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VALENTINE'S DAY

Today it is cold and overcast in Virginia, and it seems an auspicious time to post an image of a scene somewhat more inspiring. It is also St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, associated with a day celebrating love. Of course, there is a certain irony in that it refers to a 3rd century Christian martyr, who, the day before his execution, used his own blood to leave a message of love for his girlfriend.

Just as in the irony of St. Valentine’s martyrdom being associated with a happy day of celebration for lovers, a similar irony exits in this photograph. The beauty in the scene, with sunlight streaming through the mist, evocative of landscape paintings by the 17th century Dutch Master Jacob van Ruisdael, belies the misery that existed in this site some 146 years ago. During a very bleak winter period in December of 1862, over a hundred thousand troops of the Union (Northern) and Confederate (Southern) States were pitted against each other, and many thousands of them perished. Thus neither for its historical association, nor for the shared irony, but for its beauty, this image is meant to be my Valentine's Day card for all my TE friends.

In the past, I have occasionally submitted images showing scenes from the Fredericskburg Battlefield, and even collected them into a theme My Daily Drive… . This image will be imported into that theme.

Nikon D-200, 28-200 Nikkor lens, ISO-200, tripod, f/22 aperture for depth of field.

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