The theme for this week’s DP Photo Challenge is “Shadowed”, which works well with the long shadows cast by the winter’s sun. The further north you travel – at least in the Northern Hemisphere – the longer the daytime shadows become.
I’ve spent this weekend sorting and tagging old photos and I came across a few of my favourites – including these, with their deep winter shadows.
The year was 1986 and I was a young mother of a 3-month-old visiting my home town in Northern Ontario on a very cold January day. I’m talking in the -30C territory – without a windchill. These photos were taken just after lunch time, around 1:30 pm.
My father’s dog, Scamp, joined us for a walk in the fresh winter air. My young son was cocooned in several layers of warm clothing and blankets. I don’t remember where we borrowed the little sled.
It was the kind of cold that makes the snow squeak when you walk or drive on it, and your eyes water from the brightness of the sun sparkling on the snow. I’ve always thought of it as ‘noisy snow’ … something you become familiar with when you grow up in the north.
… but I always remember the long shadows that made it look like late afternoon even though it was still early in the day. At least that’s what the clock suggested.
For more photos on the theme, visit Shadowed.