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Open Spaces can be Deceiving - Valley Forge 3

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 15 June 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

Ths is a closer view of the tree we saw on Sunday. I was so impressed with the expanse and size of Valley Forge. Actually, it's not a Valley..not really,...the area that Washington used was on a long expansive crest of a very long hill, so that opposng troops could be seen from any direction and defended against. As we look at this place we see nothing but beauty. But the sense of history is palpable as we walked around this huge National historic Park.

This beautiful tree and the open land around it are a bit tricky. There once were many trees but the land was largely cleared for the soldiers to train and to build huts to protect them from the winter cold. I will show an example of a hut in a short while.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/125 second F/6.3 ISO 100 124 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

OLYMPUS E-510
1/125 second
F/6.3
ISO 100
124 mm

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