Shadow of Myself

Some of you already follow shoreacres aka Linda Leinen and it’s my loss that I didn’t follow her two blogs earlier. I found the post Shadow Play yesterday and Linda has kindly given me permission to re-post it on my blog. The photo of the beautiful blue dasher was taken by Linda.

The photo of the shadowy figure below Linda’s post is one that I took of myself in 2017 and beside it you’ll find links to Linda’s blogs.

Shadow Play

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Blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Although written for children, Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem titled “My Shadow” would be nearly as appropriate for this dragonfly. Dragonflies may or may not recite poetry, but they’re able to cast remarkably large shadows.

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 arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.


The above is re-posted from  Shadow Play  by Linda Leinen dated May 18, 2019.

Linda has two blogs – I found Shadow Play at her photography blog  Lagniappe.

The Task at Hand  is Linda’s primary blog site: her place for essays, stories and poetry.

Posted by Liz, Exploring Colour (2019)


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  1. This is a very interesting, unusual and beautiful photo of a Blue Dasher dragonfly. It brings to mind a quote, of which I am rather fond : “The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.” – Gregory Maguire. The poem pairs quite nicely with the photo, I think even R.L.Stevenson would have agreed! Thank-you!

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  2. Namaste, Ms. Liz! It’s me, Benjamin! I really, really love this blue dragonfly with its beautifulest blue shadow. Do you know why your shadow is your bestest friend? Cause it might hide, but it never leaves you! Gem told me that when I was littler and cried cause I couldn’t find my shadow, it was just hiding! Thank you and Bye!

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    1. Kia ora Benjamin! I have such a huge smile on my face – thank you for telling me why my shadow is my bestest friend.. I had never thought about it like that! The blue dragonfly is very beautiful and I’m glad you love it too! Sending you a big hug, dragon boy 🙂 Thank you Benjamin. Bye!


  3. My, how tall you are. I did a selfie once with my long shadow tipping my hat.That was before cell phones. It’s the best picture of me ever. 😉 This is a fine image of a nice dragonfly by Linda.

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  4. That poem was a part of my childhood as well: so much so that at least the first lines come to mind whenever I see a particularly charming shadow. I enjoyed your shadowy image. I finally took a selfie and posted it on my About page: it amused me no end that it was a shadow, too.

    Thank you so much for featuring this pretty dragonfly. It made me happy, and I’m glad it pleased you.

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