It is the little shadow…


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What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night.

It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime.

It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.

~ Crowfoot’s last words, 1890

Crowfoot (C. 1821-30 to 1890), Head Chief of the Siksika First Nation in Canada. Click HERE for more…

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101 thoughts on “It is the little shadow…

  1. Oh my, I absolutely love this one from start to finish! I am insanely jealous of the way your very powerful quote works with your beautiful shots (especially the last). Wonderful response!!


  2. Hi Amy,
    I can’t compete with Crowfoot’s words in any way, but when I look at the 2nd picture I’d say “life is a sparkle of dew on the leaves”.
    Have a great Sunday,


  3. What is life? A very physiological question from Crowfoot. By choosing the firefly with its short burst of light he recognized that our lives go by quickly. The breath of the Buffalo on a winter day is an illustration that life is in the breath and our last days are the wintertime of life when we draw our last breath. Your pictures of the dew on the grass are a perfect reflection of Crowfoot’s words for the dew quickly disappears with the rising of the sun. But the very light of the sun is what made the pictures so beautiful to begin with. A great reminder of being in the moment.


    • Well interpreted, Patrick! I appreciate you sharing your insight of this quote, that indeed helped me understand the deep meaning of the quote and why I love about it. It was believed that Crowfoot said it on his last day (took me a while to pick these two pics.)

      Thank you so much for linking my humble pics with this great quote so beautifully, Patrick. Thank you for spending time here.

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  4. Reminds me a bit of Shakespeare in Macbeth, “Life’s but a walking shadow…” although that came from a more cynical and much darker place than the way it was expressed by Crowfoot. In any case life is certainly a fragile gift. Beautiful clicks, and a brilliant interpretation of the challenge!


  5. Amy, I like your photos, particularly the first one (it’s the same as the last one, right?) I wanted to tell you how much I liked it, but after reading everyone else’s comment, I couldn’t come up with any new things to say ;-( I just love it! Helen


    • I hear you, Helen! Your comment touches me so much! It’s so wonderful that we know we are communicating through our photos (post) even we can’t come up with any thing to say. Thank you for your kind words ❤
      Btw, I put made smaller version of the last one (as I do often) is to ensure this one gets to the reader rather than the larger version. 🙂

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  6. Life is heaven in your hands my lovely Amy !
    Beautiful thoughts accompany your masterful photos ; love the detailed close-ups and the refreshing water droplets! Superb lighting and Bokeh dof in your last photo! Great work as always my dearest friend 🙂
    Love ❤ & hugs :)))))))) xxx


    • I’m late on response your comments, dear Doda. So happy to know you like the details of the droplets. At the right temperature in the early morning, the rain droplets are in beautiful round shape. I was hoping you’d like this one. Thank you, my dear friend. ❤ ❤ xxx

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      • Of course I did dear Amy ! The round droplets there look like huge extravagant gems my friend! I should have expressed my thoughts on this gorgeous photo too,but it is never too late for you to know that it was a most exquisite photo !!! Love to you ❤ my beloved friend ! I was away from WP for a week and now I have to catch up.Soon I will be visiting your recent work 🙂 ❤ xxx


    • I guess I captured these droplets on the grass at the right time of the morning. They melt quickly when the temperature is up. Thank you for visiting and comment, Isabel!


  7. The beautiful, fragile images melt so naturally with the words you have chosen. I have read them before and, finding so powerful, “saved” on the back of my mind but didn’t know who the author was. Thank you very much for sharing!


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