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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Wreck at Corpach

 

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Back in July I posted the same subject (which can be found here)  approached from a slightly different way, so I thought I would share this alternate interpretation of the same wreck. In an attempt to demonstrate that by moving your position in relation to the subject you have the possibility to generate a subtly different image. I think there are even more images in this boat given some better weather and also in placing the boat in it’s landscape so keep watching.

Digital Art, Landscape

Wreck at Corpach

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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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Sleat Penisular WM

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Here is one from my recent trip to Skye – I have to admit as to not making The Sleat Peninsular one of my priorities due to the fact it seemed so flat and unappealing in my initial research – how wrong can one be! The were loads of inlets and nooks that I will have to go back and explore in a variety of weathers. The weather I would place in the typical Scotland category which really lends itself to all sort of colours on the palette board. I did crop the image several times before deciding on this final image. It just goes to show never judge a book by it’s cover – get out there and hands on you just never know what is around the corner.

Landscape, Photography, Travel

The Sleat Peninsular – Skye

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Above Pennan

 

Well I was out on a job this week in Aberdeenshire and the sea haar was thick and pretty un-photogenic returning along the coast the sun was burning off the fog – as I was passing Pennan the light was fighting to kill the fog and generate some subtle soft light – you may just get a taste of what I am talking about, by looking at the light on the field above the cliffs on the left of the image, where the light is electrifying the field  over the rest of the flat neutral tones. Anyway I turned off in to the steep decent and caught this view. Pennan famous of course for the film Local Hero is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it. Endless Scottish beaches wonderful light humour and a magnificent Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) Soundtrack. Enjoy

Coast, Landscape, Photography, Uncategorized

Above Pennan

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Castle Tioram - Adhar dhealbh

 

Benji says thanks for the positive way in which he was received here in blog world. Some of you fathomed out my methodology for the previously published “Above Castle Tioram” which was of course a drone. I was often frustrated when visiting some of these stunning locations that I wasn’t completely able to capture the majesty of the setting. So I have taken the opportunity of investing in a drone. In essence it is an aerial photographic platform. However like all things, although it provides opportunity it also comes with constraints. Due to weight, the camera is quiet small and the focal length is around 5mm generating considerable curvature in the images which has to be straightened out. All that said I am learning fast how to get the best out of it and when combined with my DSLR you can get some great footage. This shot was attained with some risk as the drone is well out over the Loch – any mechanical failure or an aggressive seagull and I would be facing a hefty bill. Ultimately I have an opportunity to capture Castle Tioram (one of my favorites) placed in it’s landscape – I am sure you will agree – it is a rather splendid landscape – enjoy

Aerial, Landscape, Photography

Castle Tioram – Selfie

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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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