The first day of each month is a theme day for members of City Daily Photo, and for June, the theme is Shadow And Highlight, which comes from Robert Crowe at St. Louis Daily Photo, the first photo blog I ever followed. Have a look over at his page, and check out how other bloggers are taking on this theme here.
I went with several shots. This first one is back from late April or early May, a sunrise shot, probably the last before late in the year, since the sun is up way too early now. I'm looking west here at the campus of Carleton University. While much is still in shadow, the dawn is lighting up Dunton Tower, the highest building on campus.
Early morning light also plays into this shot, taken at Dundonald Park, where this former Orthodox church is backlit by the rising sun. The building has been converted into residences.
I like how morning light lit up this mural, outside a small downtown grocer, casting the shadow of a utility pole onto the surface.
I also liked the interplay of shadow and light on these scilla in Central Park in the Glebe. These tiny blue blooms last just a few days, showing up in late April.
I am in the midst of a series on the Canadian Tulip Festival. This is a case of tulips having been transplanted. Also in Central Park, this pair are planted among the treeline, cast largely in shadow. I imagine it's possible they were dug up and replanted by a devious squirrel or two.
I was heading to Dow's Lake to photograph tulip beds there one afternoon when the garden outside this home caught my eye. The late afternoon sun was shining directly on the tulips, while the house itself was starting to fall into shadow.
A shadow of another kind, this from the overhanging tree, shelters these deep purple tulips, with just hints of sunlight reaching them at this time of day, outside a home downtown.
And I finish where I started, at Carleton University. I was leaving one evening in early May, and took a number of shots of the late day sun. This shot, with the sun broken up by the tree, seemed to fit the theme.