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Sky, Land and Spirits

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 9 June 2018 in Landscape & Rural.

This is an image that I made from atop one of the rises at the "Little Bighorn battlefield National Monument" in Crow Agency, Montana, USA.

Most times out here, the only visual drama is in the sky. But lots of historical drama rises from the ground up to the sky! The spirit of many souls still occupies this place.The battle that took place here on June 25 and 26 in 1876 sadly became remembered as a major battle between victorious Indian combined forces, led by Chiefs such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and others, and the U.S. Calvary led by General George Armstrong Custer.\ The battle became know as "Custer's Last Stand.

The entire site now consists of a National Cemetery (unrelated to the battle), and a small separate cemetery that does include many of the "Beligerents" of the battle, both Native American (Indians) and Soldiers.

Looking at the stormy clouds hovering overhead and in the distance, I sensed a feeling of something quite apart from what we know nowadays.
There was a very strong an aura of sacredness, contemplation, and reverence that truly captured my soul here.... As a military veteran, I cannot help but feel the emotion that any battlefield brings to one who has experienced wartime battles....

I will try to post a few more images of this place shortly....

NIKON D800 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 500 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

** 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

NIKON D800
1/320 second
F/9.0
ISO 500
24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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