Tuesday Photo Challenge – Field

Fields of war and peace

Welcome to Week 120 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge!  Once more, thanks to all of you who contributed to last week’s theme of Wind!  Your response was overwhelming and fantastic!

For this week’s theme, I’m going for something that is wide open (on a good day): Field!  Once again this is a thematic word that can be interpreted in many ways, ranging from the field through which you walk or where you play to a field of studies, and several other directions that you can field however you like!  As always, the important part is that you have fun with this theme, and take the reins off your creative powers to lead you far afield!

I anticipate another array of wonderful entries, and look forward to reading them all!

Here’s a field that is a part of history…

Warfield Ridge

This image is from a trip that my wife and I took in 2010, during which we visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  This American Civil War battlefield is one of the most well known, both for the extreme number of casualties and Abraham Lincoln’s famous address to commemorate the battle.  Walking across the battleground, one can feel the suffering and horrors that took place in this locale, particularly early in the morning while it is quiet…

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

I’m looking forward to seeing what winds up filling your posts!

Friday Travel Photo

Gettysburg in 2 versions

As I dug up some images from past trips over the last week, I was reminded of the impact that I felt visiting the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania about six years ago.  More description of this can be found in the Wednesday Wonderment post of this week.

Today, I want to post another image from that visit, which looks up toward the monument on Little Round Top.  Actually, two versions of this image, as I’m curious to find out which version you prefer.

Little Round Top is the smaller of two rocky hills south of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—the companion to the adjacent, taller hill named Big Round Top. It was the site of an unsuccessful assault by Confederate troops against the Union left flank on July 2, 1863, the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Considered by some historians to be the key point in the Union Army’s defensive line that day, Little Round Top was defended successfully by the brigade of Col. Strong Vincent. The 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, commanded by Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and Adj. Maj. Holman S. Melcher, fought the most famous engagement there, culminating in a dramatic downhill bayonet charge that is one of the most well-known actions at Gettysburg and in the American Civil War.

Here are the two versions with the viewer on the receiving end of that famed bayonet charge…

Little Round Top (B&W)
Little Round Top (Color)

Which of these do you prefer?  And why?

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 1D Mk III using an EF 24-105mm f/4L lens.  This was taken as a series of 5 images and processed in Photomatix Pro by HDRsoft.

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…

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.