Sunday, December 19, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday #1


Such an inhospitable environment for new life to survive and thrive.

This tiny seedling reminded me of many students I used to work with, their surroundings were barren and they were parched of love and nutriment. Yet despite the odds they clung on, absorbing what they could to nurture themselves.

I like the long shadow of the stem that's hidden behind the tiny leaves. This plantlet looked so fragile, yet defiant in the face of the inevitable crowds that will cut short its life once the holidays begin.

A busy beach is no place for a tiny plant to grow.


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Hey Harriet hosts Shadow Shot Sunday.

A Drabble is a story in 100 words. No more, no less.

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11 comments:

Boonie S said...

Great photo. Wonderful analogy. Lovely post.

Have a great day, Boonie

sue said...

thanks so much for your kind comments Boonie, and for encouraging me to contribute.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Oh my gosh, this is so artfully done!!

I played shadow shot for the first time today...My LINK

Stop by if you can.

Hey Harriet said...

What a sweet tiny plant. Growing on the beach? I think it needs a little beach umbrella! A lovely photo and story accompanying it. Thanks so much for joining in Shadow Shot Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas :)

Helen Ginger said...

Great picture. I love the way you can only see what the plant really looks like by looking at the shadow. And your story makes the reader feel for the plant and its short life.

Miss Becky said...

wow, I have to say, in my tour of shadow shots, this is one of my faves. story and photo- beautiful.

amanda said...

this is really cool, i've never seen a seedling like this in sand - grass & reeds in sand yes, but this ... this is new!

sue said...

Hootin' Anni: I sure will have a look at your first contribution. This was my first too, it's fun isn't it! It's made me look at the world differently.

Hey Harriet: Thanks for hosting, and encouraging. Now we just need the weather to return to Summer again.

Helen: Thanks for having a look at my contribution. I suspect the little plant will be gone already, it was sure to be trampled. On a sombre note, not all my students survived either. I think we need to grow in more than sand to flourish.

Miss Becky: Thankyou so much. It was my first contribution, and I was quite hesitant to post it. Everyone's kind words may well encourage me to continue!

Amanda: I have no idea what the plant was. There were other similar seedlings about, but nothing large. I've seen them before on that particular beach. I suppose over Summer they either dehydrate, or get stomped on. I think I'd better have a better look next time I go there!

Sylvia K said...

I can only repeat what Boonie has written and it is so very true, Sue! A beautiful and very meaningful post for the day, Sue! And a perfect shadow shot for the day! Hope your new year is off to a great start with lots of love and laughter! Enjoy!

Sylvia

chubskulit said...

Such a cute shadow!

Come see the shadows at Nostalgic Marveling, happy new year!

sue said...

thanks for visiting Sylvia, and for the good wishes.
chubskulit - shadows are intriguing aren't they.