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Gone for Lunch.

By helenlinda
Three year olds seem completely oblivious to the fact that their things need tidying up. In the Nursery we usually turn some music on, shake a tambourine or use some other means to convey that its time to start the process. However for many children this just triggers them walking around shouting "tidy up time" rather than actually contributing to the great clear up. Outside play is no better, and bikes etc just get "left" where they fall. Of course at lunch time this creates some interesting shadows for me, so I have found the silver lining. However for the cloud it takes most of the year to instil some good routines into them. WinkWinkWinkWink
Naturally this is one from the past - I no longer teach at Raddlebarn, and the playground is still in a state of being "worked on" for the new Nursery building. But the day is approaching when new shadows will appear "from on high". That is because there is a covered area with a circular hole or window in the roof which will create circular shadows on the ground below. I for one can't wait to investigate with my camera on a sunny day.
Many thanks for clicks and comments on yesterday's upload, and especially to Chris for her much appreciated User Award
Enjoy your weekend, which will be an hour shorter because the clocks move on tonight. But won't it be wonderful to have more light in the evenings SmileSmileSmile

Tags: Bike Transport Specialist and abstract Playground Raddlebarn school Saturday shadows

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CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
29 Mar 2014 9:43AM
Super shadows, Helen, and thanks for reminding us about the clocks going forward. I couldn't agree with you more, another hour of daylight at the end of the day is always welcome Smile Carol

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pascalg Plus
10 37 France
29 Mar 2014 9:47AM
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 9:52AM
Thank you Carol and Pascal SmileSmile
mistere Plus
4 4 3 England
29 Mar 2014 9:57AM
Super saturday shadows.

9 10 10 England
29 Mar 2014 10:02AM
As long as the message get through in the end eh? Enjoyed reading your message Helen and thinking back to when the kids were little. Good shadows.
helenlinda Plus
10 360 22 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 10:08AM
Thanks Dave and Joan SmileSmile
29 Mar 2014 10:40AM
good title Helen brought a smile

fine shadows

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
29 Mar 2014 11:05AM
Brilliant shadow,I often find schoolyard to be very good for shadowsSmile
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
29 Mar 2014 11:58AM
Very nice shadows.
Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 1:01PM
So typical of children! They do everything at school when asked to tidy up
but never at home!
Kate GrinGrinGrin
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Mar 2014 2:08PM
Well seen Saturday Shadows, Helen - not just from the main subject, but also in the background too Smile
Trev Smile
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 2:26PM
Wonderful shadows Helen. My children always went deaf when the phrase ' Tidy up ' was used.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 2:53PM
An abstract plus a very human story. I love this one, beautifully done.
pablophotographer 6 935 334
29 Mar 2014 2:59PM
hi Helen.

I like your picture not for the shadows but for the contrast of 'natural mono' and the colours (red and yellow).

I would have cropped the top part a bit so much so that the horizontal siverline above the gate is not visible.

ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
29 Mar 2014 3:20PM
Abandoned but not forgotten ....a great story as well...some kids never learn to tidy up even when grown up, my husband is one of them.....well captured
AnneB50 5 118 18 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 4:18PM
I like this picture for all sorts of reasons, the yellow lines leading up to the scooter, contrasting red and yellow against the mono playground, the fact that the yellow lines are a mirror image of the shadows of the railings and the story just tops it off.

morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 4:21PM
Superb shot, excellent composition , light and shadows, love the title to

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
29 Mar 2014 5:43PM
Those shadows are magnificent!
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 5:44PM
I agree with Colleen, my partner never learnt to do it, at least not as a general rule, but there can be an occasional tidying surge, though it takes no time for it for everything to revert back to normal.
A good strong shadowy-type image, Helen, I like the red of the scooter and the touches of yellow stripes.
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 6:02PM
I am going to set your description to one side as it rather detracts from this powerful image that could tell so many stories. A strong, evocative image that stands alone very well.
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
29 Mar 2014 6:31PM
Wonderfully captured great image, Helen. Super shadows.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2014 7:50PM
I like the story - the one without a picture where you can make your own story BUT I also like the story you tell in your description so, it's the best of both worlds for meWink
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
29 Mar 2014 9:02PM
Splendid shadows Helen.
Good colours too.
Source 7
29 Mar 2014 11:02PM
- source
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
30 Mar 2014 7:30AM
You have used the shadows to fine effect in this pleasing composition.

JawDborn Plus
6 1.1k 1 England
30 Mar 2014 4:42PM
Great shot, Helen. Love the long shadows., and the texture in the tarmac.
There is a 58 year old in our house who is completely oblivious to the fact that things need tidying up .And it is not ME

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