Shadow Delights

Youth Day, June 16th 2017, South Africa

Today is a public holiday here in South Africa, one that commemorates the Soweto Uprising of 1976. The day is celebrated on June 16 every year in order to recognise the role of youth in the liberation of South Africa from the Apartheid regime.

One of the things I really enjoy about public holidays is the sense that it is unexpected time out. For me, these days off are more precious than weekends because they offer time to just ‘be’.

One of my ‘happiness resolutions’ is: Be in the moment and enjoy now. I did that today. No worrying about tomorrow, no angst about what needs to be done – just unstructured time.

Shadows and kitty

Cuddlez in the shadows

It is getting cold, winter has arrived in the Southern Hemisphere. This morning it was a chilly 6°C, brrr. When I went outside to feed the kitties I noticed how warm it was on the back patio, which gets the full morning sun. I grabbed my cuppa and spent a few glorious moments letting the warmth of the sun penetrate into my bones. Of course, being social creatures when they want to be, the cats came out to join me – to sniff and scratch and roll in the grass.

The winter sun also creates delightfully long shadows. I love photographing shadows! Not one to let the opportunity pass me by, I snapped off a few shots of the shadows and the cats before the sun rose too high.

Spekboom and fence shadows

Spekboom and fence shadow

After half an hour or so, the sun rose sufficiently high for the shadows to disappear. Back inside, I opened the curtains wide in the rooms that receive the morning sun and spent a happy few hours appreciating the warmth and soft glow of light. I don’t often get to do this as I’m at work when the rooms are at their best. Today, I made the most of it.

Sunny glow

Appreciating the warm sun on my toes

I know that public holidays mean different things to different people. Some like to simply relax, others celebrate the day to commemorate historical events and others spend it with friends and family. What do they mean to you? Drop a comment below to get the conversation started.

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