13 May 2010

Skywatch Friday - Horse Memorial

I have been very slack about travelling with my camera lately, but yesterday morning decided to take it with me. On the way home I decided it might be a good idea to fill up with petrol, because my warning light had come on 40 kilometres earlier.
What a stroke of good fortune that I chose the filling station opposite the Horse Memorial........ the rest is history....................


The inscription on the base of the memorial reads:
 THE GREATNESS OF A NATION
 CONSISTS NOT SO MUCH UPON THE NUMBER OF ITS PEOPLE
 OR THE EXTENT OF ITS TERRITORY
 AS IN THE EXTENT AND JUSTICE OF ITS COMPASSION

 ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION
 IN RECOGNITION OF THE SERVICES OF THE GALLANT ANIMALS
 WHICH PERISHED IN THE ANGLO BOER WAR 1899-1902

I have read that about 300,000 horses died in that war.
 
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30 comments:

Steffi said...

That is a wonderful photo and nice post!I love the silhouettes in the sunset.Thank you for sharing!Greetings to SA!

Judy said...

Gee, someone else like me, filling the tank after the warning light comes on! But you certainly did stop at the right place at the right time!! I love this shot!!!

Regina said...

The silhouette is fantastic.
How beautiful!
Excellent.
Happy SWF.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a wonderful photo. Wouldn't you have hated it if you hadn't had your camera? Better carry it at all times -- you're too talented to miss these opportunities.

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shot. Beautiful composition.

Carolyn Ford said...

What a shot! Such a beautiful silhouette against that amazing sky. I really like this one!

Anne said...

Yhs just have to be THE picture of this week, almost never ever seen such a beautiful photo :-)

Jane said...

Awesome silhouette Max, beautiful sky too. Thanks for sharing:)

Firefly said...

Stunning pic Max. I've been wanting to go and take one like it, but I'm just never in the area at or just after sunset.

Kevin said...

Nice photograph, the silhouette looks great. Interesting history as well!

ewok1993 said...

the composition is superb; an overall five-star image.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

What an interesting image and it serves itself nicely!!!

Manang Kim said...

Oh wow that is pure luck! This photo is so beautiful!

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J Bar said...

What a great shot.
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Nisha said...

Wow ! This silhouette is so nice that I want to remove my words from my post. :)

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Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great photograph. I love the red sky. 300,000 horses, what a carnage.

Christina. Sweden said...

Wonderful sky and clouds and the silouette of the horse got a great background

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

What a great capture max. Nothing like capturing the right moment.

I agree, compassion goes a long way in the world.

LadyFi said...

Fabulous shot! And wonderful words of wisdom.

Kcalpesh said...

Awesome Silhouette!

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Dindin MK said...

Wonderful sky, and nice silhouette!!
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DrillerAA09 said...

What a wonderful composition. Well done.

Jossie said...

What a lucky moment you chose to fill up. Amazing shot.

Hilda said...

A beautiful, poignant memorial for some very loyal companions. And a perfect silhouette shot!

Diane said...

Brilliant shot, Max--made me weepy!

Kate said...

Hi;
Found you through skywatch and I love your photography. (Had a good giggle at the pig pic.) As a horse owner, and horse lover I was very touched by this skywatch photo. My two horses are the most amazing, loyal friends.

katney said...

Beautiful silhouette!

noel said...

aloha,

what a beautiful day today is in your corner of the world, thanks for sharing this amazing sunset with the silohuette.

CafebyJW said...

Wonderful shadow shot.

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Gale said...

Beautiful photo!