Saturday, August 11, 2012

Live Long & Prosper Amid Life's Shadows

THE LIVE LONG AND PROSPER greeting given by Mr. Spock, a Vulcan in the Star Trek television series of the 60s, expresses a gracious sentiment with a hand gesture that is not easy to duplicate. The fingers should be parted between the middle and ring finger with thumb extended. My husband tried but didn't correctly mimic the salute while I took pictures of our shadows.

The sandy shore at Crescent Beach was darkened with silhouettes of thick branches from trees bordering the nearby walkway.

The volleyball net spilled pencil-thin lines onto the gritty floor ...

and chains swung in a swooping pattern from post to post.

A fence tipped a ladder onto the grassy edge where there was a sunny glow.

My husband would later perfect the Vulcan salute. But meanwhile, he made a few other hand gestures, including the universal "peace" sign (at left) that reminds me of the bunny rabbits my mom used to make on the wall when I was a child.

At bottom right, he is illustrating the North American symbol for "you're doing okay".

Playing with shadows in the morning muddle that falls between darkness and light, we found there is literal and figurative truth in the proverb that says: "Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you."
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  1. I do love your shadow shots for the day, Penelope! How fun! Beautiful skies, too! Have a great weekend! Ah, and do live long and prosper!!

  2. Looks as if you had fun gathering these shadow shots! Lovely beach views and such fun finger shadow shapes!

  3. great shadows all of them. And... I love Mr Spock. :)

  4. I LOVE was one of my favorite shows as a kid. Loved it and is hard to do.. Lovely shadows...Michelle

  5. Such crisp, clear shadows. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts!

  6. Cool shots, indeed!

    Cheers … visiting from Shadow Shot Sunday

    Tito Eric

  7. A very interesting collection of shadows, and I too was a fan of the early Star Trek shows.

  8. There are so many things about this post that I love, Penelope. At the top of the list is imagining you and your husband playing with shadows in the "morning muddle" - how very cool :) I also thought the description "..tipped a ladder" was perfect for those fence shadows, and the last proverb made a beautiful conclusion.

  9. I like the first image best among all the wonderful shadow shots. The quote gives nice finish to this post. Regarding the universal “peace” sign, it also can be “victory” sign, and this might sound strange but “cheese” sign in Japanese photography. When photographed, people do the “peace” sign, saying “cheese”. Sounding “ee” makes our mouth smiling. Then why not say “peace”? That's a puzzling point.

  10. Great fun playing with the shadow.
    It most have been very sunny in your place. We've had rain and rain to the point of flooding. It's winter here though. Only 2 weeks till spring :)

  11. The shadows are great and I also love the sailboats scenes with the lovely sky and water. I was at your other blog and the library wall of plants is fantastic.

  12. I especially love the chain link fence shot, beautiful.

    Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams


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