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Reflections On The 2016 Memorial Day Weekend On The National Mall

Posted in Leica M, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 29, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Every year, we go down to the National Mall over the Memorial Day weekend.  It’s a fitting, and moving, visit to make, and a pretty amazing opportunity to capture a wide spectrum of humanity and emotions as thousands of veterans arrive, often on Harleys, and visit the Vietnam Memorial.

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African Americans and rural whites come to the Memorial to reflect on loved ones lost.  In fact, as we were there yesterday, the woman on the left below was saying to her friend that she comes here every year to mourn her father, but that even though he had to die in Vietnam, she wouldn’t want him to have lived if it meant someone else’s father had to die.

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It’s not all mournful though.  The motorcyclists come in force for their Rolling Thunder ride, which takes place today, in fact, and more on that in a moment.

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But what makes this event each year so meaningful is the essential apolitical nature of people coming to Washington, motivated by a desire to celebrate their participation in our nation’s wars, by the desire to shine the light on POWs and MIAs. Rolling Thunder Sunday batch Morotcycle-2

Which is why we found ourselves yesterday — and honestly, today — so disturbed by the notion that Donald Trump plans on coming to the Mall today to hold a rally with the Rolling Thunder riders.  Forget for just a moment the notion of this proto-fascist on the National Mall, mere yards from the White House literally, and figuratively, revving up the crowd of Harley riders.  No matter what he says, he will have spoiled what is essential about this weekend, here, each year.  Which is the essential poignancy of those reflecting on a sacrifice he dodged, and the reminder of the consequences of those who would recklessly send young American men and women off to war.

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Rolling Thunder 2016-12All images Leica M-240 and 50mm Noctilux.  To follow John Buckley on Twitter: @johnbuckley100.  On Instagram: tulip_frenzy.

Before The Thunder Gets Rolling

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Hundreds, maybe thousands of motorcycles already gathering at the National Mall in advance of tomorrow’s annual Rolling Thunder commemoration of POWs and the MIA in Vietnam.  Mixed emotions this year with the news that Trump, a draft-dodging bloviator, is speaking to the crowd.  Wonder which way this guy will go.

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Not Yet The Tulip Frenzy, But Cherry Blossoms At Post-Peak Perfection

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 3, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Please Tell Us The Tulip Frenzy Is Arriving Soon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 1, 2016 by johnbuckley100

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Through The Hoops

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2015 by johnbuckley100

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The light at The Mother Hips free concert in Driggs, ID was literally golden, with none of the haze from the heat that’s been affecting the West of late filtering out the yellow.  We came across a stand where hula hoops were hanging.  It was a gorgeous evening in America.

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Mistah Tulip Frenzy – He Dead

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 18, 2015 by johnbuckley100

Life is filled with choices.  Last week, we chose to be at the Tidal Basin on the sunny evening in order to catch the Cherry Blossom Frenzy.  Of course, we said, we’d be able to get to see the tulips this weekend in their customary frenzy, like so:

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And yet upon arrival at Dumbarton Oaks this afternoon, we found this:

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We missed the Tulip Frenzy!  In fairness to us, the weather pattern has the flora and fauna confused, and the camellia bush that always blooms by Easter just bloomed.  But sadly, this was the best we could find:

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The Last Tulip of 2014

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 4, 2014 by johnbuckley100

Well, the last ones we likely will post ’til the next Tulip Frenzy!  Don’t worry, we have Azalea Frenzies, and Rose Frenzies, and other delights of the season yet to come.  Leica M, 50mm Noctilux, ND Filter, Dumbarton Oaks, of course.

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