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LIGHT THROUGH THE TREES

Located on the border of the Northern (Union) States and Southern (Confederate) States, Fredericksburg, Virginia changed hands a total of seven times during battles of the Civil War (1861-’65). The Confederate States were fighting to break off, to secede, from the Union, and the Union Troops were fighting to stop their secession. Most people who think about the event now — laymen and scholars alike — regard it as a national tragedy in which families were divided, “brothers fighting against brothers.” Abraham Lincoln, who hailed from the midwestern State of Illinois, was the President of the United States during those war years, and is now recognized as one of the 3-4 greatest Presidents, precisely because the North prevailed in the war, and the union was preserved.

On a bone-chilling week in December 1862, the Battle of Fredericksburg was fought, pitting over 100,000 Union and Confederate soldiers against each other. The hauntingly beautiful battlefield presents a poignant vision — of an area where thousands of young soldiers died.

My daily drive to work to teach my classes takes me through a 7-km stretch of the Fredericksburg Battlefield, with the trenches used by the Confederate troops running alongside the narrow meandering roadway. In the early morning rays from the rising sun filter through the trees, in this instance there was a thick fog just beyond the trees that dispersed the light and created a special glow. The time for this photo was 7:50 am on September 12, and I was rushing to make an 8:00 am class. I shot the image with a Nikon D-70;18-70-mm lens, uv-filter, tripod.

I would like to dedicate this to Henryk_bilor, who has produced some remarkable shots with low-lying fog, and the sun filtering through distant trees, for example in this image. Regards Henryk.

PS in revisiting this photo, I was listening to Bach's Toccata and Fugue(BWV 540) playing in the background. That is the music that has to accompany this photo.

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