‘Love, and do what you like’
It is capturing and remembering moments like these I absolutely love. There is peace all around as the day begins to dawn. Birds begin to sing and tell the world to awaken. A breeze glides through the grass around me, as I watch the sunlight break over the mountains. The light ignites the grass as if it were on fire, then the fields dances like flames in the sunlight.
After taking this photo, I paused and captured the almost indescribable beauty before me and wrote the memory upon my heart, soul and mind.
The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.
~ H. G. Wells
Taking photos before the sun wakes in the morning is one of my favourite times to photograph. When the alarm rings (ridiculously early), rather than be annoyed I am awake in an instant and ready to see what the new morning brings. It is easier when you don’t have to travel far to your location and trying to take dawn photos while in the city can be quite difficult. This photograph was taken while I lived in country New South Wales last year. All I had to do was walk out my door and down the drive way and I would be amongst the mountains, the mist and the glorious sounds and smells of the bush. Every morning was a new adventure to see what new masterpieces was created.
April 25 is a national public holiday in Australia. It is called ANZAC day.
This morning I attended a dawn service honouring the fallen soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Armed forces. Dawn services are held around the country to commemorate the same day our forces landed at Gallipoli during World War II. This day broadly represents all who have died serving our country not only in the World Wars but in other wars and peacekeeping missions.
My Grandfather served in World War II and days like today I miss him more. The scars of war were evident in my grandfather, he never once spoke of the war. Now that I am older, there are many questions that I would have asked him and would have thanked him for what he did for my country and my family.
It is important to honour the greatest sacrifice that men and women have given to our country.
‘Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends’ John 15:13