Shadows on a Wall

Shadows on a Wall, originally uploaded by Harold Davis.

I came across these shadows on a cliff wall hiking the other day in Yosemite. Seeing them made me wonder – like the Platonic description of the life being flickering shadows on a cave wall – if all we are seeing are shadows (compared with the real thing).

Is the photo showing a shadow? Do the shapes make a glyph? Is the shadow more real than the tree that made it?

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