Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Over my spring break my husband and I decided to spend a few days in Gettysburg.  It is almost the perfect place for us.  I get to spend all day outside and he gets to indulge in his American War love.  I say almost because I would prefer that there was tropical weather and a nearby ocean to unwind at the end of a nature hikes.
I like Gettysburg...the first day or so.  I get into the battle and the scenery.  But zomg!  My husband LOVES this stuff.  We tramp all over the battlefields-me looking at scenery-him finding and reading every.last.monument.  There are monuments for each state, every battalion, every regiment and I think every last person who fought in the war is represented there (at least it seems that way).  Did you know that every ummmmm regiment? has a small marker for their left and right flanks.  Yep. And guess who had to find them?  Him.
As the official photographer of the family (meaning HANDS OFF MY CAMERA!) I was required to take a picture of every monument that was of interest.  To me that means any monument that looks nice-by decoration, statue-something well, interesting.  To the husband it meant every one he pointed at.  Even Left and Right Flanks-which look like this:



I spent much of the time half listening to my husband and annoying him with how I keep all the facts straight.

Him- "oh look it's General Longstreet"
Me- "oh-You mean Tom Berenger?"

Him- "Chamberlain did this and such"
Me- "He was Jeff Daniels, right?"

Do not get me wrong-I was interested..but the familiar actors helped keep my head straight. History was never my strong subject.  I also kind of enjoyed watching his head explode a little.

The rest of the time I took in the scenery and practiced my picture composition skills (Confession: I kept the camera on auto a lot of this trip since at any given moment I had to swing around to shoot another monument-I couldn't focus long enough at a time to focus on learning Shutter and Aperature, etc.).  I did try to get a good night shot, since the moon was amazing.  I set up my tripod focused on my favorite tree )It has a great shape!) and broke out my new wireless remote-I waited and waited and fiddled with all the settings and took picture after picture.   I didn't get a great shot.  But it was a learning experience since it was spur of the moment and I had no idea how to get the moon to look as nice at it did in person. Here is the best one:

 Moon Rising

In the end, I took some pictures I loved.  So I had a good time.  Here are my favorite pictures:

Moon rising


Observing the sunset

Silent Canon

Silent Sentinel

Canon at twilight

There is one I will have framed-I think the colors are perfect.  Can you guess which one?