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Shadows’ lives


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I think there is a whole different world that lives in the shadows created by our world’s physical presence. Not a mirror world, but a world with separate beings that look and behave nothing like those in ours. It seems to me that they may all be living, even the shadows of mountains or rocks or buildings. When you look at your shadow, does it really look like you? Is that really your hair or the way you move your arm? When you look at the shadow of a tree, does it look like the tree? No, espcially if the branches are waving and the shadows are wild. Hardly ever does a shadow actually look anything like its author. Though the sun or other sources of light allow shadows to be seen, it really must be the blockers of light that are the authors of shadows. Once a shadow is there we have absolutely no control over it or what it thinks or will choose to do. I doubt we have any idea what shadows’ opinions are or what they may choose to do; the Yoda in the photo may very well be real and he’s enjoying the birds swinging down on his head from an alien suspension system. But we can’t know that. And we do have to tolerate whatever shadows do since we have no way at all to tell, convince, or order them to do anything. We live with that non-control every day; everybody does.  The shadows are not always benign either. The shadows on a playing field or on a road can cause accidents, shadows that look like they are in one place but are really in another can create havoc, too. The light-dark-light-dark progression is completely disorienting at times. Yet we deal with the positives and negatives of shaedows every day.  So why can’t we apply our acceptance of shadows and their behavior to other human beings, other countries, other regions? We have the capability to be tolerant and to carry on with our lives with shadows. If we can get along with shadows, friendly or not, don’t you think we should be able to develop a lasting peace with other humans?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

6 thoughts on “Shadows’ lives

  1. I really don’t think we are peaceable creatures. The ones who fight for peace are, well, fighting…

  2. another wonderful image and thoughtful writing.

  3. If the light of a candle could talk, she probably would say “hey, why is this room so dark?” Beautiful writing reinforced by a beautiful image.

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