The Vast Expanse of Beach and Sea

Utah Beach, Normandy, France.

My father landed D-Day +3 on Utah Beach and survived the Second World War. Five years ago, my husband and I took a long awaited trip to France. One of the places we went was to Normandy. As I stood on this beach (the only one of the five landing beaches we were allowed to walk on), I tried to take in not only its sheer beauty, but also the enormity of what had happened here in 1944. I bent down, scooping up a large handful of sand, and held it, thinking of all the soldiers who had landed here to help liberate France and Europe. Many lost their lives in the process.

Everywhere we went in Normandy, we saw plaques, statues and museums to commemorate the beginning of the end of the war and the breaking of the Nazi’s death grip on France. I couldn’t help but be humbled by France’s gratitude.

I think the beauty, vastness and history of this beach has something to impart to us in our own troubled time. The scourge of COVID 19, like WW II, leaves us in a world with the stark differentiation of before and after. Our world has changed, never to be quite the same. I take comfort not only from the memory of the soldiers who landed on this beach, but also from the people of France. They endured great hardship and privation, yet emerged into a world they could rebuild. For me, it helps put the current #ShelterInPlace directive in perspective. Added to that I realize that while this is difficult, I am among the lucky in that my income and housing are not affected while I remain confined to my apartment, and I have access to enough food. All of that makes me think, “This is hard, but I can do this. I may at times be teary or grumpy about it, or overwhelmed, or scared, but I can do this. I must do this. It is a small price to pay to keep myself and others safe.

Posted for Tina’s Lens-Artists Challenge #90 – Distance.

A Crowd of Contractors Laying Cement


Posted for CitySonnet’s Colors and Letters: End with the letter T and Photo a Day: Crowd for March 16.


It’s not a surprise that patterns exist in construction. If they didn’t, you couldn’t support a roof, or build a staircase, or have walls. But watching a building in the process of being constructed helps you realize just how many patterns there are. How many patterns can you see on this rainy day?


Posted for Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #5: February’s theme / technique: Being Creative with Patterns.

A Photo a Week Challenge: Work

My apologies. I am a day late posting for this challenge, but here is my take on “Work,” as observed from my 10th floor kitchen balcony.

I am grateful that someone is cleaning on this steep a roof.


I would not want to go down this dark a hole that needs air circulation in order to repair telephone lines.


And repairing roofs has never been my preference. Although since this roof is a flat one, I wouldn’t mind.


However I would absolutely LOVE working on this construction site. (Even in the rain.) I wish I was young enough and had the skills.


Posted for Nancy Merrill’s A Photo a Week Challenge: Work.