one of them. As in chasing the light, it is also fun chasing the shadow. The “special effects” that are created sometimes elicit an “oh wow” from the photographer. Loved loved loved the combination of your words and Robin’s images. What a fascinating, delightful post! Thank you!

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