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“Heroism is endurance for one moment more.”

~ George F. Kennan

I have made time in recent years, to attend the local Remembrance Day Parade and this year was no exception. The weather was almost identical to last year too with warm sunshine and misty Autumn hues.

I don’t just attend for the photographs, I find it moving to see the turnout, the hoards of people following the parade down the streets and then gathering in the churchyard for the open air service afterwards. I find it moving that nobody really leaves until the end, they are all there for the duration.

Our remembrance day parade occurs in layers with serving men and women marching with cadets following and the War Veterans amongst them. It’s the best way. This year it was also fantastic to see that the Gurkha’s were included in the parade.

So I took quite a few images, but mostly I enjoyed the service. Whilst not religious, many things that were said struck a chord. Nevertheless I’ll leave you with no more words other than a poem I wrote several years ago…

I Do Not Know Your Name Today

I  do not know your name today,
Nor the colour of your eyes,
But I see you in the living men,
Adorned with polished pride.

I do not know your name today,
Nor the colour of your skin,
But I see you in the marching bands,
The tap of drumsticks upon tin.

I do not know your name today,
Nor where you died in fight,
But I know this, that you aren’t lost,
As we remember you tonight.

I do not know your name today,
Or whether you fought through choice,
But be you volunteer or commandeer
Our unity today will be your voice.

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“I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched.”
― Edgar Allan Poe

Coffee leads to amazing things. Anybody who says it’s a nasty habit to drink coffee has obviously never stumbled across one of the most beautiful visions whilst purchasing it. I’m sure most will agree, that beautiful stretches of Poppy fields are very rare. Or at least they are for this area.

I have actually spent a good many years trying to keep a look out for the best field and the perfect photo opportunity. Now, a couple of years after immersing myself into Photography – it’s here. Whilst they are quite visible by the public from a fairly main road, it’s often difficult to stop and actually get decent shots.

I recruited my Father to take me down a track to the side of the Poppy Field (four wheel drive required) for the best vantage points!

Poppies have been used for years as a symbol of sleep, death and peace. Sleep because of the opium extracted and its effects, and death because of the common blood-red color of the red poppy amongst other reasons.

It’s day one hundred and ninety nine – I can hardly believe I’ve got that far and also congratulations to those who have been doing the challenge alongside me since the beginning of the year. It’s sometimes incredibly challenging to keep it up, especially when life gets busy and the weather isn’t so co-operative.

So for day 199, enjoy the poppy and the symbol of peace. It was actually very peaceful to be stood amongst the waving poppy heads, snapping away and figuring out the best vantage points. In the end I snapped from them all!

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