PORTALS OF ENDURANCE

Endurance is the photo challenge theme this week.

So many things come to mind when considering this theme.

For inspiration, I decided to take a look at some of my photo files from the last few years. Nature predominates in my photos, I see. However, there are some pictures of architectural designs and constructs that really caught my interest.

When I was visiting Europe for my first and only time, I was drawn to some of the buildings and elements that had survived wars and turbulence. In Ypres, particularly, I noted many doors. The door in this photo that I took seemed to belong to another age, so solid and heavy.

To me, this portal represents endurance in a very tangible way, similar to the bright poppies that continue to thrive in the Belgian terrain scarred by WWI. I think of John McCrae‘s poem, In Flanders Fields , a poem that has become another enduring symbol of the First World War.

Looking back, I wonder how many 21st century doors and poems and poppies will survive the decades and centuries as I post this photo. Hmm…. 🙂

RED POPPY REMINDERS
RED POPPY REMINDERS

YPRES DOOR
YPRES DOOR

THE ZIGZAG TO PEACE!

Zigzag is the Weekly Photo Challenge. Sadly, it seems to be appropriate, in a week filled with present-day conflicts and centennial commemorations of the First World war.

The pathway to peace is far from straight. The past century is no exception to violent confrontations between nations.

As I saw in a battlefield tour of sites in France and Belgium, the scars of WWI remain in the fields of Flanders.

Today, daily news clearly shows the horrendous cost of battle in many parts of the world.

Here’s hoping that the world will zig towards peace, soon, as we advance into the next hundred years.

RED POPPIES IN FLANDERS 2006
RED POPPIES IN FLANDERS 2006

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