Daily Archives: November 11, 2014

Photo Challenge, Buzzard and Armistice Day Poem

1   I have been challenged today to try my hand at black and white photography so today’s photos have almost all been in B&W with some interesting results. Not being able to use colour as I usually do, it became all the more important to concentrate on form and texture. I love how the Passion Flower shows all its beautiful detail in monochrome. I have been surprised! Thank you, David.

Passion flower

Passion flower

2   While I was out in the garden finding subjects to photograph, Mr S alerted me to a buzzard in the back field. I’d be very interested to know which of the two photos you prefer – colour or black and white.  Click on either for detail.


3    The poem “For the Fallen” has been used around the world today, Armistice Day, to remember those lost in war. I heard today on the radio that it is also used in Australia on Anzac Day. It is read every sunset at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

As to how it came to be written, Laurence Binyon, the poet who was on holiday in Cornwall at the time, said, “I was set down, out of doors, on a cliff in Polzeath, Cornwall. The stanza “They Shall Grow Not Old” was written first and dictated the rhythmical movement of the whole poem” – See more here


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