Shadow Painting

This photo was taken on May 24, 2014 at 6:53.
The location was at a busy intersection in Rosslyn, Virginia
The "Take It!" came as yet another while driving, double take.  The morning rising sun was just at the right place to give one of those super shadow producing intensities when we happened to luckily pass through the intersection that had a wall standing behind a light pole that had responsibility for numerous functions, including: the traffic signal light holding arm that stretches to what seems sometimes to be an impossibly long way out over the intersection with an ongoing test of calculations on weight bearing vs fatigue brought about by stress and all the wind matched up with other negative weather conditions. Yet another task was to be a base for the street signs at the intersection.  Then, last but not least - provide that place for the cross walk signals which are ever so important for pedestrians. In other words -  this guy has a very big and unheralded job serving us in many ways.
The sun produced shadow was so strong and clear that it appeared as if it had been painted upon the background wall.  
The After Take:  those who looked at this photo were struck as I was at the intensity of the shadow. For some it even provoked a verbalized  " Wow ! " reaction.  It is great to recognize this unpremeditated expression, in this instance, as high complement.   
Earlier I stated that this edifice seems to be unheralded - well, just perhaps, it may take great satisfaction in having its portrait painted by shadow with ever so exact detail being executed if only for viewing for moments and yet further be available on just the sunniest of days.  
Ah, the wonder of it all.
Thanks for taking a moment to share in this quick take.

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Comments: 6
  • #1

    Jeff (Friday, 06 June 2014 14:41)

    Thats the kind of thing I fly by and never notice. I dont have the trained eye like you do.

  • #2

    Sally (Friday, 06 June 2014 14:42)

    I sat here for a moment trying to come up with a witty and imaginative design that I think the shadow looks like but I got nuthin.....

  • #3

    Jim (Friday, 06 June 2014 14:43)

    Oddly enough the first thing that caught my eye was that little green weed at the bottom left against the wall.

  • #4

    Livin4love (Friday, 06 June 2014 14:44)

    cool show as always

  • #5

    Gabe (Friday, 06 June 2014)

    I agree with the people you have shown it to, it is a very firm and solid shadow.

  • #6

    whutzzat (Friday, 06 June 2014 14:46)

    Hello Everyone,

    For those of you who have read this photo story and even commented on it give it another look. We updated the text for the image.