Taps is a piece of music that brings a lot to mind. It is peaceful and yet dynamic. It gives us a few moments to think about what we are doing when we hear it. It does not let our mind wonder as the notes play across the field.
We jump when the guns or cannon goes off. It is our job to remember our veterans, to lengthen as long as possible their time of death to the time those of us who live actually forget who they are.
Memorial Day has special meaning to many. Here is the serious face of a small child with his hand over his heart. I could not resist the shot. As a photographer I sometimes exempt myself from the duties of a citizen, like hand over heart and standing at attention. Especially when I see patriotic training and forbearance has taken over and has been taught to our young people. These are the people of the future.
It is always a rule to carry a camera at all times no matter how inconvenient it is. Not a stunning place, but one that will bring back fond memories for me. The entire family out for a walk and not really being aware of our surroundings this wonderful sunset comes along. As I looked up I notice that several photographers has gathered to take the shot. I shuttered that I did not have a camera and then I remembered my Leica DLUX 4. I had it ready to shoot and using the program mode I was able to capture this shot. It capped off a perfect afternoon. No stress, or mess, just fun and time.