For story, info about this spot and another view, click on Bonsai Rock #1 :-)
For my final view of this rock for now :-), click on Bonsai Rock #3 :-)
PLEASE READ IF YOU HAVE A MINUTE :-)
I was going to come back today to finish this write up, but instead just decided that I had to let all my flickr friends know about my two extraordinary children. The reason I could not finish my write up yesterday was because my daughter age 7 and my son age 4 came home gleaming and wanted to tell me about their day with grandpa at the cemetery. After church yesterday both my little ones went to visit their great grandfather who is buried at a near by cemetery. While leaving flowers at his grave my daughter, so caringly notice that none of the graves of our fallen unknown soldiers had flowers on them. And she decided that they must be lonely, so she decided that one flower would make great grandpa just as happy as a whole boutique and decided that she would share them with our soldiers. After spreading out a couple of dozen roses to the graves of the unknown soldiers she thought to herself "we don't have enough" and so instructed my 4 year old son to start picking some of the wild flowers (weeds I believe) and placing them in the small urns that are present at each grave site, while she used the pad and pencil she always carries around with her to write small "Thank You" notes to place of the graves as well. And after 4 hours of this, my dad had to bribe them to leave, because as he told me they would have happily stayed there all night he believes. Yes, you can say I am a very proud daddy. Kids trump photos every time. :-)
So, I'd just like to say to everyone. If you find yourself visiting a graveyard any time. You might want to follow my children's example and pay thanks to the people who made the greatest sacrifice so that you could enjoy the Freedoms that we all hold so dear. So, it is because of my children's reminder I dedicate this shot to Our Fallen Heroes.
For the Techies :-)
In this shot I wanted to capture the sun setting behind the trees on the rock and still have an interesting foreground. There were only a few compositions available to catch the sun at the right angle and this was one of my favorites. I took many more on other days but I figured I'd post a few pix from the two days that had color in the sky first and then post the less colorful days afterwords.
Canon 5D Mark II
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO Speed: 50 (to get as even an exposure as possible)
Lens: Canon EF16-35mm f2.8L II
Tripod Gitzo G 026
Head Gitzo G1178M
1)Standard B+W UV that never leave my lens
2) Hi-Tech 1.2 Solid ND
3) Lee .6 & .9 soft edge ND grads (slightly staggered)
Thank you to all who stopped by to look at my other photos and comment and favorite them. It is much appreciated.