The Mottled Path: Sunlight and Shadows

My kids and I found a beautiful path in the forest the other day, and I kept stopping in my tracks because the patterns of shadows and light spots were so amazing. My kids of course wanted to keep going, as kids tend to do, so I took a few photos to revisit later. I know it’s not a new concept: the meaning and symbolism of shadows and sun, darkness and light, but I am fascinated by all the unique nuances in between those opposites….so like ourselves.

We don’t get to choose: we get, and are made of, both shadows and light- and we need both.

“The light of grace is always shining, it’s always pouring down, though it’s refracted and scattered and easy to miss, and so one way to pray is to look back on the moments of our day and recall when we saw the light breaking through, and when we didn’t, when we felt it being blocked or opposed. This is the practice of joy: remembering.”

(excerpt from “Light When It Comes” by Chris Anderson)

“Maybe whatever seems to be so, we should speak so from our souls, never afraid, “Light” when it comes, “Dark” when it goes away.” (William Stafford)


Saskia Kidd

Photography: © Ora Et Decora 2017

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