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Okay, But, Seriously, What the Hell is Going On With My Shadow Here

I’m genuinely confused as to what’s actually happening here, and I crave your insight. Help me in this moment of crisis.

— JS

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

42 replies on “Okay, But, Seriously, What the Hell is Going On With My Shadow Here”

Due to Presidents’ Day, your regular shadow was unavailable. The backup shadow usually works nights and was trying to get the hang of this sunlight.

I’ll bite at the bait. Your yard is uphill from the mailbox and you have a small drainage ditch running across the front of the photo. The angle of the sun makes the mailbox look huge because the door looks like part of the box. Your shadow looks short because it’s all on the downhill portion of the ditch and the POV of the camera matches the angle of the ditch visually shortening your shadow.

Is there an elephant behind you? Their trunk is clearly casting a shadow.

(The next pet in the Scalzi Compound: little elephant escapes from a crooked circus, finds loving new home!)

Well, it looks to me like those branches must be higher than we can see, so it’s high branches apparently casting a shadow from a different direction. I like Granny Roberta’s explanation too. I hope the angst doesn’t interfere too much with your regular routine.

(Situation A): You walked all the way to the mailbox & opened to realize that its a bank/national holiday & were cursing yourself for having taken the unnecessary exercise.

(Situation B): You were informed that you had received an important package in your mailbox, walked down to find it empty @ the exact same moment that Krissy sent you a text stating that she grabbed said package on her way out that morning & now has it safely in her possession, thereby FORCING you to WAIT to get said gem, a new multi-fret board slider that you were going to go play with on the (now slightly old) mega-super-guitar. (damnit Krissy, will your efficiency EVER know a boundary?!?!)

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