Friday, December 06, 2019

Lest We Forget ~ WWI: The Great War

A red poppy on a banner with soldiers in combat gear walking across the battlefield

Lest We Forget

World War I, The First World War, The Great War to end all wars, took place from July 28, 1914 – November 11, 1918.  Today we remember our war dead, the many heroes who gave of themselves so that others could be free.  Canada, being a member of the British Commonwealth, joined the war and sent our military to Europe to fight and defend the freedom of all nations around the world.   Some 619,636 Canadians enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the war, and approximately 424,000 served overseas. Of these men and women, 59,544 members of the CEF died during the war, 51,748 of them as a result of enemy action.

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What is Our Most Important Piece of Photography Gear?

When you are out taking photos and walking about all day, either on hard pavement in the city or along a forest trail out in nature, what do you think is the most important part of your photography gear?  We spend lots of money on camera bodies, lenses, tripods, memory cards, bags and other sundry items.  But how many think about taking care of what carries all this weight around with us… our feet?
     
Assortment of Shoes and Boots

Assortment of Shoes and Boots

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100 Years of Remembrance

21 Gun Salute

21 Gun Salute

Every year for the last 100 years, we take the time to remember our war dead, starting with those who gave their lives in WWI (The Great War), WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam, and the list goes on and on.  We have been involved not only in various wars to fight for the freedom of people around this home we call Earth, but have also contributed to Peacekeeping missions in volatile areas overseas, where soldiers have put their lives on the line, some being injured, some coming home with PTSD and too many shipped home in a coffin to take their final ride to their resting place.

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Living in a Winter Wonderland

Hoar Frost on Trees

Panorama of Hoar Frost on Trees

I have heard a lot of people on social media, complaining about how they are already tired of Winter and longing for Spring, and it’s not even the middle of December yet.  Some loathe winter and some as they get older find it harder to be out in.  I used to be like many of these individuals and always stated that I hated Winter and was thinking about moving away to a place where I wouldn’t have to deal with this anymore.  Then I began thinking about how when I was much younger I loved Winter and even went camping during this season.  So I made a decision to embrace Winter equally with all the other seasons we have in Manitoba and make a point of going out and enjoying myself, despite the extreme cold and somewhat blustery conditions.

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St. Andrews on the Red

St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church and Cemetery

St. Andrews on the Red Anglican Church and Cemetery

My first memories of this beautiful old church are from days many years ago, when I was just a young boy, bicycling out to Lockport, Manitoba with a few of my friends.  Whenever possible we would take to the back roads and avoid the busy traffic of the highways, and so as we cycled along River Road on our way north, the most prominent building we would see from many miles away was the the bell tower of St. Andrews on the Red.  And of course, being young boys looking for adventure, we would always stop along the way there and back and explore the cemetery, amazed at the old dates that we would find.  But this was also a time when things were not so fast paced and when people respected one another and their property, with graveyards and tombstones being right at the top of the list. 

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