Before the leaves fall

By mrswoolybill
Unlike the British, French and Belgian cemeteries on the Western Front, which use flowers to soften the lines of graves and lift the mood, the German cemeteries have oak trees. To paraphrase Peter Hart of the Imperial War Museum, it is about the stark recognition of tragedy.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Flanders Landscape and travel Saturday shadows

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10 Feb 2018 8:06AM
It's an unsentimental approach that, for me, makes more sense.
Philip_H 9 1.5k United Kingdom
10 Feb 2018 8:28AM
Powerful and symbolic, Moira.
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
10 Feb 2018 8:32AM
Simple, yet sombre....no doubt there remembered for their sacrifice too.😥
10 Feb 2018 8:33AM
"I often think it would be really interesting to take all of those who would wage war to the battlefield cemeteries, and say, explain yourself to the dead. Explain yourself to the dead!"
~ Jacqueline Winspear
10 Feb 2018 8:44AM
The older I get the more poignant these scenes become. The senseless, criminal waste of so many young lives.
Put the warring politicians in an arena with staves and shoot the last man standing.
Moira thank you for sharing.
nonur 13 18 13 Turkey
10 Feb 2018 8:50AM
Very impressive and powerful image. Excellent compo, Moira.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2018 9:23AM
Powerful image, Moira.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
10 Feb 2018 10:38AM
A very emotional and poignant image, Moira, had to be in mono.
Trev Smile
10 Feb 2018 11:37AM
Excellent pov and comp' Moira. You certainly chose your spot well to take this picture.

JohnSmile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2018 1:25PM
Thanks everyone, for some thought-provoking comments, and Nezih thanks for the UA. This is my last Western Front upload from the 2017 visit, I thought I ought to clear the decks before we go back again...
I shall be busy this afternoon, I have photos to work on from last night. Probably the second worst 'evening's entertainment' of my life, but I got some pictures...
(The worst was 45 years ago when we were invited to the grand opening of a German Bierkeller in Newcastle, and realised that the oompa band was playing Nazi songs... That feeling of growing panic, How the hell do we get out of here?)
Anyway, an upload from last night may appear in the fullness of time.
Joline Plus
15 37 59 United States
10 Feb 2018 1:28PM
I have to agree with Leo and Peter. I think we are only pawns on the politicians chess board.
bliba Plus
16 2 Austria
10 Feb 2018 2:31PM
another powerful image.
Chinga Plus
11 3 2 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2018 2:44PM
Excellent image Moira, I like everything about this fine mono...
Isabel GrinGrin
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
10 Feb 2018 3:30PM
For some reason I'm picturing the mom and dad grieving over their lost boys.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
10 Feb 2018 5:29PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks to Ollie and Sandy for their UAs.
We have had a stressful day. I'm recovering ...
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
12 Feb 2018 8:01AM
Poignant reminder & capture Moira
Ian

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