Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Day 46: The Spirit Conquers


Bouquet in the Rain, placed at the Indian Memorial, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 2011,
Panasonic DMC-ZS7, 35mm focal length equiv. 25mm, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f3.3, ISO 100, no flash
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

This is a beautiful bouquet of flowers, that was placed at a memorial to Dutch citizens and soldiers that lost their lives in Japanese prison camps during WWII, in what was then the Dutch East Indies.

 It had rained the previous day, and was still quite foggy, giving everything an eerie backdrop.  The sculpture itself is rather eerie; have a look:

The Spirit Conquers, Indian Memorial, Den Haag, Netherlands, February 2011,
Panasonic DMC-ZS7, 35mm focal length equiv. 25mm, Exposure 1/30 sec @ f3.3, ISO 100, no flash
 © Steven Crisp [Click on the photo to enlarge]

The title of the sculpture, "De Geest Overwint" translates to "The Spirit Conquers", which I think is such a powerful phrase.

When faced with such adversity, it is the power of the spirit that will bring you solace.  It will guide how you respond to such extreme conditions, and ultimately, define who you are.

May our spirits lead us, instead, to treat our fellow brothers and sisters with charity and grace in the years to come.

  • Donation:  To Carl D. (via Carlo), who is washing dishes to raise money for the Pine Street Inn, whose mission is to end homelessness, in Boston Mass
  • Exercise:  Walking at NATO HQ on Ramstein AB (15 mins)



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