Travel theme: Shadows

Tomorrow, February 2nd, groundhogs all around the US will be shuffling out of their burrows to predict the weather. Legend has it that if it is sunny and the groundhog sees his shadow, he will return to his burrow and there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy and no shadow appears, spring promises to be just around the corner. The most famous of these groundhogs is a dapper little fellow by the name of Punxsutawney Phil from Punxsutawney Pennsylvania, made famous by one of my favourite Bill Murray comedies, Groundhog Day.

However, there are many other hard-working groundhogs of note, including Chattanooga Chuck from Chattanooga Tennessee, Woodstock Willie from Woodstock Illinois, Dunkirk Dave from (you guessed it) Dunkirk New York and Chuckles from Manchester Connecticut (apparently nobody explained groundhog naming etiquette to the kind folk of Manchester).

In celebration of these brave little groundhogs, I gathered together a few photos of shadows for this week’s travel theme; some cows and their shadows grazing in the California hills, a lone fisherman looking for a catch in the Hudson River alongside the USS Intrepid and a shadowy window in Castle Clinton looking out over New York’s Battery Park.

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castle clinton battery park new york city us usa america travel

So get ready with your own shadowy post and let’s dedicate this week’s travel theme to groundhogs everywhere, especially Chuckles. If you would like to join in the travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Shadows
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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Don’t stay in the shadows – join in the fun! Looking forward to your post.



About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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186 Responses to Travel theme: Shadows

  1. Judy Lesko says:

    Great back story on Ground Hog Day and love your Shadow pix!

  2. markd60 says:

    Those are the hugest groundhogs I ever saw in that top picture! Dang!

  3. Angelia Sims says:

    I LOVE that movie too. So funny! Well, I hope he sees his shadow. It gets too hot here, too quick, if we have an early spring *ducks snowballs from Northerners*. Love your shadows. I will be on the lookout for some this week.

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  7. A fun theme, Ailsa, and definitely some “digging out” was needed here :).
    These are mine:

  8. Interesting story and great photo!

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  10. loganbruin says:

    Mmmmmm, moo meat! Must remember to get a country-fried steak for lunch today. . . something I could not get in 3 weeks on a Navy ship!
    Escaping the cold darkness for its moment in the sun is my entry:

  11. John says:

    Spring cant come soon enough!

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  13. So, Groundhog Day. We have two options: either the groundhog pronounces that we get Six. More. Weeks. of this miserable winter, or Spring’s coming in a month and a half!! 🙂
    Here are my shadows for the week:

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  17. scsurfbutler says:

    Shadows anyone? Thanks for heads up on groundhogs day. I really enjoy your weekly travel themes. Here is my entry

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  19. ShopTwinkle says:

    Another fun challenge. And I love the groundhog story – might have to watch the film again tomorrow. I’ve posted one of my favourite Barcelona shadows:

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  22. aj vosse says:

    Shadows in Ireland? 😉 I’ll have to go back many summers to find some of those! 😛

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  26. petit4chocolatier says:

    Excellent story and love the photos!

  27. thephotoseye says:

    Wonderful photos and another great challenge….here are my shadows –

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  30. livvy30 says:

    Lovely photos Ailsa. I’m delighted we don’t have groundhogs here-the sun is splitting the stones!

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  32. A fun theme, Ailsa! 😀

    Here are my shadows:

    Have a light weekend, my friends.

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  35. Lyle says:

    Love the shadows that light created, here are my contributions, wish I had more but it is the rainy season here.

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  37. Hey Ailsa, another fun challenge for Groundhog Day!! I don’t have any groundhog shadows here in Oman, but there are date palm shadows aplenty:

  38. ledrakenoir says:

    Wonderful shots related the shadows… 🙂

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