Friday, November 16, 2007

On Passing the Menin Gate

Who will remember, passing through this Gate,
The unheroic Dead who fed the guns?
Who shall absolve the foulness of their fate,—
Those doomed, conscripted, unvictorious ones?

Crudely renewed, the Salient holds its own.
Paid are its dim defenders by this pomp;
Paid, with a pile of peace-complacent stone,
The armies who endured that sullen swamp.

Here was the world’s worst wound. And here with pride
‘Their name liveth for ever,’ the Gateway claims.
Was ever an immolation so belied
As these intolerably nameless names?
Well might the Dead who struggled in the slime
Rise and deride this sepulchre of crime.

(Siegfried Sassoon)

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Meeting Place

You've been a long way away.
Thank you for coming back to me.
(Brief encounter)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Chasing waterfalls

When I took this photo I was not particularly impressed, in fact I thought it would be one to go straight into the computer's trashcan. However, I never delete anything on my camera until I've viewed it on the computer screen and after a few tweaks in photoshop I'm pretty pleased with this one. I like the effect. Its one of the first moving water shots I have done. Nature isn't really my photographic forte but I might give it anothe go after today!