Sun and shadows, 12:33 pm on August 22

Saw these long shadows while walking to Starbucks for a refill after teaching my morning class today. I really liked the LONG diagonal lines and the bright white light lining the top of the utility pipes inside the cage, so I stopped and took a photo.

Here’s the bigger picture, for context.

If you follow my blog, you’ll probably recognize that we’ve been here before. I walk this way to Starbucks just about every weekday, so it’s only natural it would be a spot that takes up some space on my phone’s camera roll. And as you can see, this little corner of the world changes its looks pretty substantially depending on the time of day, whether or not it’s sunny, the seasonal angle of the sun, etc.

For example, here’s a picture I took last year with morning sunlight casting cool reflections down from the building’s windows.


And here’s a photo taken later in the morning, still early enough to have the window-pane patterns across the lawn but also late enough to see some diagonal shadows cast along the white walls of the building from those pipes jutting out. Plus there are some interesting additional shadows cast by the chain-link of the utility cage.


Below is shot of the area with afternoon sun, too late to cast diagonal shadows from the pipes (which are barely distinguishable from the rest of the wall here) but not too late to cut a bright swath of light across the lawn between the shadows of building and trees.


And finally, here’s a boring “as is” photo on an overcast day, with no light/shadow drama whatsoever. Except that, unlike in the photo above, where you could barely make out the four pipes, the cloud-dispersed “soft” light wraps the tiniest bit of shadowing around the base of each pipe to give it some shape.

So that’s today’s post. As one might say in a Facebook status, I’m “feeling grateful” for a beautiful Wisconsin summer day. Sunny and slightly breezy, with temperatures right around 70 dgrees. Perfect.


About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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4 Responses to Sun and shadows, 12:33 pm on August 22

  1. That would make a fabulous montage at your next gallery showing!! I swear you should just mount these in the museum outside your office! Those are as good or better than anything in there!!
    🙂 karen

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  2. Isn’t it funny how you can look at the same thing at different times of the day and it is completely different? It’s funny because the first thing I saw was the gas meter…lol I worked for a gas company for 20 years.

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    • Lol, that makes perfect sense to me! I wondered if that was a gas meter or something else. Did you notice how I tried to fudge it by saying “utilities”? Now I know for sure that it’s the gas pipes and meter, thanks to you!

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