WWI

Life Thru the Lens 11/52... WWI in Belgium, the final push, Ypres (Leper) Belgium Part IV

We are back to Belgium for our final push of our World War I weekend tour. We ended our tour at Ypres (or Leper) Belgium. The main reasons we wanted to visit Ypres was to visit: the Tyne Cot British cemetery that lies just outside of the village, the Sanctuary Wood Trenches, the Canadian Memorial, The Changing of the Guard at Menin Gate,  the Ypres fortress and ramparts, and the Flanders Fields Museum. We managed to pack that all into a day and a half, but by far the best part was the Changing of the Guard at Menin Gate. 

The Good...

While I did take photos at the beginning of the ceremony, I videoed the ceremony itself. I think it is important to video when you tour, just as much as it is important to capture the moment in photographs. 

Unlike photographs, when you video you are able to capture not just the culture of a place but the tiny nuances such as sounds, dialects, and the general feeling of a place, or event. Photos would have never captured the all consuming feelings of deep honor, and tradition, that the ceremony evoked. 

The Random....

The red poppy was the first flower to spring new life in, and around, the battle fields and cemeteries of Flounders. It is as much symbol of hope and new beginnings, as it is a symbol of the lives lost. At the American cemetery in Normandy, we were told that the first flower to bloom on a gravesite is the poppy. I do not know if that is truth or myth, but I do like the thought of the delicate petals flowing in the breeze that blankets the land during spring; the poppy is a reminder that good can spring forth from tragedy. 

The Fun...

The Tyne Cot British Cemetery, and the Canadian Memorial, were some of the most stunning and well maintained cemeteries we visited. Each gravesite was beautifully planted with colorful gardens and every single headstone was perfectly straight. We were quite overwhelmed by the beauty of it all. 

If you would like to see where all we have been in Belgium WWI tour, check out these posts... Part IPart IIPart III

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Life thru the Lens 6/52... WWI in Kemmel, Belgium (Part I)

I decided to share a throw back today because I have not had a ton of camera time these last few weeks. And, because I have not shared most of our last few years of travel in Europe. To be honest, most of the pictures of our trips still lay in their folders unedited. It wasn't until this last year that I was able to look through them without being tumbled back into the deep abyss of grief over having to leave Europe. I loved, no, I love Europe immensely. 

We took several trips during our last year in Germany, but one of my favorites was our Belgium circle. During our time in Europe we toured WWII sites extensively, but lacked in visiting WWI sites. So, in an effort to fix that problem, we took a long weekend and toured through some of the Belgium WWI countryside. Our trip took us through Gent, Kemmel, Yprese, and then Brugge. 

It's important to place your feet on a historical moment, to intertwine your soul in the tangible pieces of what was. In doing so, the vales of a time past are released and one is able to feel the emotion of what was. 

We began our trip in the trenches...

I find it necessary to find beauty where death prevailed. It's in the beauty that we overcome the sadness of war, and honor the lives of those lost. Because, when all is said and done and the horror of war is swept away all the bodies buried were someones loved one.

Come back next week for Part II of our Belgium weekend getaway. Until then..... 

I have been steadily working on culling and editing photos to begin my Etsy shop, once again. I have decided to focus on fine art card(s) and fine art print(s) all in the square. I really love Instagram's square format, so I decided to be inspired and head that way for my store. It will be up and running by the end of this month. 

 Did you see that I am giving away a set of birthday cards at the end of this month. Hope on over to this post to enter for your chance to win. 

P.S. I seem to be losing comments. I'll see them show up in my email, but when I head to my blog they are gone... so if I do not reply, please know this is why. Or, if your comment is missing please know I did not delete it. 

I'll be visiting these lovely communities this week... join along... Trough My Lens MondayImage-in-ing, Our World Tuesday

WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE THRU THE LENS LOOK LIKE?

1. Share your life through the lens past, or present.

2. Grab my button and/or link back to this page, so others can find our community.

3.  Visit at least one person and create a community with them through encouraging comments.

The RULES:

~All forms of photography accepted… keep it family friendly please.

~Anyone with any photography skill can participate… we are all learning and growing.

~Any camera you take pictures with is acceptable… the best camera is the one in your hand.

~The link-up will open at 8:00 A.M. Mountain Time.