Sunday, December 27, 2009

Colours of Shadow

I had asked this question since the early morning, and continued while I was in front of my notebook. I went hiking, and did some garden jobs in between, the question followed.


What is the colour of a shadow? A trivial question? Is black the answer?


Internet told me when we stand in the sunlight, some of the light is stopped while other rays pass on in a straight-line path. A shadow is formed where light ray cannot reach. Then a shadow should be in black, this is the law of Nature.


But trees told me differently when I was at Cerok Tokun. That is only an assumption of human which cannot be applied in the kingdom of trees. They insisted.


Yes, I shall honestly not to argue. All advices from my friends are valuable.


As I followed, I noticed their "shadows" appeared to be reflecting the original colours and were very lively. Then there is no reson shadows must be in black?



The "shadows" were seen twisting and dancing with the ripples, and I was reminded to record down this moment while being too focus on this beauty, and that of the blue sky with white fluffy cloud.



I was led to the shady area again. Everyone of these trees was simply too overwhelmed with my trivial issue. They showed me more evidence.


And finally I have to agree that shadows are not limited to only black. They are colourful.

24 comments:

Me said...

nice colors of those photograph...
but looks so lonely..sorry...

thanks for dropping by...

Mei Teng said...

Shadow's definitely black :)

eileeninmd said...

Love you colorful shadows! Great post!

Diane AZ said...

I love all of the images in this post and your new header photo is fantastic!

Regarding shadows: I think they can come in all colors. Some artists avoid using black for dark tones and use complementary colors instead.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

Your photos are gorgeous rainfield. I have to say that I never even stopped to think about the shadow colors. Very interesting my friend. Have a wonderful New Year.

Cheryl said...

I just love your posts! They are always so fascinating and usually give me food for thought. I have never thought of shadow color before I read this. I like your answer!

Ginnymo said...

Something to think about. Nice photos too Rain! Happy New Year!!

betchai said...

love your new header, absolutely stunning! and you have wonderful images from the mountains. lovely shadows and reflections.

Kirigalpoththa said...

I think shadows are always dark..reflections are not.

Ratty said...

An excellent observation. Maybe shadows only appear black because of the absence of light. Just like anything else, when there is light the color can be seen. Excellent pictures also.

Mike said...

So my friend I am left wondering, is a shadow a reflection?

rainfield61 said...

Me: Loneliness can sometime mean happiness. There is no sorry in behind.

Mei Teng: OOhhh!!! You are so accurate as a mathematician. LOL.

eileeninmd: I do love this sets of colourful shadows as well. Glad that we share the same view.

Diane: The header is my unexpected gain during solving my other problems. No pain no gain?
Thanks for your artistic view.

Poetic Shutterbug: I am simply too crazy on some trivial matters. Can't help, getting too old.

Cheryl: Yes and hurray!! You are lovely enough to agree with me, or with the trees.

Ginnymo: Nice photos and thought, am I right? Hehehehehe..
Happy New Year.

betchai/Kirigalpoththa: In the kingdom of trees, reflection = shadows.

Ratty: Can you please ask Alice what is her explaination?

I bet you Alice will tell shadows are colourful.

Mike: So my friend, we simply cannot use our ruler to measure the world of trees.

Icy BC said...

Beautiful photos, rainfield! I love the color of these reflections, and your new header is outstanding..

wenn said...

i thought shadows are always black initially too.

George said...

You have captured some beautiful shadows with these photos. I'm very glad the trees shared their secret with you.

jeannette stgermain said...

Your header is beautiful!
And the "how to" artists books will tell you that shadows are are darker color of the local color (the object itself). So, the shadow of an object is seldom black:)

Pacey said...

Great post about the shadows, learned something here. WIshing you a wonderful good 2010 rain. And more blogging!

roentarre said...

These water reflection is simply wonderful and amazing looking!

Ayie said...

those "shadow" reflections are just so beautiful. Belated holiday greetings to you!!!

Autumn Belle said...

A thought provoking post. I have always ask myself the same question. A shadow is black but a reflection is the colours of a rainbow when explained from a scientific standpoint. To the artists' minds, shadows are colourful.

rainfield61 said...

Icy BC: Good morning to you. It is always good to have positive feedback from friends.

wenn: Shadow is only black in the eyes of scientists. I am not a scientist. I am a friend of those trees.

George: They whispered to me, but I told everyone of you.

jeannette stgermain: You are a good artist, that is why shadow of an object is seldom black. I love that.

Pacey: If I am right, Andy Gibbs sings the song "Shadow Dancing". I love that song. Wish you a Happy new Year too. And more blogging!

roentarre: I have taken many shots on this water reflection, but they come out very differently each time.

Ayie: You have a very good "interpretation": Shadow reflection!!! Hahaha..
Belated holiday greetings to you!!!

Autumn Belle: You are absolutely right. Do you consider yourself a scientist or an artist, virtually?

The Retired One said...

great observation!
Maybe water changes the rules..which it always does!! Because even water does not stay the same as it freezes and becomes steam...

SquirrelQueen said...

Your explanation of shadows is wonderful. There is color everywhere and in everything, it all depends on how we define color.

Icy BC said...

Oh I love these photos of yours! They are as mysterious as you..