…Western Front Battlefields in
France and Belgium.
My Paternal Grandfather served on
the Western Front during that conflict.
Lochnagar is a privately owned ‘attraction’
created after allied forces tunnelled
under Germany’s Army and detonated
25 tonnes of explosives.
The crater is approximately 300 feet
in diameter by 90 feet deep
and is the only surviving crater
of many other such craters,
which are now filled in.
Along the boardwalk around the crater
are these small plaques commemorating
a family member who had served on
the Western Front during
The Great War.
In 2017 each plaque cost
GBP25 or approximately $AUD45.
After several emails, the transfer of funds
and a few months waiting for
the ‘next batch‘ to be placed,
I now have a small memorial
to my Grandfather on the battlefields
upon which he served.
Lest We Forget.
Created by 27,000 kilograms of detonated explosives
in the Somme Battlefields, France.
Signs which are
I don’t remember taking this shot
and have never before, or since,
laid eyes on this bus.
However, according to my filing system
it was taken in Melbourne.
This was about as far as a DSLR camera could go.
Pocket size cameras and phones
were okay, I believe.
Western Front Battlefields
All day we were hearing about Whistler
and all day I was thinking
‘…I’ve heard that name before…’
However, only made the connection upon arrival.
We were told that recent summer sports had
overtaken, economically, winter sports
This hole in the ground,
known as Lochnagar Crater,
was created after British soldiers
detonated 27,000 tons of explosives
under German lines during
World War I.
The force created a tear in the ground
measuring 220 feet (67 metres) diameter
and 450 feet (137 metres) across
Debris from the explosion rose
about 4,000 feet into the air.
During my 2017 visit to
The Western Front Battlefields
in France and Belgium…
I came across the
Lochnagar Crater Memorial.
THe crater was created by detonating 27,000 tons
of explosives under the
German Front Line
Surrounding the crater are tributes and memorials
to many men and women who served…
on the Western Front during
the Great War.
The boardwalk around the crater is created by 4 inch planks.
At either end of these planks a small tribute
can be placed to commemorate one’s relatives.
I placed/paid for this tribute to my Grandfather
who served all along the Western Front
after being part of the gun crew
which fired the First Allied Shot of World War I
from Point Nepean at the mouth of
Port Phillip Bay,
The time was 1245, August 5th, 1914…
a mere 2-3 hours after War had been declared in London
at 11 PM the previous night…August 4.
Lest We Forget.
Words from all over.
And a bit late for October
over Hopkins Falls as there was in August 2017.
This is what I think of when I see the word aperture.
That little hole in the centre of a lens.
At Hill 60 in Belgium, the white line in the foreground
indicates the British front line.
Most of our group are in No Man’s Land,
however our tour guide is standing on Germany’s Front line.
however, it was the best I could do.
Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.
Normally I think of some that is tapered as being thinner
at the far end, usually the top.
Lochnagar Crater, on the Somme Battlefields,
is still thinner at the far end
it just happens to be the bottom
Black and White Challenge.
No shearing taking place at this time.
Wool bales were often pushed on their side
so they could be used as a table or chair.
The thing which frustrated me most about this practice
was that the user never stood the bale upright after pushing it over.
Outdoor cafe seating in Arras, France.
If you can accept outdoor benches as chairs…
then we have some of Geelong’s
parklands and their tables and chairs.
Promenade des Anglais
in Nice, France.
solid Tasmanian Blackwood dining table and chairs.
Belonging to MGW’s parents
and valued at $AUD 7000-$AUD 8000 restored, or
$AUD 1,500 – $AUD 1,700 as is.
And no-one showed any interest in it. 😦
The first or one of the few memorials to the Nurses
involved in the Great War.
It can be found at
Best 2017 Picture
The sun should have been rising to my right and behind.
In other words I am facing West roughly speaking.
I had packed my tripod and long lens away
and was about to walk back to the car
when this rainbow appeared.
For only two minutes.
Had I not had a back up camera, with a shorter lens,
I would not have been able to capture the few shots I did.
A few months later I ventured over to Melbourne’s St Kilda Pier.
A draw-card for tourists and photographers alike.
I confess to editing this a bit to capture the stormy winter sky.
But I am pleased with the outcome.
In between those two shots was our
wedding anniversary hot air balloon flight
I will probably never take this shot again
and it is one I would like to enlarge.
However, I will always remember
our 30th Wedding Anniversary by this shot.
However, the shot I am most pleased with is not one of mine.
Followers may remember that I visited France and Belgium
and spent three days touring
the Western Front Battlefields of World War I.
Because my Grandfather served on the Western Front
and Fired the First Allied Shot of World War I.
I created four posts about a place known as
Lochnagar Crater for Jo’s Monday Walk Challenge.
While there I discovered that for a modest fee the
Friends of Lochnagar Crater would create a plaque for one’s relative
as a means of raising money to keep the site maintained.
So, when this photo arrived via email,
to say that I was pleased, proud and happy
would be an understatement.
My Auntie, my Grandfather’s only surviving child,
(Dad passed away in 2001 and his other Sister in 2016)
was also extremely pleased and proud to know her Father
had been memorialised in the country where he had
served his country during The Great War.
Happy New Year
Candi at play.
about midway between Geelong and Melbourne.
Another Pea Soup fog in Geelong.