Wednesday Wonderment – pt 23

Universal wonderment!

The Universe is filled with many wonders and forces that we don’t fully understand at this time; in our endeavors to understand and control the world, in which we live, we have acquired much knowledge, but there is still much to be learned.  Some of what is unknown to us at this time fills us with wonder.

As I am a physicist by training, much of my life was dedicated toward gaining as complete an understanding of the universe as I could, with the expectation that there may be a point, at which we can explain and model the universe perfectly.  Of course, that outlook may have been a little naive, so it has been adjusted over the years, particularly after I started practicing yoga and learn more about Eastern philosophies.

At this point, my sense of the universe is that there is much connectivity across many planes of existence and that life’s energy does not merely start/stop at discrete points. This is where today’s image ties in…

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Warfield Ridge

Many locations on the battlefield imbued me with a deep sadness and some filled me with utter dread

Just over six years ago, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi Club of America had their national event in the Gettysburg area; as I had not been there before, I decided to go out and meet my wife there, so we could spend a couple of days to visit the area.

As I had been photographing another event in Southern Connecticut over the weekend, I drove down to Pennsylvania on Sunday night; as I was driving down a main road pretty close to the exit for our hotel, I spotted what I thought was a hazy human form crossing the road about 100 yards ahead of me, not once, but twice.  These apparitions were paired with a deep sadness that I could just not place.  I found the exit and nothing else unusual happened.

What I hadn’t realized that night is that the apparitions and sense of sadness occurred, as I was passing the battlefield site.

That Monday was filled with agility competition, at the end of which we drove around the battlefield site to plan our next day’s touristing.  Many locations around the battlefield imbued me with a deep sadness, whereas some filled me with sheer dread; it was as if the suffering had left an indelible mark on the landscape, a psychic imprint that could not be ignored.

This is one of the areas that fills me with wonder, as I cannot deny the real effect that I felt there, and several other locations, as well.

Image Details

The scene in this image is Warfield Ridge, aka Seminary Ridge.  I photographed it early in the morning on Tuesday before we went exploring.  It is an HDR image with 5 exposure captured using a Canon EOS 1D Mk III with an EF 17-40mm f/4L lens.  Processing was done with Photomatix Pro, after which some touch work was done in Photoshop.