When there is a great expanse, a beat up chain link fence seems a sarcastic comment on human efforts to control nature.
The armistice that ended World War I began 100 years ago today. Europe lost almost an entire generation of men in that war.
In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE
In Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lie,In Flanders fields.Take up our quarrel with the foe:To you from failing hands we throwThe torch; be yours to hold it high.If ye break faith with us who dieWe shall not sleep, though poppies growIn Flanders fields.
The Poppies: Weeping Window art installation is a memorial to those who lost their lives in World War I. These photos are from when it was at Carlisle Castle last June.
The sun is a big ball of fire. It looks more so filtered through the thick smoke we have had the last couple of summers. Summer last year the sun and fire dominated.
I don’t take selfies. Traveling in China lots of people take lots of pictures. It is hard to get pictures of sights without people having their pictures taken in them. Although it seems like folks mostly travel in groups and having someone from the group take pictures is more common, a fair number of pictures I take contain people taking selfies.
This older woman, at least my age ;), caught my eye, she was obviously “doing” the Forbidden City alone. I wondered what her story was (is).
The picture below is one I took because a) my husband and son are in it b) it was typical of that day for one or more of us to be asked to be in pictures with Chinese people and c) there is a guy who is part of the group taking a selfie during the group pictures.
Response to Pic and a Word Challenge: Selfie
The Pic and a Word Challenge prompt and post for this week made me think of these pictures from two trips I took to China in 2014. In the post Patrick Jennings talked about how in India and China he felt like people were an intrinsic part of the scenery and I realized that, while I am often frustrated by their presence, he is right.
China is often a busy and crowded place, but there are also large expanses of space. A single person in the frame turns a photograph into a picture, something that tells a bit of a story.