Sunday, July 10, 2011

Shadow Shot Sunday: Dogwood Park

As British Columbia's main port, Vancouver attracts immigrants from every part of the world, many of them coming from South Asia. In countless neighbourhoods, including my own, this migration is reflected in the numerous nationalities that co-mingle on our streets.  
I love living in the midst of this cultural diversity, and particularly enjoy when my Indian friends and co-workers prepare for weddings by decorating their hands and feet with mehndi. There is a unique and striking beauty to the art of drawing patterns and designs with henna that is simply breathtaking.

On a recent walk through Dogwood Park in nearby South Surrey, my attention was caught by the dappled shadows that patterned the dusty trails. 

They struck me as being
 similar to mehndi,
 though paling by
comparison with 
the complexity and
detail found in
the traditional
Asian adornment.

This off-leash dog park is
 a favourite for our Sunday
 jaunts. The lacy canopy 
offers wonderful shade
from the hot summer
 sun, a treat for dogs
and people alike

If dogs could smile,
you would see
Meeghan with a
grin on her face
every minute of
the time we spend
 in this park!

For a variety of wonderful shadow shots, do stop by Hey, Harriet and check out Tracy's Shadow Shot Sunday. You'll be very glad you did...


Debra She Who Seeks said...

As Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, "Glory be to God for dappled things . . . . "

the wild magnolia said...

The name is right on, Imagination Lane. Imagination and observation. Passion. Simple beauty.

Thank you for sharing!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Mehndi on the hands and mehndi on the trails! Both are lovely!


Shadows here and shadows there,
Shadows, shadows everywhere!
Shadows left and shadows right;
Shadows dancing through the night!
Shadows crouching on the wall;
Shadows spring and shadows fall
On the unsuspecting guest,
Who thought shadows offered rest!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Cathedral at Night

Kay L. Davies said...

Meeghan is so cute, Lynette. What fun for her to walk off-leash.
Your lacy shadows are gorgeous. What fun for you to find them!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

adrielleroyale said...

Oh I love these!! It's kind of funny - last weekend, my hubby's cousins were looking at me like I had lost my marbles because I was photographing the shadows on the ground! :) Mine didn't turn out nearly as well as these though. :)

Hey Harriet said...

Dogwood Park looks like a lovely spot! Your dog sure appears very happy. What a cutie! I hope you have a super week ahead :)

Pat said...

Those are beautiful dappled shadows, and I like your comparison of the shadows with the mehndi designs. The mehndi looks like henna designs that women in Niger have on their arms and hands for a wedding ceremony or other important events.

Deborah said...

Gorgeous photo's as always and I just LOVE the one of Meeghan :o)

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good and nice photos.


aka Penelope said...

One’s own body can provide a beautiful canvas for artistic designs. How astute it is to also discover similar shadow drawings along your path, Lynette! I, too, find such lacey patterns on the forest floor. I can see that the intricate branch shadows in this park where pets and people freely roam would definitely make Meegan smile. :)

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Beautiful photos, Lynette - your park is amazing! Jas actually can smile, goldens have smiley faces........she never stops grinning since we moved, a much happier girl. Meeghan looks so adorable, looking back to make sure her peeps are close behind!

Mad Kane said...

I enjoyed the photos and the commentary!

Mad Kane

jabblog said...

Wonderful shadows - and the comparison you drew was spot on.