Saturday, April 9, 2011

Imagine with me if you will: a shadow shot of a beautiful woman with bright red lipstick in front of a window blind with gorgeous and intriguing shadows on her face.

I had visions of finding a svelte young woman in her late teens with a gorgeous profile, bright red lipstick and a fantastic hat to stand for me in front of a blind. 

I don't know any svelte young women in their late teens with hats though, so the vision quickly faded.

I called the svelte young children I know into the living room for a conference.  Would you believe that not one of them agreed to wearing bright red lipstick OR a fantastic hat...
Darn it.

And just about that time I remembered we don't have blinds. I was out of luck. But then I spied little Riley coloring away on the driveway: sweetest shadow ever.



My Shadow



I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow-
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an errant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
Source: The Golden Book of Poetry (1947)www.iheartfaces.comI Heart Faces

50 comments:

Ami said...

If you ever need a fair, fat, fiftyish, frustrated housewife, call me.

But I don't wear hats.

Sweet picture.

Ocean Girl said...

The sweetest picture ever! Very lovely, thank you.

Lauren Michelle said...

Aw, I haven't read this poem in a long time. There's actually a song called My Little Shadow or something like that that reminds me of this poem. Two girls I used to take dance with did a duet to the song at a dance competition once. It was really cute because they were only a year apart, but one girl was petite and the other was very long.

American in Bath said...

I miss those days when I could bend like that.

Farmgirl Paints said...

She works just fine! What in the world is svelte anyway?

Kristina P. said...

I've got the red lipstick!

Brian Miller said...

i think the model you ended up with was perfect...smiles.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

We did that today!

Great capture, B.

Just Bits and Pieces said...

So adorable...yep, she works just perfectly!

Susan said...

Precious...love it♥

Gigi said...

I remember that poem!!

I think your model worked out just fine...much better than a svelte one with red lips and a hat!

Danyelle said...

That is a very sweet capture.

I feel like I spent the entire week looking for shadows for the challenge this week.

Tracy P. said...

Those shadows are fair weather friends indeed! I love the one you got!

Christina (fivewalkers) said...

Love it!! Her feet are adorable...the best part! :)
I took a picture of my own shadow today with Eliana making bunny ears on it, behind me. It's cute, but I notice that a person also has to be in the pic, so...I'll have to try again. :)

myevil3yearold said...

I'll wear red lipstick but my late teens was a long time ago....

Casey Freeland said...

That picture made my heart happy, and the poem made it sing.

Thank you,

Casey

Karin said...

Cute! And you painted that picture with the red lipstick very clearly. We don't need a photograph to see it :-)

hilthethrill said...

Hey! I just wandered in here, and I love your blog! Super awesome photos. Just wanted to let you know I was a'lurkin',

urban muser said...

ah, the best laid plans....you ended up with a wonderful photo nonetheless!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Love shadow pictures.....someday your plan will work in the mean time this is a really good replacement. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Oh well, you still captured a great picture!

Gail said...

She has one sweet little shadow...adorable! Love the poem btw.

I always love to stop by and see what you're up to!

hugs...

Tamar SB said...

This is great! i love sidewalk chalk! The poem is beautiful!

Tamar

Bindi said...

Great shadow. Love her feet.

angie {the arthur clan} said...

You found great shadow Becky! We literally stood out in the yard for 30 mins just hoping the sun would peek out of the clouds. LOL! Cute entry. :)

Patty said...

What a sweet picture!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

What... no one would wear bright red lipstick? What?! lol You found a great shadow shot any way! ♥

Simple Girl said...

Ah, yes! Sidewalk chalk is a sure sign of Spring spring! I love the hair in her face!

Freckles & Dimples Photography said...

great shot...sweet, simple, to the point, but with lots of love behind it. have a great week!
M

Team Lando said...

Love the pic! I am borrowing a kid at the playground tomorrow and hoping for sun. My 5 week old doesn't pose when I tell her to...

happygirl said...

I LOVE this poem. Thanks for the memories and joy it brought. I remember svelte, too. What happened to that?? oh yeah, menopause.

sherri lynn said...

love the imagery you evoked with your svelte woman in the red lipstick. but i also love the picture you did end up capturing :)

Becca said...

haha I love your vision - sorry it didn't work out for you! :-) the shot you entered is perfect though - so summery and fun!

tracy said...

Such an incredible picture. love.

Caseybumpinalong said...

Awww, it IS sweet! Great capture!

Red Chestnut Photography said...

Just precious Becky, but your commentary is what makes it! You are so creative!

Monkey's Mama said...

love that picture!

Anita Johnson said...

A svelte young woman in her late teens with a gorgeous profile...that was me...35+ years ago. Shoot, another opportunity missed. I like this photo of yours sooo much better than the one you pictured! Nice work!

T~T said...

yes, for sure - a sweet shadow indeed! (go to Europe - loads of svelte teens there!)

photopaige said...

I love it! Its carefree, natural and fun! well captured!

Serline said...

Excellent shadow capture! And a nice touch with a classic poem often forgotten...

Sarah said...

I love it. So sweet.

the monkeys' mama said...

you are hilarious. i can just picture the pow wow. Still love the picture you came away with. So sweet!

annie said...

This is a perfect shadow shot...no need for a beautiful young woman when you have a cute young girl! I'm so excited that it's finally side walk chalk weather!

kymberli q. said...

Ah, such a sweet shot!

Maddy said...

Your words with your photos are like Magic! Love this shadow shot!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your outcome was better than your vision!!!!

Shey said...

little kids love shadows, they love Peep and Quack with their shadows. =D

Shey said...

P.S. My friend has been living at our house for 2 weeks now and she's been a blessing Becky, thank you for your prayers you are so kind. God bless!

Nikki said...

sooo funny...I have those same visions...and then I hear "mama!!!"
oh well...to shoot another day...
(: