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Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolour) alert and guarding its nest territory on a fence row bordering a grassy meadow along the south end of Beaverhill Lake east of Tofield, Alberta, Canada.

 

The green background is the grassy meadow.

 

15 May, 2017.

 

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"The Wild and the windy night,

That the rain washed away,

Has left a pool of tears

Waiting for the day"

 

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Famine_(Ireland)

 

Maulin Mountain { 563 } rises high over the Wicklow/Dublin border with views to the Irish sea, Bray Head and Killiney Bay. It is a wild, wet boggy places but I love it as its a great place to go and find out who you really are.

You can see a pathway winding to the top which I had just traveled over, from the opposite side on a 3 mountain trek.

If you look to the left [north] of the mountain you will see a stone wall in the distance. These are famine walls built between 1847-1850 under the Office of Public Work, for no reason than to make the Irish work for there food[alms] so as "Not to encourage laziness! " { Lord John Russel }

 

www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine/hunger.htm

 

Unfortunately they were dying by the time they got it. It solved "The Irish Question " The Landlords wanted to clear the land of the troublesome natives and replace them with sheep which were less trouble and more profitable. The famine was a great solution for them! To me the many thousands of stones used, is fitting tribute as each one represents someone who died of starvation. How dreadful.

Ive tried to tone down the harsh truth of this but I just cant. There is no way of justifying the death of over 1 million people.To this day it stands as the single worst injustice

ever foisted upon us and it is still ingrained very deeply in the psyche of every Irish person. The British government, under John Major, has done wonderful work and has apologise`d for what happened and helped to create a lasting peace in Northern Ireland so that has made a vast difference to all our lives.Lets make certain nothing like It will never happen again!

We move on though as we must and we learn but lets not forget these unknown innocents who just disappeared and who are buried on these mountains. Maybe thats what draws me there and why it means so much to me.

Anyway, thats enough sad stuff. Heres Andy Irvine and Liam O Flynn, Wont you " Come with me over the mountain "

So come on then. Try to keep up, but Ill wait for you anyway.

 

Enjoy!!!

Hugs,

P@t.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lAXmNG0VDA

 

Update; Wow In really amazed at how much you seem to like my pic!!! Thank you!!!

Just something I wanted to say!

One million immigrants from Ireland were taken in by America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Only for them I dread to think of what would have happened. That explains of course why we are everywhere and we do pro create at a fair rate!!!. Maybe thats to do with the Guinness! 12 pints and Im anybodies! Well, probably nobodies and everybodies all at once!!!

The World is changing now and what with Brexit and closing of borders etc, we must guard against becoming bigoted patriots. I know all about that from here! Its dangerous and our fellow human beings are the most important life on this fragile planet that we all share.I do think that good people always win through!

Love and Hugs to all of you from me!

P@t.

   

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Πυρσόγιαννη

Η Πυρσόγιαννη είναι κτισμένη στις πλαγιές της κορυφής Στενό (1900μ) της οροσειράς του Γράμμου, λίγο ψηλότερα από το σημείο ένωσης του Γοργοπόταμου με τον μεγάλο ποταμό της περιοχής αυτής, το Σαραντάπορο. Είναι κτισμένη αμφιθεατρικά, σε σημείο με άριστη θέα προς τα γύρω βουνά και δάση, λουσμένη όλη την ημέρα από τον ήλιο και περιβάλεται από πυκνό δρυοδάσος. Απέχει 27,1 χλμ από την Κόνιτσα.

Αποτελεί την έδρα του Δήμου Μαστοροχωρίων, την έδρα του Πολυδύναμου Αστυνομικού Τμήματος της περιοχής (κυρίως για φύλαξη των συνόρων) και διαθέτει τις βασικές υποδομές εστίασης και φιλοξενίας τουριστών. Τόπος αναφοράς του χωριού είναι και το Ξενοδοχείο της Πυρσόγιαννης που χτίστηκε με δαπάνες των ίδιων των Πυρσογιαννιτών.

"Η αδελφότητα των Πυρσογιαννιτών"(στεγάζεται στο κτήριο που διακρίνεται πρώτο κατά σειρά στο κέντρο της εικόνας και από πίσω του είναι το κτήριο του Δημαρχείου) είναι το καμάρι των κατοίκων της δεδομένου ότι έχει επιδείξει και συνεχίζει να επιδεικνύει σημαντικό έργο.

Στολίδι του χωριού είναι ο Άι-Γιώργης , μια επιβλητική πέτρινη εκκλησία με εντυπωσιακό καμπαναριό(διακρίνεται στην κορυφή)

Έχει υψόμετροπερίπου 840-860 μ. και πληθυσμό περίπου 100 κατοίκους.

Η κυριαρχία της πέτρας είναι εμφανέστατη,πράγμα απολύτως φυσικό μιάς και τοχωριό αυτό ήταν η πατρίδα αμέτρητων λαϊκών μαστόρων της πέτρας, οι οποίοι για περισσότερο από 3 αιώνες ταξίδευαν αρχικά σε όλη την Ελλάδα και αργότερα σε όλο τον κόσμο, χτίζοντας αρχοντικά, εκκλησίες, γεφύρια, σχολεία, νερόμυλους, καμπαναριά, χάνια, φάρους, τζαμιά, μοναστήρια, ελαιοτριβεία, πηγάδια, φούρνους, αυλές, φράχτες, καλντερίμια κλπ. Ύστερα ήρθαν το μπετόν και η άσφαλτος... Οι μάστορες ήταν οργανωμένοι σε μπουλούκια και για να συνεννοούνται μεταξύ τους χρησιμοποιούσαν μια συνθηματική γλώσσα, τα περιβόητα "κουδαρίτικα", γιαυτό λέγονταν και Κουδαραίοι.

Αφιερωμένο στην τέχνη αυτή είναι το "Μουσείο Ηπειρωτών Μαστόρων" που στεγάζεται στο παλιό σχολείο του χωριού και συγκεντρώνει σημαντικά εκθέματα και αρχεία από την ζωή των μαστόρων(αριστερά όπως κοιτάμε την εικόνα κάτω από το καμπαναριό του Αι-Γιώργη).

Pyrsogianni

Pyrsogianni is built on the slopes of the Steno peak (1900m) of the Grammos mountain range, slightly higher than the Gorgopotamos union point with the large river in this area, Sarantaporos. It is built amphitheatrically, at a point with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and forests, bathed all day by the sun and surrounded by dense oak forests. It is 27.1 km from Konitsa.

It is the headquarters of the Municipality of Mastorohoria, the seat of the Polyvalent Police Department of the area (mainly for border guarding) and it has the basic infrastructure for hospitality and hospitality of tourists. reference site of the village is the Hotel of Pyrsogianni built at the expense of themselves Pyrsogianniton.

The "Brotherhood of the Pyrsogiannites" (housed in the building that is distinguished first in the center of the image and behind it is the building of the Town Hall) is the pride of its inhabitants as it has demonstrated and continues to show important work.

Gem of the village is Saint-George, an imposing stone church with impressive bell tower (seen on top)

He ypsometroperipou 840 to 860 m., And a population of about 100 residents.

The dominance of the stone is obvious, which is quite natural, since it was the homeland of countless folk masters of stone, who for more than 3 centuries originally traveled all over Greece and later around the world, building mansions, churches, bridges, Schools, watermills, bell towers, halls, lighthouses, mosques, monasteries, mills, wells, ovens, courtyards, fences, cobblestone streets, etc. Then the concrete and the asphalt were added ... The craftsmen were organized in busses ousan a sign language, the notorious "koudaritika", so were called Koudaraioi.

Dedicated to this art is the "Museum of Epirotes Mastoros", which is housed in the old school of the village and gathers important exhibits and records from the life of the masons (left as we look at the icon under the bell tower of Saint-George).

 

Πηγή Source 1

 

Πηγή Source 2

 

Πηγή Source 3

 

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Πυρσόγιαννη

Η Πυρσόγιαννη είναι κτισμένη στις πλαγιές της κορυφής Στενό (1900μ) της οροσειράς του Γράμμου, λίγο ψηλότερα από το σημείο ένωσης του Γοργοπόταμου με τον μεγάλο ποταμό της περιοχής αυτής, το Σαραντάπορο. Είναι κτισμένη αμφιθεατρικά, σε σημείο με άριστη θέα προς τα γύρω βουνά και δάση, λουσμένη όλη την ημέρα από τον ήλιο και περιβάλεται από πυκνό δρυοδάσος. Απέχει 27,1 χλμ από την Κόνιτσα.

Αποτελεί την έδρα του Δήμου Μαστοροχωρίων, την έδρα του Πολυδύναμου Αστυνομικού Τμήματος της περιοχής (κυρίως για φύλαξη των συνόρων) και διαθέτει τις βασικές υποδομές εστίασης και φιλοξενίας τουριστών. Τόπος αναφοράς του χωριού είναι και το Ξενοδοχείο της Πυρσόγιαννης που χτίστηκε με δαπάνες των ίδιων των Πυρσογιαννιτών.

"Η αδελφότητα των Πυρσογιαννιτών"(στεγάζεται στο κτήριο που διακρίνεται πρώτο κατά σειρά στο κέντρο της εικόνας και από πίσω του είναι το κτήριο του Δημαρχείου) είναι το καμάρι των κατοίκων της δεδομένου ότι έχει επιδείξει και συνεχίζει να επιδεικνύει σημαντικό έργο.

Στολίδι του χωριού είναι ο Άι-Γιώργης , μια επιβλητική πέτρινη εκκλησία με εντυπωσιακό καμπαναριό(διακρίνεται στην κορυφή

Έχει υψόμετροπερίπου 840-860 μ. και πληθυσμό περίπου 100 κατοίκους.

Η κυριαρχία της πέτρας είναι εμφανέστατη,πράγμα απολύτως φυσικό μιάς και τοχωριό αυτό ήταν η πατρίδα αμέτρητων λαϊκών μαστόρων της πέτρας, οι οποίοι για περισσότερο από 3 αιώνες ταξίδευαν αρχικά σε όλη την Ελλάδα και αργότερα σε όλο τον κόσμο, χτίζοντας αρχοντικά, εκκλησίες, γεφύρια, σχολεία, νερόμυλους, καμπαναριά, χάνια, φάρους, τζαμιά, μοναστήρια, ελαιοτριβεία, πηγάδια, φούρνους, αυλές, φράχτες, καλντερίμια κλπ. Ύστερα ήρθαν το μπετόν και η άσφαλτος... Οι μάστορες ήταν οργανωμένοι σε μπουλούκια και για να συνεννοούνται μεταξύ τους χρησιμοποιούσαν μια συνθηματική γλώσσα, τα περιβόητα "κουδαρίτικα", γιαυτό λέγονταν και Κουδαραίοι.

Αφιερωμένο στην τέχνη αυτή είναι το "Μουσείο Ηπειρωτών Μαστόρων" που στεγάζεται στο παλιό σχολείο του χωριού και συγκεντρώνει σημαντικά εκθέματα και αρχεία από την ζωή των μαστόρων(αριστερά όπως κοιτάμε την εικόνα κάτω από το καμπαναριό του Αι-Γιώργη).

Pyrsogianni

Pyrsogianni is built on the slopes of the Steno peak (1900m) of the Grammos mountain range, slightly higher than the Gorgopotamos union point with the large river in this area, Sarantaporos. It is built amphitheatrically, at a point with excellent views of the surrounding mountains and forests, bathed all day by the sun and surrounded by dense oak forests. It is 27.1 km from Konitsa.

It is the headquarters of the Municipality of Mastorohoria, the seat of the Polyvalent Police Department of the area (mainly for border guarding) and it has the basic infrastructure for hospitality and hospitality of tourists. reference site of the village is the Hotel of Pyrsogianni built at the expense of themselves Pyrsogianniton.

The "Brotherhood of the Pyrsogiannites" (housed in the building that is distinguished first in the center of the image and behind it is the building of the Town Hall) is the pride of its inhabitants as it has demonstrated and continues to show important work.

Gem of the village is Saint-George, an imposing stone church with impressive bell tower (seen on top

He ypsometroperipou 840 to 860 m., And a population of about 100 residents.

The dominance of the stone is obvious, which is quite natural, since it was the homeland of countless folk masters of stone, who for more than 3 centuries originally traveled all over Greece and later around the world, building mansions, churches, bridges, Schools, watermills, bell towers, halls, lighthouses, mosques, monasteries, mills, wells, ovens, courtyards, fences, cobblestone streets, etc. Then the concrete and the asphalt were added ... The craftsmen were organized in busses ousan a sign language, the notorious "koudaritika", so were called Koudaraioi.

Dedicated to this art is the "Museum of Epirotes Mastoros", which is housed in the old school of the village and gathers important exhibits and records from the life of the masons (left as we look at the icon under the bell tower of Saint-George).

 

Πηγή Source 1

 

Πηγή Source 2

 

Πηγή Source 3

 

The Wickerman

 

The wickerman stands guard at the entrance to what was the site of the Wickerman Festival which was the biggest music festival in Dumfries and Galloway. The festival was one that I especially enjoyed over the past few years being allowed to photograph the event as part of the press core. The event was sadly cancelled due to the sad death of its founder Jamie Gilroy.

 

The wickerman is slowly falling apart....

 

Kirkcarswell Farm, Kirkcudbright

 

Sony A7RII

Sony FE24-70mm f2.8 GM

 

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is sited on a river cliff above the river Wye, guarding the border between England and Wales. Pretty tricky to attack, methinks!

Ares and Zeus, the watchdogs of the compound we stayed in Mallorca.

There is something special about these red collars. That compound is too large to fence it in. So it has an electric cable running underground around its border. Crossing this the dogs would feel an electric shock - thus they know how far they may freely roam.

 

Texture by Andrea Rusky again. Thanks!

 

A pale morning sky over a half plowed/half stubble farm field with an oak standing guard on the border.

This is a rather different photograph from my usual style in that it has a person in it. It is a legal requirement to take an armed guard with you if you go into the Simien Mountains near the Eritrean border. This guard just sat around quietly while we watched wildlife. When he sat with this spectacular backdrop I took his photograph. He then asked me for the T-shirt I was wearing. I asked him if he wanted the shirt off my back but I don't think he understood the joke.

Guarding her borders XM607 stands as the testament of strength, agility, poise and defender of the realm!

The Media Armory, is a historic National Guard armory located in Media, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1908 for company H of the 6th Infantry Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The building was originally used for training and the storage of arms and ammunition, but has been converted for use into a Trader Joe's grocery store and the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum. The structure's intended military use is expressed by its heavily buttressed walls, broken battlements, and low flanking towers," according to a 1984 plaque afixed to the building by the Media Borough Council.

 

The company served in Mexican Border Expedition, and re-designated as company H, 111th Infantry, 28th Infantry Division, in France in World War I, and as Company M, in the South Pacific in World War II.

 

The building was designed by William L. Price and M H. McLanahan. Its construction is of random rubble and includes a basement and two stories. Solar panels, which are barely visible from the street, were added in 2004.

 

-wikipedia

 

North Korean soldiers guard the banks of the Yalu River near the North Korean town of Sinuiju, opposite the Chinese border city of Dandong, April 4, 2010. A train thought to be carrying Kim Jong-il to China appears to have been a cargo freighter on a journey unrelated to the reclusive North Korean leader, witnesses at the border said on Saturday. REUTERS/Jacky Chen (NORTH KOREA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Tränenpalast, Berlin

 

"The building constructed in 1962 at Friedrichstraße train station in Berlin – known colloquially as the "Tränenpalast" or "Palace of Tears" – served the GDR dictatorship until 1990 as a departure terminal for people leaving the GDR for West Berlin. Like no other location, the pavilion serves as a reminder of the partition of Germany and of all the fates connected with it. Many individuals were forced to say goodbye to friends and relatives here. East Germans were painfully reminded time and again that the border was closed to them, while many others found themselves powerless in the face of bullying border guards..."

 

www.museumsportal-berlin.de/en/museums/tranenpalast/

 

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The Curonian Spit, named after one of the early Baltic tribes that inhabited the region, is a curious place, a 60 mile-long finger of sand that stretches upwards from Russian Kaliningrad to within a handshake of the Lithuanian mainland, separating the waters of the Baltic Sea from the Curonian lagoon. The northern 32 miles of this peninsula belong to Lithuania, accessed by ferry from the port of Klaipeda. Make the short hop across the strait and you reach a National Park and Unesco World Heritage Site of astonishing beauty.

 

Few of my photographer friends call me a lady of the desert and to be true to that name, I have to post yet another shot from sand dunes - this time from European continent. It must have been raining all day/night before I got there as there were no usual shapes and shadows I could play with. Luckily I had some lovely clouds I could nicely incooperate into the shot. I also should not forget to mention that the best and cleanest (from footprints) part of the dunes was just at the border with Russia and I was rather lucky to get to this guarded area without being noticed and yes I have pretend I dont see any of those NO ENTRY sings !! :-)) I was caught on the way back by a border guard and escorted to my car which I parked in no entry zone.. luckily all was ok when I tried my "I know nothing" method :-)) so much fun and adventure to get shots you want :-))

 

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It was near sundown when the two Guards stopped to make camp. The Geirstad guards looked nervous and fearful; pausing and staring at every crush of a dead leaf or crack of a fallen branch. The brown haired man knelt down to collect twigs and branches scattered amidst the undergrowth, while the dark haired Soldier gathered his bow and his quiver of arrows to keep watch. The light was nearly gone now, and night would soon begin.

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The Gothi troops moved quickly through the forest, splitting up into multiple groups to find the remnants of the Geirstad force, largely compiled of former bandits and crooks, that was attacked by a large group of enemies in the woods near the Svealand border, and the survivors are scattered throughout the Eastern border woodlands. The Gothi are Coastal Raiders from Snömark, the Northern most Jarldom.

 

As the Gothi were moving over a ridge they spotted a small campfire. Friend or foe, the Gothi were headed towards it. As the camp came into view, the dying light illuminated the two Geirstad soldiers; the leather lamellar armor coated in dirt, blood and sweat, pants torn and the overwhelming smell of body odor and stale blood was ever present. The three Gothi Warriors, led by Hersir Gunnar, and two Drengr: Brom and Bjorn.

 

"Hei! Good day!" Shouted Gunnar as they closed in on the campsite.

 

"Hei, and who are you?" Inquired the Brown haired man who appeared to be the leader, slowly stringing his bow.

 

"Where are your manners?" joked Gunnar

 

"Fire is needed by the newcomer

 

Whose knees are frozen numb;

 

Meat and clean linen a man needs

 

Who has fared across the fells.

 

Water, too, that he may wash before eating,

 

Hand cloths and a hearty welcome,

 

Courteous words, then courteous silence

 

That he may tell his tale. Have you not read the Havamal?" Gunnar continued smiling, offering his arm to the Geirstad guard. The Guard smiled back and grabbed his arm and shook.

 

"I'm Hersir Gunnar, Officer with the Gothi Coastal Raiders, and you?"

 

"Sven, guard from Geirstad. Are you here to help us track them down?"

 

"Track who down? What are you-" A large roar, followed by very many more shook the night air. "This will be a long night..."

Gruun, jit-shuuret! Ayi uunén sduuns yi g'kellfth ee te'e

guhfi. Kiizsh ho gi xiin kiizsh te.

 

Halt, traveler! This stream marks the border of our land. Cross it and you cross us.

 

Science fantasy...there are notes explaining obscure details of the alien culture on the picture.

Listen to this while reading

 

Breaking News

Breaking news coming from Belgrade, Serbia today. Just a few hours ago, French troops raided the compound of the arms dealer known as "Mohawk" and captured him. The compound was on the outskirts of Belgrade and appeared to be a small storage facility for weapons, but more so a housing complex for Mohawk himself and his small team of guards. Here is an eyewitness account from a French Special Forces operative, who due to security reasons will go unnamed:

 

It was midday, and we got word from tho commander that recon had confirmed his location. We were loaded up and moving out in a half hour. We reached the compound and took them completely by surprise. Only a few guards tried shooting at us, so we took them down and the rest came quietly. It was obvious the only loyalty they had was to their substantial paycheck. The compound was pretty much a neighborhood that Mohawk had bought, or took, and fenced off. The fence was pretty obviously makeshift, thrown together with a bunch of different materials and already showing a bit of wear and rust. It wasn't too tall, but it was tall enough to say "We don't want you here." There was one tan building that they had converted into a small warehouse with a metal door and keypad lock. We looked inside and it was filled with AK-47s and the like. The other buildings were mainly housing for the guards and Mohawk himself. We rounded all of them up pretty quickly with the help of the regular Army guys who showed up a little while after we had infiltrated. I found him sitting in his room, having a glass of expensive liquor. I think he had accepted his defeat and was having a last drink before his capture. He came quietly and I took him out to Phoenix, a DGSE agent, who whisked him away in a chopper. It was a pretty quick, textbook raid with no casualties on our side. We owned the compound by the end of the day.

 

The French have just released the name of the arms dealer a few minutes ago. His name is Antonije Knezevic, he is a 48 year old man, height is 5' 10", weighs 170lbs. Not much is known yet on his background, but we will keep you posted.

 

This event has effectively ended the conflict in Serbia, and French troops have begun to withdraw back into the borders of their ally Bosnia. Thank you for watching this news report, tune back in at 10PM for more details.

 

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It's a hard life on the farm sometimes!

"Having been the first troops from Loreos have come into the land of Lanfald, Mr. Rose has decided to strictly guard their border section. Yet what hangs out between the bushes?"

 

Find it out!

A trip up to Bewcastle to photograph the church last week and decided to take one of the ruined old "Bewcastle" . My tripod wasn't able to get high enough to shoot it over the stone wall , so just rested it on the wall and hoped the gust's didn't blow it over !

 

Bewcastle is an isolated village steeped in Roman and Border history. The church, farm, and castle occupy the site of a Roman out post fort which guarded the Maiden Way, the main Roman road north from Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall some 10km (6 miles) to the south.

 

The fort was dedicated to a local deity, Cocidius, and is unusual in having six sides, rather than the more usual rectangle or square. The fort was probably built around 122AD and occupied until AD 343.

 

Bewcastle is an isolated village steeped in Roman and Border history. The church, farm, and castle occupy the site of a Roman out post fort which guarded the Maiden Way, the main Roman road north from Birdoswald on Hadrian’s Wall some 10km (6 miles) to the south.

 

The stone castle was constructed between 1340 and 1360 using much material from the old Roman fort. During the 15th and 16th century it provided sanctuary for locals during Scottish raids.

 

This area was much fought over by the Border Reivers; feuding, lawless, local families who raided each others farms taking livestock, goods, and possessions.

 

Taken from www.Bewcastle.com

I planned on going to Glacier for the day last October, When I got to the border there was smoke everywhere. The border guard had told me it had been like this all week. I went on to Many Glacier but the smoke was bad I took a few shots then headed back home. This shot was a result of heavy smoke in the air.

The so called Schwanenstein, a glacial erratic near the village of Lohme on the island of Rügen, Germany. On 13 February 1956, a sad story linked to the stone happened when three boys of the village of Lohme were playing at the shore of the frozen sea. Suddenly the weather changed and a storm broke the ice. The boys saved themselves on the stone. As the wind became a hurricane, local fishermen and border guards tried to save them, but they failed due to the heavy storm. The next morning, when the weather had calmed, the bodies of the three boys were recovered from the stone.

A BORDER POLICE ARMOURED CAR GUARDING PASSENGER PLANES PARKED ON THE TARMAC OF BEN GURION AIRPORT.

 

10/06/1975, National Photo Collection, Moshe Milner

High in the mountains of Csheg along the northern border of the Royal Kingdom sets the highlands watch tower, as it is often called. Far from any aid, the guards that stand watch here must rely on their own talents and ingenuity. Ever watchful, they protect the wild border and guard the rugged old bridge that serves as the only crossing for the roaring river between the two nations.

Omaha Beach - view from WN60, Fox Red sector - Normandy, France

 

On the Photo:

 

Photo was taken from WN60 (Widerstandsnest 60), the Eastermost of the 14 German Widerstandsneste that guarded Omaha Beach in june 1944. It has a great view over the whole of Omaha but is rather difficult to reach, one needs to take some dirt roads used by farmers. I do not recommend taking the dirtroad - Exit F-1 in the Allied plans - down to the beach with anything less then a 4 wheel drive. It damn well near cost me my Opel family car :-)

Note the curve in the beach and the high bluffs overlooking it from East to West. WN60 was in fact the first German WN to be captured in the morning of june 6, 1944.

 

Nikon D7000 with Tamron 28-75mm f2.8 Three differently exposed (handheld) shots were used and tonemapped for this photo. (augustus 2012).

 

For a map of the eastern part of Omaha click here. The German WN's are marked as well as the Draws and beach sections.

 

See my other Omaha beach photo's for more viewpoints, panorama shots and notes on the fighting

  

Omaha Beach

 

Omaha beach is a stretch of beach roughly 5 miles or 8 km. long between Vierville-sur-Mer and Ste Honorine des pertes on the coast of Normandy. It was one of the five designated landing areas for the biggest invasion ever during WWII in the summer of 1944.

Omaha was divided into ten sectors by the Allies; codenamed (from west to east): Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog Green, Dog White, Dog Red, Easy Green, Easy Red, Fox Green and Fox Red.

 

On june 6, 1944 -D-Day - the initial assault on Omaha was to be made by two Regimental Combat Teams (RCT), supported by two tank battalions, with two battalions of Rangers also attached. The RCT's were part of the veteran 1st Infantry division ("The Big Red One") and the untested 29th div.("Blue and Grey") , a National Guard unit.

 

The plan was to make frontal assaults at the "draws" (valleys) in the bluffs which dominate the coast in Normandy. Codenamed west to east they were called D-1, D-3, E-1, E-3 and F-1 . These draws could then be used to move inland with reserves and vehicles.

 

The German defenders were not stupid; they knew the draws were vital and concentrated their limited resources in defending them. To this end and lead by the famous "Desert Fox" Field-Marshall Erwin Rommel they built "Widerstandsneste" with AT guns, mortars, MG's in Tobruk's, trenches and bunkers. These were manned by soldiers of the German 716th and 352nd Infantry Division, a large portion of whom were teenagers, though they were supplemented by veterans who had fought on the Eastern Front . All in all some 1100 German soldiers defended the entire Omaha beach sector.

 

Preliminary bombardments were almost totally ineffective and when the initial waves landed at low tide they met with fiece opposition of an enemy well dug in and prepared. Most of the floating tanks (Sherman DD type) never made it to the beach due to the rough seas or were taken out by AT guns. Their role to support the infantry following them was reduced to almost zero before the battle even begun.

 

Casualties were heaviest amongst the troops landing at either end of Omaha. At Fox Green and Easy Red scattered elements of three companies were reduced to half strength by the time they gained the relative safety of the shingle, many of them having crawled the app. 300 yards (270 m) of beach just ahead of the incoming tide. Casualties were especially heavy amongst the first waves of infantry and the "gap assault teams" made by Combat Engineers - at Omaha these were tasked with blasting channels through the beach obstacles.

 

Situation at Dog Green and Easy Red by mid morning was so bad with nearly all the troops essentially pinned down on the beach gen. Eisenhower seriously considered to abandon the operation; in "First Wave at OMAHA Beach", S.L.A. Marshall, chief U.S. Army combat historian, called it "an epic human tragedy which in the early hours bordered on total disaster."

 

As the first waves of infantry, tanks and combat engineers landing directly opposite the "draws" were pinned down it was up to forces landing on the flanks of these strongpoints to penetrate the weaker German defences by climbing the bluffs. Doing this they had to overcome minefields and barbed wire as well as machinegun fire from German positions but they did and they were able to attack some key strongpoints from the side and the rear, taking them out by early afternoon.

This happened on several spots at Omaha and essentially saved the day: individual acts of initiative by lower ranked officers and courage like that of First Lieutenant Jimmy Monteith, who led a group of men to take one of the key German widerstandsneste and was killed in action, succeeded where a flawed plan failed. By the end of the day most of the German strongpoints had been taken and the battle was won - albeit at a terrible cost.

  

STS Pogoria is a Polish barquentine launched in 1980 in Gdynia.

She was designed by Zygmunt Choreń as Sail training ship

statistics: displacement: DWT498 metric tons

length: 48.00|m, beam: 8.00|m, draught : 3.70|m,

propulsion: 945|m2 sail and 310|hp Wola Warszawa diesel engine

Ship owner Polish Government

 

History

On 7 July 2009, two of the masts on Pogoria broke at welded joints while the ship was en route to St Petersburg, Russia. The 37 youths onboard were airlifted off the ship by two helicopters of the Finnish Border Guard's Aviation Unit. The ship was towed into Hanko as her engines were disabled in the incident

troubled Polish ship towed into Hanko Harbour

 

texture mine C/Mare 11_25_43

 

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Hann's greatest love is protecting (what he thinks of is) his territory. He does adopt this authoratitive look, I reckon he would be good working in Border Control - only the brave or foolish would attempt to get past that steely gaze! Inside however, we know, and especially Gretel, that he is soft as biutter!

This 3-embrasure machine gun pillbox sits nicely on a slope of a gentle hill. A small valley, with a stream at the bottom, protects it from the front, and the road - running parallel to the former German-Soviet border – was perfectly withing range of its three Maxim heavy machine guns.

Or rather, it would've been, if the builders have ever had enough time to fully equip and arm the pillbox. And so, the German onslaught on the early morning of 22nd of July 1941 swept aside weak screening force of border guards and steamrolled deeper inland.

There is no known record of any of the Molotov Line bunkers in Lithuania to have been used effectively in their designated defensive role.

Still, the view from the empty embrasures – a valley with a stream at the bottom, winding its way to a nearby small lake and the forest treeline far away – is truly spectacular.

 

And yes, the moon was there.

 

This photo is Best on black at Fluidr

 

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"High above in the frozen mountains on the Garhim border lies the Hjalmoor Guard. The Hjalmoor started as an order of mountain raiders who would descend down onto the villages and steal and plunder. Three hundred years ago, the Jarl of the area made them official Guards of the Region and in return get the right to pillage the neighboring kingdoms villages. This has suited the Hjalmoor very nicely and they've kept out invaders ever since."-History of the Garheim

High on the northern border of Roman England, Hadrian’s Wall separates Roman Civilization from barbaric wilderness. The heavy brick construction makes it almost impossible to penetrate, and the trench dug several yards in front of it makes it even more difficult for attackers. The creation of this wall has clearly separated roman territory from that of the unconquered tribes. But, not all people like this distinction…

 

The tribal leader rallied his Celtic brethren, “Join me, brothers, in ridding our hunting land of these despicable invaders. They have built their walls and cities on our land, and we must push them off!”

The gathered warriors let out a wild cheer, waving their weapons back and forth in the air. The invaders would be put in their place, tonight…

 

A troop of roman soldiers rushed towards the massive wall. Cries and screams came to them from the other side. An alarm had been raised at a nearby fort; reports had come in of a barbarian attack on one of the guard towers. The archers stationed there had mostly stopped the raiding Celts, but this squad of soldiers would finish them off.

 

Soli Deo Gloria :)

 

The so called Schwanenstein, a glacial erratic near the village of Lohme on the island of Rügen, Germany. On 13 February 1956, a sad story linked to the stone happened when three boys of the village of Lohme were playing at the shore of the frozen sea. Suddenly the weather changed and a storm broke the ice. The boys saved themselves on the stone. As the wind became a hurricane, local fishermen and border guards tried to save them, but they failed due to the heavy storm. The next morning, when the weather had calmed, the bodies of the three boys were recovered from the stone.

While the recent addition of the National Guard providing a support role manning computers and cameras has allowed more Border Patrol agents to work the field, more agents are still needed. - Timothy Murphy -. Find us at SIAJNAD.COM

My Scanner keeps making a horrible clattering noise & a red light flashes on it toxically. So I improvised - took a shot of these four analogue prints in situ in thier album with my Canon. A result, I think...note Steiner pissing on Berlin Wall top right image, ever the Rebel, he risked his tool to strike a blow for Freedom...it was a Political gesture, actually. You could say it was a stream of conciouspiss...from an Irish Student Piss Artist & Political Pissident :-)

 

Eighties - Killing Joke (1984)

   

A member of the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) standing at the border between Bangladesh and the Indian state of Meghalaya.

 

Photographed at the beautiful Jaflong of Bangladesh which is sometimes complimented as the daughter of nature with magnificent hills,rivers,khasia villages and beautiful fountains.

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I was originally enrolled into the GETTY IMAGES collection as a contributor on April 9th 2012, and when links with FLICKR were terminated in March 2014, I was retained and fortunate enough to be signed up via a second contract, both of which have proved to be successful with sales of my photographs all over the world now handled exclusively by them.

    

On November 12th 2015 GETTY IMAGES unveiled plans for a new stills upload platform called ESP (Enterprise Submission Platform), to replace the existing 'Moment portal', and on November 13th I was invited to Beta test the new system prior to it being officially rolled out in December. (ESP went live on Tuesday December 15th 2015 and has smoothed out the upload process considerably).

  

With visits now in excess of 18.989 Million to my FLICKR site, used primarily these days as a fun platform to reach friends and family as I have now sold my professional gear and now take a more leisurely approach to my photographic exploits, I would like to say a huge and heartfelt 'THANK YOU' to FLICKR, GETTY IMAGES and everyone who drops by.

  

***** Selected for sale in the GETTY IMAGES COLLECTION on February 12th 2017

  

CREATIVE RF gty.im/639954038 MOMENT OPEN COLLECTION**

  

This photograph became my 2,566th frame to be selected for sale in the Getty Images collection and I am very grateful to them for this wonderful opportunity.

  

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This photograph was taken at 17:02pm on Monday May 16th 2016 on Glacier Highway 37A in the Town of Stewart, a district municipality at the head of the Portland Canal in northwestern

British Columbia, Canada on the Canada-US border. The US border side is unmanned and the only entry point into the USA from Canada that has no border guard presence.

  

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Nikon D800 200mm 1/500s f/5.6 iso100 RAW (14Bit)Hand held. Nikon back focus button enabled. AF-C Continuous point focus with 3-D tracking. Manual exposure. Matrix metering. Auto white balance.

  

Nikkor AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6G ED VR. Power Up 95mm UV filter. Nikon MB-D12 battery grip. Two Nikon EN-EL15 batteries. Nikon DK-17M 1.2x Magnifying Eyepiece. Nikon DK-19 soft rubber eyecup. Digi-Chip 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC card. Lowepro Transporter camera strap. Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Photo/ 15.4" Notebook Backpack camera bag.

  

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RAW (TIFF) FILE SIZE: 103.00MB

PROCESSED (JPeg) SIZE: 41.85MB

  

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PROCESSING POWER:

 

Nikon D800 Firmware versions A 1.10 B 1.10 L 2.009 (Lens distortion control version 2)

 

HP 110-352na Desktop PC with AMD Quad-Core A6-5200 APU processor. AMD Radeon HD8400 graphics. 8 GB DDR3 Memory with 1TB SATA storage. 64-bit Windows 10. Verbatim USB 2.0 1TB desktop hard drive. WD My Passport Ultra 1tb USB3 Portable hard drive. Nikon ViewNX2 Version 2.10.3 64bit. Adobe photoshop Elements 8 Version 8.0 64bit.

   

A man-portable MG requiring only one man to operate, thus making it one of the most versatile MGs to be fielded in the war.

Though still far heavier than a standard rifle, and requiring to be set on its bipod to rest before it can fire, since the second hand needs to turn the crank.

The MF1904 is the preffered weapon of the 2nd Calvary Brigade of Vienna, who utilize a special mount to fire it from horseback.

It is also one of the key elements of the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th Brigades, Trench Brigades guarding the border.

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The squirrels and pigeons tease the dog something rotten in the garden. Here she is on red alert as something is moving in the trees. In a few seconds she will hurtle down the garden barking her head off for nothing! Another fruitless exercise as they will be long gone!

Günter Schabowski, the party boss in East Berlin and the spokesman for the SED Politburo, had the task of announcing this; however, he had not been involved in the discussions about the new regulations and had not been fully updated. Shortly before a press conference on 9 November, he was handed a note announcing the changes, but given no further instructions on how to handle the information. These regulations had only been completed a few hours earlier and were to take effect the following day, so as to allow time to inform the border guards—however, nobody had informed Schabowski.

 

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Actually first contact with Africa was trying to get through customs — the border guard, upon seeing we were Canadian, sent us to get stamped by the health inspector on the look out for Swine Flu (or Grippe Porcine, as they say, or The Grip, as we took to calling it) before letting us through.

 

This is the Marrakech airport. It's real pretty. :)

 

Mandatory viewing.

 

I think that's it for me today. The jetlag is hitting. I'm overwhelmed with all that I've got to catch up with on here, but I'll get to all your streams soon. :)

 

Day 163. June 12.

Hill County

Montana

  

This little house was one of the only things around in this empty area only a mile or two from Canada including roads, houses and people. We heard that the border crossing guards don't like to see people approach and turn around, so this the farthest north and west point of our whole trip.

 

Anyone interested in buying a B+W 58mm. ND 110 3.0 filter for lengthening long exposures, also have a Hoya HMC 58mm. NDx4 filter.

State Border Guard Service of Ukraine

The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) was a guarded concrete barrier that physically and ideologically divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.[1] Constructed by the German Democratic Republic (GDR, East Germany), starting on 13 August 1961, the Wall completely cut off (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin until government officials opened it in November 1989.[2] Its demolition officially began on 13 June 1990 and was completed in 1992.[3] The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls,[4] which circumscribed a wide area (later known as the "death strip") that contained anti-vehicle trenches, "fakir beds" and other defenses. The Eastern Bloc claimed that the Wall was erected to protect its population from fascist elements conspiring to prevent the "will of the people" in building a socialist state in East Germany. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.

 

The Berlin Wall was officially referred to as the "Anti-Fascist Protective Wall" (German: Antifaschistischer Schutzwall) by GDR authorities, implying that the NATO countries and West Germany in particular were considered equal to "fascists"[5] by GDR propaganda. The West Berlin city government sometimes referred to it as the "Wall of Shame"—a term coined by mayor Willy Brandt—while condemning the Wall's restriction on freedom of movement. Along with the separate and much longer Inner German border (IGB), which demarcated the border between East and West Germany, it came to symbolize a physical marker of the "Iron Curtain" that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc during the Cold War.

 

Before the Wall's erection, 3.5 million East Germans circumvented Eastern Bloc emigration restrictions and defected from the GDR, many by crossing over the border from East Berlin into West Berlin; from which they could then travel to West Germany and other Western European countries. Between 1961 and 1989, the Wall prevented almost all such emigration.[6] During this period, around 5,000 people attempted to escape over the Wall, with an estimated death toll ranging from 136[7] to more than 200[8] in and around Berlin.

 

In 1989, a series of radical political changes occurred in the Eastern Bloc, associated with the liberalization of the Eastern Bloc's authoritarian systems and the erosion of political power in the pro-Soviet governments in nearby Poland and Hungary.[9] After several weeks of civil unrest, the East German government announced on 9 November 1989 that all GDR citizens could visit West Germany and West Berlin. Crowds of East Germans crossed and climbed onto the Wall, joined by West Germans on the other side in a celebratory atmosphere. Over the next few weeks, euphoric people and souvenir hunters chipped away parts of the Wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of what was left. Contrary to popular belief the Wall's actual demolition did not begin until the summer of 1990 and was not completed until 1992.[1] The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.

 

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