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.
posted April 7th, 2012  
This is beautiful and made me cry. Very, very powerful shot.
posted April 7th, 2012  
Very touching moment captured! Beautiful! FAV
posted 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!
posted April 7th, 2012  
Beautiful, Sheila. Very touching comp, coloring, and story. Fav!
posted April 7th, 2012  
Kim
Wow Sheila! Brings a tear to my eye! Fav!
posted April 7th, 2012  
This is a very touching photo, well captured.
posted April 7th, 2012  
What a touching capture and photo, Shiela. Brings tears to my eyes.
posted April 7th, 2012  
Beautiful, Really.
posted April 7th, 2012  
Wow! So powerful and moving...
I love how you shot this.
posted April 7th, 2012  
nice shot, very touching and moving picture
posted April 7th, 2012  
What a powerful and moving shot...beautifully sad, in fact.
posted April 7th, 2012  
Great shot...your narrative is very powerful!
posted April 7th, 2012  
Sheila, This is an amazing photo! Brought a tear to my eye!
posted April 8th, 2012  
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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.
posted 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!
posted April 8th, 2012  
That would be choked up, sorry!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Powerful, yet serene photo Sheila.
posted April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing. Fav.
posted April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing and so moving! FAV!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Wonderful selective colouring!!
posted April 8th, 2012  
You captured the somber mood.
posted April 8th, 2012  
So powerful!!!!
posted April 8th, 2012  
This is a really touching story. I almost felt like I was with you watching it all.
posted April 8th, 2012  
Great shot and wonderful story thanks for sharing this with us
posted April 8th, 2012  
Beautiful shot and words, Sheila! Fav!
posted April 8th, 2012  
POP POP POP! :-)
Congrats Sheila!
posted April 8th, 2012  
wonderful use of SC!
posted 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
posted April 8th, 2012  
This is amazing Sheila! The shot and your commentary are so compelling! Fav!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Powerful shot. My brother was one of the lucky ones who made it back.
Congrats on the PP.
posted April 8th, 2012  
Fav. Very poignant
posted April 8th, 2012  
Beautiful Capture... my uncle's name is on this wall :) A Fav!!!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Wonderful and incredible shot. Very moving. A fav
posted April 8th, 2012  
Your photograph says it all. Very bittersweet. A very touching capture.
posted April 8th, 2012  
Very moving shot. Well done.
posted April 8th, 2012  
I love how your caption really puts energy and tension in this picture
posted April 8th, 2012  
This story touched my heart! Reminds me we should be happy every single day opening our eyes and just being healthy!
posted April 8th, 2012  
Wow - this is stunning ... great capture and description.
posted April 9th, 2012  
Beautiful shot Sheila.
posted April 9th, 2012  
Such a strong picture and your words are touching...
posted April 9th, 2012  
Oh my gosh. This hurts. What a powerful image.
posted 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.
posted 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.
posted April 9th, 2012  
Oh, that is sooo touching. Very powerful indeed.
posted April 9th, 2012  
This is beautiful and moving.
posted April 9th, 2012  
so much emotion. wow
posted April 10th, 2012  
very special shot! glad you captured it.
posted April 10th, 2012  
Wow, it's a very beautiful composition, and very touching!
posted April 10th, 2012  
perfect simplicity for this. The reflection really works.
posted April 11th, 2012  
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