This time of the year -- the end of fall, the beginning of winter -- is the time when shadows come out to play. Here in western North Carolina all the leaves have left the trees -- so their bare branches stand out against the late fall sky. During the summer there are few shadows - mostly shade from all of the leafed out trees. But now those bare branches and the clear golden sunshine combine to give me shadows when I walk.
I love this time of the year. I love being able to see the mountains in the distance because they are no longer hidden in the denseness of the leafy trees. I love the sunshine which often appears in all its glory after we've suffered through some grey, cloudy days. I love the fact that the shadows of the trees are before me on the pavement as I walk up the hill and that I can walk over the shadows and marvel at the shapes that they take.
Even though this is the 'shadow time' I feel that I can see more clearly at this time of year than at any other.
"Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides." - Junichiro Tanizaki