Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shadow Shots: In Honor of John Pep Panelli

In Honor of John Panelli

It struck as sweet and poignant, this gentle butterfly poised on a memorial stone, its fragile wings shading the name of a loved one.

Curious, I Googled the honoree, John Pep Panelli, and was surprised when I actually found him: John Panelli, Man of Action. He was a fullback at Notre Dame from 1945-1948, and according to the article he was "a fast and very cagey runner, a smashing blocker and a 'savage' tackler on defense. When Panelli hit them 'they stayed hit'."

You gotta love the irony.

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Ralph said...

The butterfly speaks of life and living. To fall upon this brick of a famous tough football player, it seems to indicate the softer side. No doubt this player had a soft side too, at least off the playing field. A study in opposites here!

sarayutouched said...

very cool shot and post!!!

Ms. Becky said...

well I knew I was enamored by the photo but what you found about the headstone is intriguing. that flutter is very beautiful. this is a wonderful shadow shot. so subtle and the textures are fantastic. happy SSS.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A butterfly for a bruiser!


Shadows above me,
Shadows below;
Some shadows swift and
Some shadows slow;
All of these shadows,
It’s plain to see,
Are my compadres—
Sweet company!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Scissor Those Shadows!

EG Wow said...

I really like this arty shadow shot - the butterfly's shadow on the sandy brick. Cool!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful butterfly and shadow and what a fascinating post for the day! How great to find such an interesting biography to go with your shadow shot! I love it! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!


Anonymous said...

The butterfly is exquisite. Beautifully captured.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Ironic indeed....and so so fitting that the beauty of the butterfly decided to be there when you were.

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Have a terrific Sunday.

Daryl said...

what a wonderful shot/post made all the better by your Googling!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photo.
Thank you google, and thank you, for sharing.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Wonderful photography.


Jeanette said...

Nice photo. The butterfly brillant with color casting its soft shadow upon the brick. And it inspired you to search out the story of the person the brick is dedicated to, and then to share it with us!
Great Post!