Normandy Graves

 

In Flanders Fields

Flanders Poppy on the First World War battlefields.

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We 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 throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Inspiration for the poem

Flanders poppies

Having read John McCrae’s poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ Moina Michael made a personal pledge to ‘keep the faith’. She felt compelled to make a note of this pledge and hastily scribbled down a response entitled “We Shall Keep the Faith” on the back of a used envelope. From that day she vowed to wear a red poppy of Flanders Fields as a sign of remembrance.

 

We Shall Keep the Faith

by Moina Michael, November 1918

Moina Michael

Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet – to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Historical, People

100 years on – We’ll teach the lesson that ye wrought In Flanders Fields.

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Loch Carron Calm WM

Lochcarron Calm

Castle Strome WM

Strome Castle

A less than subtle departure - Lochcarron

A less than subtle departure

Three shots all taken in and around Lochcarron on the west coast of Scotland. One is across the light another with the light behind and the third in to the sun. Each image is quiet different. Enjoy
Landscape, Photography

Lochcarron – Trilogy

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I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently - I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips - I fully expect to photograph them all several times - I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse - so this not so much a big project but a huge one more than likely a lifetime project - keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse to death) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. You can always find a new angle however and this was a real scorcher of a day. Enjoy

Purchase Covesea Lighthouse

I have started in earnest to capture all the Scottish Mainland Lighthouses and I am up to about 15 or so currently – I will start with the mainland and move on to the Islands and finish with those off shore that require boat trips – I fully expect to photograph them all several times – I am not limiting myself to creating a record but more an artistic diary maybe even eventually a seasonal shot for each lighthouse – so this not so much a big project – but a huge one – more than likely a lifetime project – keep watching. I have of course photographed Covesea (my home lighthouse) many many times. I have shots of Covesea in every light I have witnessed and loads of different angles. However you can always find a new angle and this was a real scorcher of a day (perhaps to bright). Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography

Scottish Lighthouse Series – Covesea

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Busy Busy Busy - I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted - the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth - there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts - a very impressive line fluff free performance - quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was attracting me. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good - but I decided I couldn't get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. - Enjoy

Busy Busy Busy – I have been trying to post for nearly 4 days but continuously get distracted – the last 3 evenings we were BBQing which means snoring on the sofa by 9pm :-) Anyway last week we went along to Elgin Cathedral (what a setting) to watch Macbeth – there was atotal of 5 actors covering all the parts – a very impressive line fluff free performance – quiet brilliant. However for me it was the setting and the ever changing light on the Cathedral which was getting my fuller attention. Annoyingly it was about 30 mins after I took this it got really good – but I decided I couldn’t get out my seat again out of respect for the performers. – Enjoy

Historical, Photography

Macbeth “live” Elgin Cathedral

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As Lyle is beginning to believe is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had - I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor  attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was loosing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn't quiet help you appreciate the weather condition's. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on - either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

As Lyle is beginning to believe Scotland is permanently bathed in sunshine, I thought I would take you back a week or so to the period of strong winds which we had – I tried my level best to trash a 24-85mm Nikor attempting to take a dust bowl live (silly me). Realising I was losing out badly to nature I headed to the field next door and got this. It doesn’t fully help you appreciate the weather condition’s. However if you look across the the image there are clues everywhere. Perhaps there is a bit too much going on – either way we needed to move away from Torridon just briefly.

Landscape, Nature, Photography

Dust Bowl

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wonderful light at Inverpolly

wonderful light – Inverpolly

As I work through my back catalogue deciding what can used for stock and what can be added to my portfolio

as well as reviewing and removing substandard work. The process challenges me to review how I have edited

in the past particularly as my knowledge of the software grows. This is an image I don’t think I have published

previously – but I  re cropped loosing a large chunk from the bottom brought the exposure down by 1/2 stop

and reduced the vibrance. The result is for me is a more comfortable and natural image. I hope you agree :-)

Landscape, Photography

Inverpolly

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This view is taken from Captain Bertram Dickson's Grave in the Cnoc na Bain Burial Ground. By all accounts he was a pioneer and almost certainly one of the forefathers of the formation of the RAF. It is a fitting and supremely tranquil location for such a pioneer to finish his days, whilst it is not perhaps at it's photogenic best - the view is none the less dramatic - enjoy

This view is taken from Captain Bertram Dickson’s Grave in the “Cnoc na Bain Burial Ground”. By all accounts he was a pioneer and almost certainly one of the forefathers of the formation of the Royal Air Force. It is a fitting and supremely tranquil location for such a pioneer to finish his days, whilst it is not perhaps at it’s photogenic best – the view is none the less dramatic – enjoy

A much fuller account of this remarkable pioneer can be found on Undiscovered Scotland 

Landscape, People, Photography

Meandering Precipitation (Dark Series)

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