I love photographing shadows. I’m sure I drive my friends and family nuts when I see a really good one. I’ll either have them stand / pose or insist that we MUST return to that perfectly lite sidewalk and rewalk the walk. Whether it’s a person or an object, I am constantly fascinated by the visual impact of a shadow. Simply put, a shadow is the creation of darkness through the interception of light.  But I think shadows are free-spirited images of ourselves or, the object. Shadows are whimsical, difficult to control, extending this way and that. Sometimes they are bold and elongated out making us feel like tall giants.  Other times they are small or cannot be seen. This image was taken as I was walking in the parking lot at Compo Beach in Westport, CT. Anyone know why there was a “mermaid” effect? (PS, if you’re traveling solo, which I hope you will, look for your shadow.  Your free-spirited side is always good company.) Click to Follow!

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Castles and Spooks (Part 3)

At the end of Part 2 we were just leaving Sleepy Hollow and heading to Tarrytown, NY (which is right the town right next door.) You can bounce back and forth between these two towns when doing your tours. Also, make sure you walk through downtown Tarrytown. There are a lot of quaint shops and great restaurants. (Many Zagat rated) One of the residents of Tarrytown was Washington Irving who wrote the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle. Before I went on this trip, I ran out and got the book from the library. In the first paragraph of the story is description of this area that I fell in love with.

“Not far from this village, perhaps about two miles, there is a little valley, or rather lap of land, among high hills, which is one of the quietest places in the whole world. A small brook glides through it, with just murmur enough to lull one to repose; and the occasional whistle of a quail, or tapping of a woodpecker, is almost the only sound that ever breaks in upon the uniform tranquility.”

Our day in this beautiful area will begin with breakfast at the Castle on the Hudson

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