After ‘hosting’ major infantry fighting
in two World Wars…
France’s Western Front Battlefields.
Many towns have small ammunition dumps
similar to this one.
These dumps contain unexploded ammunition
and shrapnel which farmers recover
while working their fields.
Dumps are emptied every three to four weeks
according to our guide.
It is appropriate to feature
Flanders Field poppies.
It wasn’t until my visit to the Western Front in 2017
that I realised how prolific these poppies are.
Like wildflowers turning fields of battle, red.
the Somme Battlefields
World War I,
The Australian National War Memorial…
…could be said to be riddled…
…with World War II bullet holes.
see or perceive briefly or partially.
Each morning of our European holiday,
our tour director would begin with the phrase…
‘...well you’ve done (insert city name),
tonight we will be in (insert city name)…’
While I thoroughly enjoyed our trip…
a glimpse of each city…the highlights.
The following year I returned
to Arras in France for a
Western Front Battlefields tour.
Because I was in Arras for 5 nights
I think I enjoyed that brief trip
as much as any of the cities
we visited the previous year.
a situation or experience that is surreal
is very strange and difficult to understand,
like something from a dream
I am choosing my visit to the
Western Front Battle Fields in 2017,
for this post.
Seeing all the cemeteries we visited
and the names of the missing in action was
a reality check, if not surreal.
I created this photo for a
‘ghost’ challenge some time ago.
Every time I look at my Western Front photos,
it brings back memories of those now
tranquil French and Belgium fields,
where death once ruled and they were
covered with bloody bodies.
Some French views.
Beginning with a German Military Cemetery
There is 11,442 soldiers lying at rest here.
This cemetery appears to have far fewer graves
here than other similar sized cemeteries,
because each headstone
represents three soldiers.
A beautiful drive in the French countryside.
Approaching Quennemont Farm Military Cemetery
for American soldiers of The Great War.
I shall commence with an image
Part of the Californian Redwood Forest
on the outskirts of Rotorua
in New Zealand.
Bicycles in Lille sporting lots of red.
A specimen from the Dahlia Farm
near Geelong in 2018.
The Million Dollar view
One place I did not to expect to be so beautiful
After having lived on a farm for most of my life…