Faded Colors

While out searching for fall color to shoot, we went to a nearby German War Memorial.  And found something new.

Mind you, this is a memorial that I run through usually once a week.

Normally the run keeps us to the main path, so there’s little exploration.  But while walking slowing along the memorial, Goddess and I spied a small building tucked away in the bushes off to the side.  So we had a look.

Turns out that the building, which is actually a small circular, roofless memorial, is a gateway to a cemetery laid out in the forest.  This was quite a surprise, considering that for the past year and a half, I had run past just yards away and never noticed.

While all of the remains in the main memorial grounds are German veterans of World War I, this cemetery was solely for World War II veterans.  Compared to the WWI gravestones, which are laid out in orderly lines in long rows, this WWII grounds had pairs of crosses scattered about the grounds facing in different directions.  But the crosses weren’t the gravesites, as they did not have any names or dates or unit designations on them.  They were just there.

Instead, the head stones were nothing more than bricks with the veteran’s name and dates.  Other bricks had unit designations, presumably to mark where members of that unit were buried.

So while we set out to find some color (there was some), instead we found a place to reflect.

Just a few feet off the beaten path.

So while we did find color, it just wasn’t appropriate for these images.

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5 thoughts on “Faded Colors”

  1. The following was found on a small monument in between the memorial and the cemetery in French and German:

    “Für Euch
    Für Den Frieden
    Bleiben Wir einig
    Seien Wir Freunde für immer”

    For You
    For Peace
    We Remain United
    We Are Friends Forever

  2. Thanks Shimon. I believe they are best in B&W, considering the subject matter.

    But I was blind to that at the beginning, instead focusing on the changing autumn colors. But the colors just didn’t work in the image – as soon as I got the yellows right, the greens closest to the sun would look almost neon. Very unnatural. So I went to bed very dissatisfied.

    Luckily I had a case of insomnia and as I lie there in bed I realized that they needed to be B&W.

    Like you said, most appropriate.

    Take care,
    Bill

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