Today is Memorial Day in the US.
I know there's a lot of technical issues with this shot, not the least of which is overexposure. But this is really more about the place, with this photo.
This is Lippstadt church, in Warrenton, Missouri, in the central US. It remains the little one room church in the woods, with a pot belly coal burning stove, same as when it was built in 1853. As you might notice, the name of the church matches the name of a city in Germany. Most things in this area correspond to something there. My family name among them. The family names on all of these headstones too.
I grew up in this area. All of my family and their families before mine grew up here. My aunt's farm was right on the other side of the fence from where I was standing. They lived here and they died here. People who were born here still spoke German until my parents generation, even though they were in the states for generations before. But more importantly, they were good, quiet people who worked hard and cared for their families. And this spot is where my grandparents are today. Great aunts, uncles, cousins too. I miss them.
Memorial Day, 2007
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bracasha75 (24573) 2007-05-28 16:58
You have make a splendid image and i can say only
singuanti (15250) 2007-05-28 22:19
Hi Cliff. Happy memorial day to you too. I just realized I should have posted some of my Arlington Cemetery pictures today as opposed to the one I did. The combination of perfect clarity, contrast, and sky makes for a knock-out of a picture. Well seen Cliff!
AROBN54 (11473) 2007-05-29 0:35
Wonderful image and an even more touching note. The image suits all you told us in the note. It's excellent. Regards on Memorial Day,
wolf38 (31280) 2007-06-09 12:06
Hello Clifton. Your picture is a good photographic document with serious background. The light and the contrasts give expression to the picture. The sky is drawn wonderfully and the composition is outstanding. But where are the people, which visit the cemetery on this day? Best regards, Wolfgang.
- Copyright: Clifton Wilmsmeyer (CliffW) (2377)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-29
- Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 17-35 F2.8, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-28 16:56