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Week 119

People

Over the past twelve months, or so,

we have seen people doing many things.

Sun-baking on a stone beach at Nice.

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Many of us grumble that our early entry to

the Palace of Versailles was not that privileged…

until we completed our tour and sighted

the line of people waiting to enter.

 

More people at Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.

 

 By comparison, to some of the European sites we visited,

London’s Trafalgar Square

was almost empty.

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Pic and Word Challenge: People

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Weekly Photo Challenge-2017-Favourites

 

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My contribution for this week’s challenge…

2017 Favourites

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Hard to believe 2017 is almost over.

Some of my favourites photos from this year are random.

The exception being my visit to the

Western Front in France and Belgium mid-year.

Early morning at Corio Bay

I like the silhouette of the lone fisherman.

Maybe better if there had been no horizon…only water.

 

Reflections of a still, foggy morning.

One of my favourite photography spots.

 With Autumn came a surprise as MGW

had booked us a Hot Air Balloon flight…

 over Melbourne to celebrate

our 30th wedding anniversary.


An early morning sunrise shoot at

Point Lonsdale Lighthouse provided another surprise.

Two minutes of this rainbow after an

otherwise uneventful shoot.

I love this photo taken at Torquay in March.

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Now the most moving photos of 2017.

These all come from France and Belgium

where my Grandfather served during World War I.

I only pray the world never sees anything like this again

Whether it was Fromelles Military Cemetery

and its cohort of Australian Soldiers

only recently discovered in mass graves,

or Tyne Cot Cemetery and its wall of 34,0000 names

of soldiers Missing in Action,

or the Menin Gate Last Post,

or the Polygon Woods Cemetery.

Many of the  photos can still bring a tear to my eye

mainly due to the suffering on both sides of the conflict

and the age of those interred at these cemeteries.

My Grandfather was described, by his superior officer,

as ‘old’ in a diary extract.

He was 28 at War’s end.

The same age as our eldest.

And we think he is still baby number 1.

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 I discovered that I had… more photos…

of cemetery fences…

than any other fence.

I also thought them…

a bit more interesting….

than other types of fence.

 

Gates were going to be a problem until I expanded

my thinking from farm gates to other gates.

Above is one of the gateways into York City….I hope.

 

 The gateway to Fromelles Military Cemetery.

I am not sure if other parts of the world know

about Fromelles Military Cemetery.

It contains the remains of over

258 British and Australian WW I soldiers

who were found in mass graves on the edge

of Pheasant Wood, just outside Fromelles.

The cemetery was established on 2010.

MGW  has a relative buried there.

Menin Gate entrance to Ypres,

in Belgium.

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Fences-Gates

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Remembrance-Day-2017

At 11 AM, on November 11th, 1918

War ceased in Europe.

The guns of the Western Front fell silent

after more than four years

of continuous warfare.Since then November 11 has always

been remembered as

Red Poppy, Armistice or Remembrance Day.

When we started daylight saving time

a few decades ago, there was some discussion

about remembering ‘an hour earlier’.

On the other side was a discussion that

either Australia had daylight savings time

during World War I, or it was

daylight saving in Europe.

I’m not sure if answer was found to that debate.

Now its a case of

Lest We Forget

at the eleventh hour,

of the eleventh day,

of the eleventh month.

Today is remembered with a

Poppy from the Somme Battlefields,

a scene displayed on a water tower

at Pozières.

And the Last Post at Menin Gate, Ypres.

Recently I discovered that the

Menin Gate Lions

actually belong to Australia….a 1936 gift,

  to the Australian War Memorial

from the Mayor of Ypres.

This year the Australian War Memorial has

loaned them back to Ypres.

 

Lest We Forget~~~~~