Friday, April 25, 2008

Sky Watch - Reflections

These clouds, reflected in the glassy sea, seemed so close I could reach up and touch them.

Pop into Tom's to link up with Sky Watch Friday.

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Today is ANZAC Day when we remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who lost their lives in conflicts fought across the globe. My Great-uncle died on the Western Front in France and my Grandfather was seriously injured at Villiers Breteneau and suffered from these leg injuries and from the side-effects of a number of gas attacks for the rest of his life.

In centres across Australia there will be dawn services, and here in Rabaul/Kokopo there will be a service at Bita Paka War Cemetery mid-morning.

An interesting fact: The first Australian service men lost in WWI were killed near here at Bita Paka during the capture of a German radio station.


I am posting this early as I fly to Port Moresby tomorrow and then on to Lae for work (will be back 3 May), so will be leaving you in the confident hands of He-Who-Doesn't-Blog and Benson (the Boy Cat). Hopefully they will remember to post every other day and keep their feet off the coffee table!!!!

57 comments:

Old Wom Tigley said...

Don't work to hard Jules and I will link you to Sky Watch when I post it .. have a safe trip.

Chuck Pefley said...

Very nice clouds and reflections!

War is not a nice thing. 'nough said on that.

Coffee tables are meant for feet -:)

Have a great time away, even though you will be working -:)

dive said...

Have a nice trip, Jules.
That photo of the glassy sea is so beautiful!

It's a shame I'm not in Westminster today as they always put on a good show at the Abbey for ANZAC Day and our Aussie and Kiwi contingent get all emotional.
It's good to remember.

Abraham Lincoln said...

Nice photo. Have a good time.

MmeBenaut said...

Beautiful sky Jules.
Good for you for doing a tribute to Anzac Day. I heard on the news tonight though that the men lost on the HMAS Sydney outnumbered the diggers lost in PNG and Vietnam (individually). No wonder there are tears flowing all over the country.

George Townboy said...

I thought I missed a day!! Love this photo ... and the history you provided about ANZAC Day. I read about WWOne recently and was amazed by the statistics.

Donna said...

Geez Jules...The cloud picture is Gorgeous......hughugs

Rose said...

Oh, this is one beautiful shot! I cannot tell you how much I enjoy it.

Luiz Ramos said...

History and tradition. Congratulations.
Good taken.

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Wonderful reflection.

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Angie said...

A superb photo, those reflections are just beautiful!

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

beautiful and magnificent photos sky

Denise BC said...

The clouds reflected in the sea are beautiful, and yet the most valuable commemorative text, congratulations.

Petunia said...

Nice shot! Beautiful reflections in the water:)
Petunia SWF

Voz do meu Coração said...

beautiful pictures, with a beautiful sky

Dulce said...

Such a beautiful sky and the clouds we can almost touch them!

Carole said...

The sea definitely does look like a mirror. Beautiful.

John said...

Nice shot and beautiful reflections!

imac said...

Nice sky Jules.

My sky watch is up also The Goat Man

Carletta said...

This is beautiful!

Daniel J Santos said...

Very beautiful image, have a great trip.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a beautiful sky and a wonderful tribute to the fallen. God bless.

Snap Catch said...

Great shot! Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. mine's up too, hope you'll visit mine.

Marie said...

Wonderful reflection!

Charm said...

great sky shot and wonderful reflection too.

Neal said...

That's a neat picture!!

dot said...

Beautiful reflection of the clouds!
Hope you enjoy your trip.

andrée said...

The clouds seem to be floating on the ocean. I am impressed by how solemnly Australia treats this special day.

quintarantino said...

Very nice clouds and reflections.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful clouds and nice reflection on the water

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Absolutely stunning!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

David said...

Wow, that photo is so lovely, and thanks also for the post about ANZAC day. I am yet to get mine up, but I've got my SWF up if you'd like to pop by (and if your computer works!)

Cheers,

David Webb: Nature Pictures

Sherry said...

What a beautiful photo, the clouds do look like they are close enough to touch. Stunning.

Joyismygoal said...

pretty evaportaion

Pretty Life Online said...

fantastic catch for SWF! mine’s up too, hope you can visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

Scotty Graham said...

Hi Jules....

So glad I bumped into your blog. we are almost neighbors. I am in Indonesia...I enjoyed reading your blog, and nice photo!!

Scotty

picturing said...

beautiful sky photo.

Will you visit mine Thanks

Juliana RW said...

nice shot.

Please check out mine Thanks

sunshineforlife said...

Very beautiful! that's what i feel too when the clouds make reflection on clear waters. :)

Happy Friday and safe trip!

Nathalie said...

Jules I realise I've missed a number of your posts since you are back, and how stupid was I. Most of your latest photos are just stunning!

This glassy sea reflection went straight to my heart, I remember often seeing the lagoon looking like that in Tahiti (I lived there for six years, twenty years ago).

The boy jumping in the water, the pink sky, and then the story about the surprise encounter etc. Just fantastic!

I hope you find your 'island legs' again soon and feel happy, preferably without too much gin to help!!!

Jilly said...

Those clouds look as if they are almost rolling in on the sea. Fabulous photograph.

Lovely tribute for ANZAC day. So many lives lost.

R&J said...

*****

Marie said...

Great photo. The clouds seem to be so low!

Have a nice trip, Jules!

Bravo for the homage you have paid to the WWI soldiers.

d. chedwick bryant said...

the 25th is Arbor Day in the states--we are busy planting trees and shrubs today--and all weekend.

enjoying catching up on your last few posts Jules!

the helmets were a bit sad...

babooshka said...

wonderful cloud formation. Well done for the ANZAC Day post.

byrningbunny said...

The sea looks so calm in contrast to those beautiful clouds above. You've captured the colors so well.

Did you make Anzac bickies?

Enjoy your trip.

sandy's notes said...

So clear, and beautiful!

Só- Poesias e outros itens said...

Great!!!
History and taken.
I love it.

JU Gioli

raf said...

Beautiful take on the seascape and fitting tribute to ANZAC.

Neva said...

What a beautiful place you live in...even with the bugs and volcano....I admire your perseverance.I think I would've thrown in the towel long ago but I am so glad you didn't!

Ida said...

Lovely Sky Watch! Nice reflections. :)

lynn said...

Oooh that top shot is superb and would make a wonderful postcard.

I'm going to explore Sky Watch Friday as i adore the beauty of skies.

lv2scpbk said...

Wonderful photo. Looks like your on a deserted island.

jenan said...

Interesting post of the war memorial - have you seen the petition on ninemsn for Australian government to fund a search for the Montevideo Maru, another Rabaul war story, albeit WW2.
Hope your trip away was fun as well as work!

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Percy said...

Jules
Just catching up with your Daily Photo's as like you I have been away, to Villers-Bretonneux for the 1st dawn service on ANZAC Day, very moving, 4000+ Australians in attendance, got a few nice photo's might email you if you are interested.

While in Paris on the way back to Oxford I spent an hour with Eric, great guy!