Saturday, July 14, 2007

Shadow(s) (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

For this week's Photo Hunt, I'm putting up a self-portrait of myself; or, more accurately, of my shadow. Looking at that photograph, memories come flooding back of the day I went hiking in Penang National Park with some friends some months back...

Okay, at this juncture, I'm going to throw out a couple of meta-blogging notes as opposed to the usual and more informative texts that I try to include in my photo hunt entries:-

1) Although I've felt rather privileged -- as well as intimidated -- to have a "head shot" of myself be put up on the blog of someone I greatly respect, this by no means mean that I'm inclined to follow suit and put up pictures of myself on this here blog by which other people can recognize me. Chalk it down to shyness or, at least, wanting to preserve some privacy (even while sharing a lot of my thoughts and experiences on this blog).

Also, to my disagreeing with the reader who posted comments on
this blog's sole entry (thus far) that's badminton-focused to the effect that there wasn't enough on the blog for him to be able to form a picture of who I am (and what I do) because I don't tend to include all that many details about my "profession, bit of family and friend network, and...opinions on topics that touch [me, like] life, work, politics, religion, etc." But, well, even if you agree with that reader, there you have it, and that's that on the subject!

2) I get the feeling that most, even if not all, Photo Hunters who are good enough to visit my blog don't seem inclined to check out the non Photo Hunt entries -- even those that are picture heavy. Is this true? If not, here's encouraging you to also leave comments on those other blog entries that you visit; this not least because, for better or worse, I tend to use the number -- and quality -- of comments per post as a measurement of which posts are more popular and which less so.

Thank you, and now back to regular programming(!):-

The day that I went hiking in the world's smallest national park, it was a super-hot day. Although this made for a more tiring hiking experience than it otherwise would have been, there was at least one bit of compensation: that is, and especially when our group reached our destination of Pantai Keracut, a beach deep inside Penang National Park that's considered to be the furthest beach from "civilization" as represented by the urban and densely populated portions of Penang Island, the bright sunshine and beautiful blue skies that came with the hot and humid weather made for the landscapes that unfolded in front of our eyes frequently turning out to be a photographer's delight.

To get a taste of what I mean, take a look at the second photograph in this Photo Hunt entry. And for those who haven't previously seen them, should you feel inclined to check out more photographs that I took on that hiking trip, here's where you should go to do so... :)


Lynn said...

So that is your shadow. I was thinking it was an old, old picture of some boy. :) Happy weekend!

Gattina said...

Your shadow looks funny ! Made me laugh ! For the rest I have to come back, it's just too long for a photo hunting day when I have to answer the comments I've got.

Jenn in Holland said...

Thanks for coming by! I actually missed you photo hunters last weekend too! (but I had a great weekend)
I love the shadow shot, and your memories.

CRIZ LAI said...

Very creative shot on the shadows. I actually thought it was the shadow of a boy. Nice description of the National Park too. Planning to follow my whole "shouters" group there for some hiking maybe in early August. Have a nice weekend!

jennyr said...

beautiful park! great choice for this wk...happy hunting!

lissa 07 said...

That's looks like a peaceful place to visit. Odd looking shadow.

Anonymous said...

wow, great interpretation!!

Anonymous said...

That is original, and good photos. Thanks for sharing.

Teena in Toronto said...

Cool shot! I love the greenery!

Mine's up too :)

YTSL said...

Hi Lynn --

Teeheehee re your mistaking my shadow for an old, old picture of some boy! Though, in fairness, I do have short hair and -- for the hike -- had on a baseball cap and baggy cargo pants... ;D

Hi Gattina --

Am glad I could add some laughs to your day! :b

Hi Jenn in Holland --

You're welcome and thanks as ever for your kind comments. :)

Hi Criz --

Hope you have a great time in Penang National Park when you visit it. :)

Hi Jennyr --

Thanks and happy hunting to you too! :)

Hi Lissa --

Pantai Keracut is indeed quite a peaceful place. Yes, it's popular among hikers, etc. But it does take some effort to get there. So it's not all that crowded, etc. :)

Hi tegdirb92 and kissedalotoftoads --

Thanks and thanks! :)

Hi Teena --

Not much green in the "Shadow" photo but you betcha and am glad you liked it re many of the others from the park. :)

jmb said...

I always like your information posts for Photo Hunt but this one is interesting too.
Sometimes I'm amazed when someone from Photo Hunt leaves a comment on another post.
Great photos, what a beautiful place that was at Penang Park

ipanema said...

I love nature trails. However, I think my age and my knees will succumb to the hike. :)

Lovely photo. That's an original idea for the theme by the way. :)

Anonymous said...

I love both pictures!

In all honesty, no, I don't look at other posts when I visit photo hunters' blogs besides the photo hunt picture for the day. It's hard enough just to do that, there are so many. I like to visit as many as possible, I love to see what people come up with for the theme -- and if I stopped to look around on each person's blog, I'd only get to a few. However sometimes something else -- another picture or something on their sidebar, etc., will catch my eye and I'll look around a bit, just depending on what I can do that day. Some Saturdays are busier than others.

Andree said...

I like how you phrased "self-portrait (of my shadow)": it has given me ideas for my own self-portrait!! I hate to hike on hot days, you're a hardy soul!

YTSL said...

Hi jmb --

Thanks for regularly visiting and enjoying a whole bunch of my (photo hunt) posts thus far.

Re the "amazed" part: Would you be really amazed if I told you that I have bookmarked yours and a few other Photo Hunters' blogs? :)

Hi ipanema --

I'm not as young as I used to be either and have a bad knee along with a bad back, etc.! And yes, hiking can be a struggle but, at the end of the day and/or looking back, a lot of it can feel quite worth it! :)

Hi Barbara H --

Thanks for the honesty. I've gathered as much for a lot of Photo Hunters but for myself, I've found myself gradually visiting fewer blogs and spending more time and reading more posts at some blogs. Quality over quantity?

Hi meeyauw --

Am glad I gave you ideas for self-portraits! As for hiking on hot days: in Malaysia, one has no choice -- it's always hot. Rather, where I draw my line is hiking during RAINY days... ;b

Anonymous said...

Good to see you are looking well, or at least your shadow! Actually, your shadow is pretty much the way I remember it back in the day. ;-)

And I love reading your blog too!

A. said...

Love your photos: the first because of the outlines, and the second for the greenery and peace.

To answer you points:

I too keep some anonymity, even quite a lot. I'm not entirely sure why but I would feel uncomfortable revealing more to the world at large.

I do look around other blogs, have sometimes left comments, but only rarely has anyone ever done the same to me. You, I know, are one of the exceptions - the mosquito nets post! I understand what Barbara H is saying - it does take time.

A. said...

PS (sorry about this, I can keep going indefinitely when started :))

I had expected more "blog wandering" when I started up with Photo Hunters. I was very aware that many people on the blogroll have very different outlooks from mine, so I've been careful what I post before and after the Photo Hunt. It doesn't seem to be necessary :)

YTSL said...

Hi "anonymous" --

Hmmmm, I get this feeling that you know me and I think I know you. If this is so, good to hear from you again and drop me some more lines over at my e-mail address, okay? :)

Hi A. --

Yes, well, re the mosquito nets post -- I couldn't resist! And I do know where Barbara H. is coming from too. After all, the more blogs you visit, the more blog visitors you get in turn. But... ;)

As for your 2nd message: Ditto re so much what of what you wrote! :)