Friday, August 15, 2008

Photo Hunt - Colorful

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USS Arizona

Almost 65 years after the Japanese wreaked their destruction on the base at Pearl Harbor, oil from the USS Arizona still rises to the surface. The colorful iridescent film is a reminder for those of us who visit this hallowed ground, to give reverence to the nearly 1,200 men who make this water their final resting place.

If you look at the right of the photo, you can see part of the ship.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful, moving, and thought provoking. What a shot!


Snap2Days said...

That is a sad reminder. Great post though to commemorate those who lost their lives. Thank you for visiting us at snap2. We appreciate it.

Mrs Mecomber said...

Oh wow, I did not know that oil still rises!! :(

I also did Photo Hunt. Come share your link! :)

Liz said...

Gosh, all that time and stil oil escaping. What troubles are we building up for ourselves in the future with our pollution I wonder.

Nice shot. I thought tyhere would be lots of flowers but people have been so imaginative!

April said...

A colorful tragically sad reminder of the destruction of war. A very moving photo which made me heave a big sigh because we still have wars. Thanks for sharing this. All the best,

Brett said...

Great post and great blog, nice to see support for the troops.

Deborah said...

It is cool that you used such a sobering subject for a light hearted sounding theme.
I hope your photo is selected this week. It's great.

RJ Flamingo said...

Wow! Excellent shot and very moving. That was just so evocative and subtle at the same time. I'm glad you didn't use your Chihuly pictures, too - this was a far better choice!

2sweetnsaxy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the comment. I have some photos from my trip to Pearl Harbor. It was mindblowing and it is amazing that oil still rises from those ships.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

I was already 7 years old on "Pearl Harbor" day, and remember my parents talking about it, listening on the radio to President Roosevelt's "Day of Infamy" speech and reading about the terrible destruction in the newspaper.

I am somewhat surprised that oil is still rising from the wreckage after almost 67 years. Perhaps it is a reminder to never forget those who lost their lives on that day.

Your photo is beautiful.

Nadine said...

Wow, Nice shot and great contrast. Oil which is full of colors but on the other hand, it's sad to see there is still much of pollution.

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MM said...

What a sad reminder! Beautiful shot of the oil film.

girasoli said...

Cool photo! Seeing the oil is one of my most vivid memories of my visits to the Arizona Memorial.

Baker Watson said...

I love this take on the theme. Very creative use of the colored spectrum. Thanks for reminding us.

I thought I would add one comment about the pollution aspect. The amount of oil currently leaking daily is relatively minor. The bunkers, however, still hold an estimated 400,000 gallons of the oil or more. The Arizona is likely one of the most studied sunken ships in the world when you consider both the physical standpoint and computer modeling. It and the immediate water around it are frequently monitored. In addition, it is the subject of the first computer models designed to project the eventual breakdown of the iron and steel used within the ship. Such studies may eventually be used to assess thousands of sunken ships through out the world whether they were sunk as a result of war or from acts of nature or man.

(Thanks for the visit and comments.)

Anonymous said...

Great shot. Powerful image, and incredibly thought provoking as I noted before in an earlier comment. But I am perplexed by the comment from an individual who talked of pollution. Did she miss the entire point of the photograph? While the oil slick is colorful, it is a sad and powerful reminder of the horrifying attacks done to this nation, and a powerful symbol of the mass grave that is below. How anyone can look at this photo and miss the symbolism, and only see pollution....well, I don't get that. Lucy, thank you for sharing a wonderful image. I hope to see this memorial one day in person.


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