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Menin Gate

in Ypres,

Belgium

 

 

Gateway arches into the enclosed gardens

at Hamilton Gardens in New Zealand

 

At the time we visited MGW told me that

this yellow gate was linked to a similar gate

in a movie.

I will always remember it as the gate

into the concept Garden at

Hamilton Enclosed Gardens,

in New Zealand.

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SUNDAY STILLS PHOTO:  Gates

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I was standing a bit closer to Ypres’ famous Menin Gate last year….

when I heard a very English and a very European/Belgian(?) voice

having a chat behind me.

I don’t wear a watch and was wondering the time of day.

(Have a good look at the photo…please.)

and turned and asked the question.

Mr Britain responded along with Mr. Europe/Belgium

only the latter had a huge smile on his face

as he pointed out that I had been facing

a rather large clock prior to turning.

Yachts on Corio Bay.

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Mostly Canadian ‘threes’ this week. I always think of the Maple Leaf asking

having three distinct sections.

Apologies to all Canadian followers

who may disagree.

This shot taken just prior to…

 three buglers playing

the Last Post at Menin Gate,

Ypres, Belgium.

Three flags at

Beaumont-Hamel War Memorial

on the Somme-Battlefields.

 

This day last year I was still on my way to France.

This caribou appears to have three main antlers

I’m not familiar with caribou and

I am really wondering if it is a caribou.

Google does not have any caribou images

which closely resemble this artistic creation.

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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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Arches from Ypres, Belgium

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The architecture is so different to Australian designs.

 

 Arches everywhere.

And just beyond the tourists was a…

 Canadian Pipe Band entertaining us for a while.

 

Unless there is more than one Mariposa in Canada,

according to Google, Mariposa appears to be

a small country town/region, in Ontario…

not all that dissimilar to my home town.

Please correct me if incorrect.

 

And of course the reason for visiting Ypres

was the Last Post ceremony

at Menin Gate.

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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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