A Shadow Stenciled on Asphalt


These photos were taken on April 23, 2021 at 6:13 PM.


The location was from my back porch at my home in Beltsville, Maryland.


The "Take It!" came as I was on my way out the back door to bring in the trash cans at the end of a busy day.  For some reason I happened to look just a little bit further than the then location of the empty trash cans and saw the shadow of the tree projected into the street. 


I think what grabbed me was the almost perfect symmetry of the shadow from the tree.  I then realized I was looking at an image I had best go back into the house and grab my camera - because the sun was not going to stay in the same position to allow this shot to be available for much longer.  Thankfully - I was able to make the lucky catch and be able to share it with all of us.


I do my best to constantly be looking at as much as I can because I find being aware of my surroundings is what I have enjoyed as a big part of the joy of living.  To be able to include the capture of some of these surroundings via photography is like icing on the cake.


Wishing everyone my very best,



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Comments: 6
  • #1

    GpaJake (Wednesday, 07 July 2021 21:58)

    Are we looking at your future Christmas tree this year?

  • #2

    Jim (Wednesday, 07 July 2021 21:59)

    More people definitely need to be aware of their surroundings like you. I almost ran of a cyclist the other day when he decided to go from the sidewalk to the left hand turning lane, without looking behind him, or signaling.

  • #3

    Sally (Wednesday, 07 July 2021 21:59)

    It's like the grown up version of Charlie Brown's Christmas tree lol.

  • #4

    SF1967 (Wednesday, 07 July 2021 22:00)

    The shadow looks far better than the tree.

  • #5

    xXRodriguezXx (Wednesday, 07 July 2021 22:01)

    You've taught me to take the time and notice the small things. I think it makes for a far more interesting day.

  • #6

    Bruce (Thursday, 08 July 2021 11:47)

    Thank you to everyone for your great variety of comments and observations.

    It is true that the shadow of the tree looks better than the tree. I am going to have a specialist take a look at it to see if it can be given a boost.

    xXRodreguezXx Thank you for letting us know you are getting more out of your days. The slow down for observation I have found to be a gift.

    Jim - Thank you for your comment. It has become a necessity to sharpen one's observational skills. That fellow on the bike was fortunate you were on the look out.

    All my very best to everyone!