By the Dawn's Early Light by swguevin

By the Dawn's Early Light

He stood quietly by the wall for an hour. Then he tenderly placed his hand over the name of his lost brother before walking away.


6:45am 7 April 2012

Went to take photographs of the sunrise reflecting into the Vietnam Memorial. Only two words were spoken. I asked "Brother?" and he replied "Brother." As I set up the tripod facing the other direction, I waited while a park ranger on his way to work picked up tiny bits of debris along the wall. And then there was nothing but still and quiet as the sun rose another day on the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Note: there are 58,195 names engraved here.
Great photo. Like the composition, perspective (and reflection) and the contrast of the red flowers.
April 7th, 2012  
This is beautiful and made me cry. Very, very powerful shot.
April 7th, 2012  
Very touching moment captured! Beautiful! FAV
April 7th, 2012  
Definitely a fav. Amazing story, and you represented it perfectly in your photo! Excellent use of the focal b&w. Love this!
April 7th, 2012  
Beautiful, Sheila. Very touching comp, coloring, and story. Fav!
April 7th, 2012  
Kim
Wow Sheila! Brings a tear to my eye! Fav!
April 7th, 2012  
This is a very touching photo, well captured.
April 7th, 2012  
What a touching capture and photo, Shiela. Brings tears to my eyes.
April 7th, 2012  
Beautiful, Really.
April 7th, 2012  
Wow! So powerful and moving...
I love how you shot this.
April 7th, 2012  
nice shot, very touching and moving picture
April 7th, 2012  
Vee
What a powerful and moving shot...beautifully sad, in fact.
April 7th, 2012  
Great shot...your narrative is very powerful!
April 7th, 2012  
Sheila, This is an amazing photo! Brought a tear to my eye!
April 8th, 2012  
@annaluceya @melissapike @mummarazzii @dishaparekh176 @cmc1200 @kdei @kirstyalexandra @rockinrobyn @justeddie @lorihiro @tobi @vskolnik @ruthmouch @jennklein

Because they are so many living relatives of the troops whose names appear on the Vietnam Memorial, I've never been there that there wasn't somebody there. I didn't expect to see someone at 6:30 in the morning. I waited till he began walking away to take any photos in his direction. I assumed anybody that came at dawn was looking to have some time alone. It brought tears to my eyes too.
April 8th, 2012  
Sheila, I had to comment again! Showed this picture to my boys and husband and really got chocked up! Your words and photo are beautiful! God bless the USA!
April 8th, 2012  
That would be choked up, sorry!
April 8th, 2012  
Powerful, yet serene photo Sheila.
April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing. Fav.
April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing and so moving! FAV!
April 8th, 2012  
Wonderful selective colouring!!
April 8th, 2012  
You captured the somber mood.
April 8th, 2012  
So powerful!!!!
April 8th, 2012  
This is a really touching story. I almost felt like I was with you watching it all.
April 8th, 2012  
Great shot and wonderful story thanks for sharing this with us
April 8th, 2012  
Beautiful shot and words, Sheila! Fav!
April 8th, 2012  
POP POP POP! :-)
Congrats Sheila!
April 8th, 2012  
wonderful use of SC!
April 8th, 2012  
OMG this is such a powerful image (as are your words). Love the composition and the SC - a complete fav for me
April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing Sheila! The shot and your commentary are so compelling! Fav!
April 8th, 2012  
Powerful shot. My brother was one of the lucky ones who made it back.
Congrats on the PP.
April 8th, 2012  
Fav. Very poignant
April 8th, 2012  
Beautiful Capture... my uncle's name is on this wall :) A Fav!!!
April 8th, 2012  
Wonderful and incredible shot. Very moving. A fav
April 8th, 2012  
Your photograph says it all. Very bittersweet. A very touching capture.
April 8th, 2012  
Very moving shot. Well done.
April 8th, 2012  
I love how your caption really puts energy and tension in this picture
April 8th, 2012  
This story touched my heart! Reminds me we should be happy every single day opening our eyes and just being healthy!
April 8th, 2012  
Wow - this is stunning ... great capture and description.
April 9th, 2012  
Beautiful shot Sheila.
April 9th, 2012  
Such a strong picture and your words are touching...
April 9th, 2012  
Oh my gosh. This hurts. What a powerful image.
April 9th, 2012  
Beautiful words and image. My dad has only visited a couple of times and still finds it hard to be near this beautiful wall. I can only imagine.
April 9th, 2012  
@geocacheking There are 58,195 people listed on the wall. It is a harsh reminder of the cost of war and a painful one to so many.
April 9th, 2012  
Oh, that is sooo touching. Very powerful indeed.
April 9th, 2012  
This is beautiful and moving.
April 9th, 2012  
so much emotion. wow
April 10th, 2012  
very special shot! glad you captured it.
April 10th, 2012  
Wow, it's a very beautiful composition, and very touching!
April 10th, 2012  
perfect simplicity for this. The reflection really works.
April 11th, 2012  
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