11.11.2019 Not quite, but almost

As I loaded my bag and tripod into the Forester yesterday morning, I glanced up at the sky and saw a bright warm glow at the edge of the horizon. Although covering the sky, the stratocumulus (I think) clouds were a puffy mass with a gap to the east which gave me ideas of a brilliant sunrise. A quick trip to Owens Pond put me in a nice spot with bare trees and frosted spent goldenrod as my foreground. The brilliance never really developed but there was still a bit of nice color on parts of the clouds and a pleasant start to a nice day.

Despite the deep divisions in our country these days, many of us have opportunities for a good life reasonably free from hardship.  We could still be better but the freedoms in our society are there because of the sacrifices made by those who have served to protect us. All veterans who gave either their lives or risked their well-being and lost time away from their homes and families have made this country a great place to live. Today, Veterans Day, is the official day of recognition, but we owe them our thanks every day.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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25 Responses to 11.11.2019 Not quite, but almost

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Beautiful image, Steve, and wonderful words of reminder for Veterans Day.

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  2. Todd Henson says:

    Beautiful photograph, Steve. And words well said.

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  3. Your mention of “the freedoms in our society” is a reminder of our need to zealously maintain those freedoms. Recent surveys have unfortunately found that Americans, especially young people, increasingly want to limit the right of free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment to the Constitution.

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    • I hadn’t heard that so did a quick search. It seems that there was a problem in the wording some people chose to ask the question and how others interpreted that. I doubt that most young Americans would agree with Sasse’s interpretation. For the most part our current President and his supporters want the free press reports censored to cover certain behaviors and questionable acts. Of course casting doubt on the veracity of those reports will place the folks perpetrating these acts in a better light.
      But, yes, we must always remain vigilant against the wearing away of the freedoms provided by the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


  4. I agree. Beautiful photograph, beautiful words. The price of freedom is constant vigilance. That certainly includes military vigilance, and probably — unfortunately — always will. But it also includes intellectual vigilance. Too many of our fellow countrymen and women do not recognize that necessity. Reminds me of an old joke, which I repeat here not for its humor – because it’s really not funny – but for its tragedy:

    Is the worst thing in our society ignorance? Or apathy?
    I don’t know, and I don’t care.

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  5. Eliza Waters says:

    Agreed, we have much to be grateful for. I think the photo turned out beautifully!

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  6. Lovely thoughts here on Veteran’s Day. For the first time, in my long life, I see, read about, and feel a division in our country. I pray that this division does not continue but I am vey fearful that it will. I read many years ago that every great nation will eventually fall. It happens when rulers become too greedy and self serving and its people choose to blindly follow while listening to grandiose and empty promises of a better life. Anyway, lest I stir up some of your followers I will get off my soapbox.

    To copy the above joke from Michael Scandling: “Is the worst thing in our society ignorance? Or apathy?
    I don’t know, and I don’t care.”

    I’m afraid that that is how things are going in the good “ole US of A” right now.

    This beautiful and impressive image looks like a painting . It seems very different from any that you have taken before.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    Thank you, Steve…

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    I love the way the light is catching the grasses – and your thoughts about veterans. 🙂

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  9. shoreacres says:

    The wedge of sunlight is beautiful. In a way, it’s an interesting reversal of many sunrise photos. Here, the ‘rays’ of cloud extending outward mimic rays of sunshine, while the sunlit sky takes on the role of background most often relegated to clouds.

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    • I see the clouds more as ripples or waves of light and color emanating from that wedge.I used the 16-35 just so the brightness on the horizon would not be too great a factor. Just enough to explain where the light was coming from.

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