I visited our country’s Pacific naval base many years ago on an orchestra trip. We were returning from a three week tour of China and had a few days in Hawaii on the journey home. I was only fifteen at the time, but I remember the place, haunting but beautiful. I remember looking down in the seawater, watching oil seep to the surface from the sunken Arizona battleship. I remember the Memorial, blazing white in the midday sun. At that time it was difficult for me to understand the attack on my country years before. A strange juxtaposition arose in my mind because at the same time of our stay, the Japanese were remembering the 40th anniversary of the bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. I felt confused about how humans could act so viciously towards other humans, and yet i was passionate about defending our honor. It was a day of awakening in a young boy. A day of grown up questions which had no answers. Please take a moment and reflect on the peace and tranquility of the image below, remembering each human that gave their live to preserve humanity’s path.
Nikon D800 Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 @ 28mm f/20 ISO 100 5 image HDR