Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

Solitary – A Bench in Gladstone Park…
Gladstone Park
Solitary – Policing Remembrance…
Remembrance Day in Barnet

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    1. Thanks Gerry – I suspect the Policeman is wondering if I’ve got a Telephoto or a Sniperscope. Of course, if he were a crow he’d be able to tell instantly πŸ˜‰

  1. The first photo is so inviting. What a peaceful spot with gorgeous colors. Would you mind telling me a bit more about the second photo? Policing Remembrance? I wonder if it has to do with remembering a particular occasion or is part of a police memorial? It’s a wonderfully composed shot! Debra

    1. Hi Debra – No problem. On the second Sunday in November each year parades are held across the UK to remember the dead of 2 world wars. The day was chosen as the closest to the 11th of November and recalls that the armistice that was signed by the Allies and the Germans to end the 1st World War which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morningβ€”the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The main parade takes place in central London when veterans of the armed forces and other services march past The Cenotaph in Whitehall to lay wreathes in honour of fallen comrades – Info here. But there are also local parades around the country such as the one in Barnet photographed above. The police (who themselves lost many officers during the Blitz alongside fire service and ambulance crews) are tasked with ensuring the parade goes off smoothly and the lone Officer in the photo was walking ahead of the march to ensure that there were no unforeseen problems along the route. There will also be a rearguard of Police to collect any stragglers from the main parade.

      1. Thank you so much for the detailed information about the local parades that commemorate the fallen police officers. I don’t think we have anything remotely as solemn or honorary in the U.S. I think Americans don’t deliberately contemplate the magnitude of loss and how GB (and Europe) experienced war on such a massive and personal scale.Obviously our veterans do, and there is much talk and solemnity accompanying the deaths of WW II veterans who served in that terrible period of history.
        I appreciate the links you posted and look forward to reading about the ceremonies as November nears.Very solemn indeed. And your photo was tremendously moving. Thank you.

    1. Thanks Nancy – Gladstone Park has some nice views and is an oasis of peace to the west of the bustle of the Edgware Road. It actually has a railway line running through it too – so worth an occasional visit for those of us who like to catch a train in peaceful surroundings. The line of trees at the bottom of the hill on the right marks the route of the line. πŸ™‚

    1. London is blessed with many parks and they provide a chance to relax away from the everyday hustle and bustle. Gladstone Park is quite close to me but Hampstead Heath with its ancient woods and heathland is just a short walk away πŸ™‚ Must show some shots from there soon!

    1. LoL – the rest of the Police were placed in strategic locations along the route. It’s mainly diverting traffic and answering questions from the public, so they don’t need too many Officers unlike at an anti-government protest.

  2. Very nicely done, Martin!
    I really like both pieces, too… as others have already mentioned each is fascinating in so many different ways! I’d really like to be on that bench right now! The leaves around here are just starting to change now… your photo makes me want to find a nice spot to soak it all in before winter steals all that glorious color!
    πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Bob – there are very few leaves left on the Rowan in the back garden now but most other trees in the area are turning to their autumn colors. As mentioned above, I must make a trip over Hampstead Heath πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Tony – glad you picked it for an idea – look forward to seeing the finished article πŸ™‚

      ps – Is this likely to cost me some more cheese???

  3. I just loved the fist picture. Beautifully captured. That place looks so peaceful. And the second one is also wonderful. I liked how you created the background by the angle with which you took this picture. Great work Sir!

    1. Thanks Arindam – Gladstone Park is one of London’s lesser known open spaces so it’s usually quiet there in the middle of the day. The curve in the road lent itself to the shot of the Remembrance Parade πŸ™‚

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