I like the sun’s lighting in the fall. It seems brighter, crisper, and the light it gives off doesn’t appear as harsh as the summer months. This time of year the sun also seems to rise and set much slower than in the warm months. The sun is also lower in the sky and its lower angle casts interesting shadows that crisscross the landscape, creating intriguing shapes and patterns.
The early morning and late afternoon shadows appear highly symmetrical or linear. They can also be fuzzy and distorted casting a shadow that appears much like an expressionist or abstract expressionist painting. Many of the shadows generated by the crisp fall sunshine often do not represent their origin. A steel fence could look like a simple grid pattern painted on cement. A street lamp could appear as an ancient battle-axe, or the ribbing of a park bench may take on the look similar to a chess board.
Like most urban bicycle riders, I’m tuned into vehicle traffic and the surrounding environment while riding. I also keep a sharp eye to the road, always looking out for pot holes, broken glass, or other debris. So I notice the shadows more and I like how they spread out in front of me or shoot off into the distance on either side of me. There are plenty of captivating shadows this time of year and many seem to stretch out forever. They can be quite a sight!