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Les Braves

By HelenHiggs
I first saw this monument on Bastille Day in 2005. It is part of a major WWII memorial and the day I saw it the beach was populated with French families enjoying the Bank Holiday sunshine.

I took this picture the following day, and at the time I was struck by the fact that more soldiers had died on that beach in one day in the war, than were enjoying the sun the day before.

I've returned to the picture many times, trying to recapture the mood of that day. This is the latest attempt.

I cropped it because the sky had aircraft vapour trails which I felt distracted from the image. I like the panoramic effect because it reminds me how vast the beach was in either direction, but I also thought the sky added to the picture b giving you space to contemplate.

All opinions gratefully received

Tags: Landscape and travel

Voters: BERTRAM, maryg, Ridgeway and 2 more

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maryg 9 66 18 Scotland
23 Apr 2009 8:59PM
Very interesting shapes here. Thanks for the write up, makes you think doesn't it!

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Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
24 Apr 2009 11:37AM
Might be just me,but is the memorial a little out of focus,,
Nice one,interesting write up,,

BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
1 May 2009 2:23PM
A very good image. I especially like the background of water running through the sand.
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
20 May 2009 7:31AM
Interesting write-up and amazingly dramatic memorial. I think this image works really well.

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