I love The Challenge every week. Targets abound in any theme, but our Challenge makes ’em all legal. Into it …
and fair enough too. Shadows can make someone philosophical and introspective—shadows being the bit left over when the main source of light is somewhat occluded (I love big words) (and sometimes I even get ’em right) … so try this on for size—
—I’ve often pondered that light seems additive. By which I mean that if you use a mirror to direct a falling sunbeam across an already illuminated area it gets brighter. Duuuuh so far, but: you can’t do the same with a shadow. Oh, wow. As often as I tried with a mirror I could never reflect a shadow into a bright area. Stupid shadows. Dumb mirrors.
Hey, I’m not finished with you yet: if light is additive, then why don’t the two shadows falling across that nut above (are you getting ‘nut’ here?) doubly darken it? Hmm?
ANYWAY, ENOUGH OF NUTS
for now. Read on and ponder my predilection for alleyways. Nothing too pondermonious here, I just like shortcuts and often a diagonal beats hoofing the length of two sides. So here’s yer first alley—
—and man, ya don’t get no more shadowy than dat. Makes one think of the Great Beyond and that ever popular hit “The Light at the End of The Tunnel” (but I didn’t hear choral singing …). Probably the wrong tunnel (I get that a lot).
on my way to meet The Spouse I shorted alongside the Civic Centre and in the distance saw a Mama Kat exercising her Cittens. Anyway, she was watching over the young barbarians at play—
—and when I got closer the kittens neatly in line astern filed into a hole in a ventilator grill and disappeared. Bugger, I wanted to shoot a kitten (you can’t lose with kittens) (or puppies) but as I got close enough to pass by I observed a MamaKattish face peering out at me. Never one to miss a trophy, I used the camera to peer back at her and got this—
IT WAS IN THE COURSE
of such navigations that we happened over the shot below. First, understand that Southlanders live for convention. Everything has to be done by the book, and if Christmas is coming up they decorate for Christmas … this recent Xmas the two major department stores had their Santa grottos up and running by the thirteenth of October. Two months (!) and two weeks (!!) in advance … on Boxing Day (26th December) I jokingly told The Spouse “Only three hundred and sixty-four shopping days till Christmas” and blow me down if the very next newspaper we got didn’t have words to that effect … I frighten myself sometimes.
Anyway, we’d been having wee bets as to when the first Easter stuff would appear; too late, it’s already up and running—
of course. If you look closely I’m sure you’ll find a shadow in there somewhere … and afterwards in the car park I spotted the south end of a north-facing parked wagon and got this—
She’ll keep …