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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Buchan Ness WM

 

This is the rather magnificent Buchan Ness Lighthouse just outside Peterhead – it was late in the day and the light was about to fade I was searching around the lighthouse to see if I could get anything of interest with the remaining light and I was spawny enough to get a brief sunburst to make the lighthouse stand out strong against the dark sky. There are other lighthouses available in this series all are for sale just follow the link

Historical, Landscape, Lighthouse

Buchan Ness – Scottish Lighthouse Series

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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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Benji

 

Well I am currently spoiled for choice in what I can post, as I have a reasonable backlog of posts awaiting an airing – but on this occasion I thought I would appeal to Britain’s dog loving population for some cheap likes :-) This is Benji he is a Springer Spaniel – hes not actually my dog but my fiancée Mandy’s, but I love him to bits and he does keep me relatively fit – This is not usually the the type of shot I publish but I caught him hoping for a WALK and posing perfectly – enjoy – normal landscape, Lighthouses and Castles will resume shortly.

Nature, Photography

Benji Posing

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65002 Returning Home

 

62005 Returning Home can be bought at this link

This is 62005 returning to Fort William – crossing the swing bridge at Neptune’s Staircase on the best day I have ever witnessed in Lochaber. Ben Nevis in the background is devoid of snow with the North Face cast in shadow. I have several shots of 62005 resplendent in late evening sun so keep watching also some crackers from Loch Moidart – enjoy

Landscape, Photography, Travel

62005 – Returning Home

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Scurdie Ness Lighthouse

 Purchase this Lighthouse here

This is the second in my Lighthouse series (Summer) – this is Scurdie Ness at Ferryden near Montrose. Scurdie Ness was one of the first I saw as a child due to the fact we spent several holidays in Montrose at Caravan Parks – great memories of golden beaches, Fish and Chips and a tough wee Golf Course – where I also entered my first Jnr Golf Competition in the Montrose Open (nervous times). I do love returning to haunts from my childhood and exploring much further than I ever got th chance to do back then. Enjoy

 

Landscape, Photography, Travel

Scottish Lighthouse Series – Scurdie Ness

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These are a lot of fun to post – I also get ideas and new locations from my feed (posts by those IG’ers I follow)

all of the IG’s can be purchased (or just liked) very economically from @skm1963 Twenty20 Gallery

Photography, Travel

Instagram Update – @skm1963

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