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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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“Words are like eggs dropped from great heights; you can no more call them back than ignore the mess they leave when they fall.”
― Jodi Picoult

Apparently it’s really simple to boil an egg. It’s one of those things that people throw at you when suggesting that you’re not that stupid because you can boil an egg. However I had to search the internet this morning to find out how long I needed to boil an egg for the perfect amount of runniness.

Needless to say, I sacrificed said runniness in the name of Photography, because by the time I got around to eating it – the egg had further cooked itself and was nice and dry! I also had my camera on manual from some mucking around with water shots last night – and the above shot was a fluke. It’s blurred but I love the tones captured!

Since getting into still life photography a lot more lately, I’ve thought more about the backgrounds that I photograph on. Therefore this morning I found the perfect tea towel, if possibly a little dull, and set the shot up a bit more carefully. (Not too carefully though, I was hungry!)

The perfect runny eggs are not perfect without some soldiers to go with them. Soldiers are strips of toast with a light spread of (in this case) flora on top. Flora’s healthiest! But you can have butter if you really want to.

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