Slovenian language has one word for both too, and it’s senca (pronounced like senza in Italian).
No, this is not a door post, but Leya asks for shadows and shades this week for Lens-Artists photo challenge and the featured Piran door has both meanings of the Slovenian word senca.
Senca sole would then mean “without sun”, which is what shade is, but for a shadow the sun or some other light source is required. Then there are also silhouettes and reflections. Once all this was thought over, the following twenty images surfaced.
Except three recent ones they are all from last year and as is my habit, were taken in Italy, where I live, and Slovenia where I’m from. Without even trying or counting, merely by feeling, I managed to choose ten from Italy and ten from Slovenia.
Italy comes first. This year not yet, but last autumn we did manage to go on a few trips with Flavia, such as to Tarquinia and Santa Severa, to Lakes Vico and Bracciano, and to certain waterfalls and a farm.
Our courtyard concludes the Italian half. It really doesn’t deserve to be called a garden but it has nice shadows. In one photo from this April you can see bestia how happy he is that the sun has finally reached our yard enough that he can lie in it at least partially.
Slovenia is represented by two locations and each gets five photos. Last June, when I was finally able to go there for the summer, I first arrived in Piran on the coast where I spent the quarantine with my parents, and then moved an hour inland to Ljubljana, the capital.
Piran is famous for its last light and magic sunsets, but I’m surprised to see many nice Ljubljana shadows as well that I must have taken for granted since this is where I was born. Hopefully soon again.
In the meantime, the heat has arrived in a matter of a few days. By now bestia is hiding from the sun in his corner under the hedge, and on our walks is happiest to walk in the shade of my shadow. Smart dog.
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Leya: Shades and Shadows
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