Keep your face to the sunshine …

10-26-17 shadow

… and you cannot see a shadow.  ~Helen Keller

Well, it seems like forever since we saw Mr. Sun … oh yes, that gorgeous weekend that just passed.  You remember, don’t you?  Temps in the 70s, and people were walking around in tee-shirts and shorts.  Maybe even flip flops.

On that Sunday morning, while driving home after walking at Elizabeth Park, I noticed three signs that were rather ominous:

First, I noticed Bob Jo’s Frozen Custard stand in Wyandotte had closed for the season.  While their sign had touted their 70th year in business all season long, this time it said “C Ya in the Spring!”

Next, I noticed the City of Lincoln Park’s electronic sign in Memorial Park was already advertising “Breakfast With Santa” in December.

Lastly, the marquis at the Dairy Queen warned “Last Day is October 23rd!”

I scoffed at all these insinuations that the warm weather was indeed over and these were harbingers of things to come – after all we were enjoying a Summer-like day.

But, this morning I grabbed the ol’ earmuffs, gloves and a Winter coat before heading out the door as the temperature was near-freezing.  While it wasn’t quite polar fleece and puffy parka time, it was cold enough for a wisp of vapor to come out of your mouth … or nostrils.

Thankfully, no umbrella was needed because the sun put in a welcome appearance.  In fact, the sun did a good job of creating some pretty awesome shadows.

As I strolled along on the first loop of the perimeter path, I suddenly saw my shadow looming large in front of me.  It was accurate, right down to the inseam … well a 34-inch inseam, even if the picture of my shadow above seems to belong to a stilt walker.

That shadow made me chuckle, so I decided to take my picture – a shadow selfie of sorts.  And, before I had put my camera away, I found myself nearing the cement precipice, and, of course, I looked over to see if the Great Blue Heron was fishing this morning, and sure enough, there he stood in that icy-cold weather.  I backed up and took cover near some trees, thinking I’d get his image from a different angle, only to discover his body was casting a rather interesting shadow along the cement precipice wall.

So, there you have it – the morning sun and those ever-lengthening shadows as we creep closer to the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice.

Well, despite musing over those unique shadows, I glanced up to the sky, with the sun in my eyes, and landing on my upturned face, it sure felt good, but, after I took these pictures, I have to admit I tucked the camera away once again, then slipped on my warm gloves.  I guess it’s time to haul out those flip-top, fingerless mittens for future photo sessions and feeding the squirrels, unless of course, a quick freeze takes place over the next few days, so we could welcome in Indian Summer.  (Hint-hint Mother Nature.)

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.  ~Helen Keller

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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2 Responses to Keep your face to the sunshine …

  1. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda………..that is quite clever your elongated-legs-shadow picture…………………..hooray for the GBH’s sticking around in our Lincoln Park creek still………………………when i have time I will closely look at the recall list of foods…………………thank you


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Ann Marie – thank you … I thought it was interesting as I was walking along and looked up, so I decided to take a picture and see how it looked when I uploaded the pictures. That picture of the heron with its shadow made it perfect to use for this post. The heron is now there every day, always in the water, never looking at the water from the cement landing, but actually “fishing” in the water. Why didn’t he wade in the water when it was warmer is what I want to know?


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