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Sunset after the rain

Sunset after the rain
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Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-28
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Olympus C4000Z
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Skies, Clouds, Sunset [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-05-29 23:04
Viewed: 3971
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I took this photo Saturday night on a beach weekend on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. There was a tremendous thunderstorm an hour before this photo was taken. We were walking on the beach at sunset and I thought these clouds were stunning.

Today is Memorial Day in the United States so I thought I'd share a little history of this holiday.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of former sailors and soldiers. On May 5, 1868, Logan declared in General Order No. 11 that:

The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

During the first celebration of Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, after which 5,000 participants helped to decorate the graves of the more than 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried in the cemetery.

In 1966, the federal government, under the direction of President Lyndon Johnson, declared Waterloo, N.Y., the official birthplace of Memorial Day. They chose Waterloo—which had first celebrated the day on May 5, 1866—because the town had made Memorial Day an annual, community-wide event during which businesses closed and residents decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers and flags.

By the late 1800s, many communities across the country had begun to celebrate Memorial Day and, after World War I, observances also began to honor those who had died in all of America's wars. In 1971, Congress declared Memorial Day a national holiday to be celebrated the last Monday in May. (Veterans Day, a day set aside to honor all veterans, living and dead, is celebrated each year on November 11.)

Today, Memorial Day is celebrated at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony in which a small American flag is placed on each grave. Also, it is customary for the president or vice-president to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. About 5,000 people attend the ceremony annually.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-30 6:24]

Hello Alli,
Beautiful landscape,looks like a painting.Warm calors of sky and its reflections on sea,POV,large DOF,details,framing and composition are excellent.

Hi Alli,
Dramatic clouds and light here. Nothing better than being at the beach. I love how the water is picking up the colors of the sky. Heading to Destin FL. in about 10 days, so hopefully I can get some shots like this.
Looks great!

Nice shot Alli,
A great long-view of the beach and an interesting sky...The horizon's nice and straight too :)
Well done and Thank You!

This is beautiful, the evenings color of the sunset are relaxing to gaze at, it almost make me want to be there. Oh well I'll just have to wait until that firey ball gets over to the west coast. :)

Hi Alli,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition. Interesting notes.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week my friend

I'll hopefully email you my July dates tomorrow. I'm having a busy one this week!!

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2006-06-03 14:57]

Hi Alli,
Excellent composition.
I like your pov,dof,focus,sharpness,framing and note.TFS

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