I have decided to join the Round Robin Photo Challenges this year. It sounds fun, and it will get involved in photography again. I haven't picked up my camera in at least two months, so this is the nudge I needed.
Today's challenge is: "I've always wanted to photograph..."
Well, I have always wanted to photograph a lot of things but they just aren't close enough for me to get to. I want to photograph the Grizzly Bears in Alaska. I'd love to photograph an oil derrick all lit up at night. I want to lay at the base of a huge wind turbine and take a photo. Since I couldn't get to these places to photograph these things, I dug in my archives and found a photo that I had waited years to take.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Last year about this time, I was able to go to Arlington Cemetary. I'd heard about it. Read about it. Dreamt about it. Then, finally, experienced it.
I was told that I *had* to see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. And that was exactly what I wanted to do. I was able to experience it twice on this trip, and I am so thankful. I hope people that live in that area still appreciate it, and still go to experience it as often as they can. I know I would.
The silence only interrupted by the clicking of the guards heels. The precise movements as he moved the rifle from one shoulder to the other. The feeling of patriotism filling the air. All of this you *have* to experience at least once. I thought I was patriotic before, but after seeing this and all of the headstones of all of the men and women who fought for us I feel even more patriotic than before.
Now, be sure to head on over to the Round Robin Photo Challenge to see what everyone else posted.