Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The work, “Unconditional Surrender” by Seward Johnson II, is based on a famous Life magazine photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, the day the Japanese announced their surrender. In response to copyright issues, Johnson states that he used a similar photograph of the kissing couple taken by Victor Jorgensen, which is still in the public domain

The statue represents what is an incredible moment in any service member’s life.

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This more than life size statue made of a foam core with a urethane outer layer was a temporary exhibit on the San Diego harbour park, near to the Midway until May 2012. It was criticised for being “kitsch” but many couples liked to imitate the pose, and in a navy town it is most appropriate.  Wikipedia

Apparently it has been replaced with a bronze statue though I don’t know of its size.  Maybe you have seen the new statue?

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If you would like to see what others have come up with for this challenge then go to the Daily Post @ WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

Ahwiyah – Quiet Water

THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHOW US AN IMAGE THAT SAYS REFLECTION.

I have blogged about Yosemite before; it is a place where I felt the opportunity to reflect on life. It seems appropriate to use this image for this week’s photo challenge.

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Postcards from

A boulder reflected in mirror lake, Yosemite valley. February 2012.

The Mirror lake, where stars and mountains view,

The stillness of their grandeur, and the hue.

Imperishably pure beyond all things below,

Traced in the crystal wave of cold Nevada’s snow.

Henry Willis Baxley, 1865

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A Lingering Look at Windows: # 6

This weekly challenge is hosted by Dawn from ‘The Day After’ who invites participants to post pictures of any windows that  they find curious, inviting, photogenic, or in some way tell a story. Visit her blog to see more windows and/or to join in with the challenge.

Viansa Winery

I know Dawn loves to visit wineries in her region, so especially for her, here are a few lovely shuttered windows from a delightful winery  in the Sonoma Valley, only 40 minutes from San Francisco. Viansa is enchanting and transports you to Tuscany, with its lovely courtyards, statues and fountains and views. Have a glass of wine with lunch overlooking the impressive wetlands.

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