Not a walk in the park

imageCemetery, Woodbury, Connecticut © Steven Willard

It’s that time of year; mild sunny days, cool, almost cold nights. The grass is greening and the trees are putting out leaves at a fast pace. This cemetery is located on Main Street in what passes for the center of town. The most notable person buried there, at least to outsiders, is Malcolm Baldrige, United States Secretary of Commerce from 1981 until his death in a a rodeo accident in July 1987. Yes, you read that correctly, a rodeo accident. Who says bureaucrats are boring?

I had been walking among the graves looking at the markers late in the afternoon. I found that the afternoon wasn’t the best time to photograph them as most of the markers were facing east, away from the sun, putting them in flat light. I had spent thirty minutes walking in the cemetery, and had just started walking back to my car using the sidewalk on Main Street. That was when I saw what you see here; the backlit tree just beginning to leaf, the jagged top of the old stone fence, and just there, the glowing American flag.

Pentax K5IIs with the 70mm f2.4 if I remember correctly, processed in Photoshop CS4 and Nik Color Efex Pro4.


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