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Tales from My Garden: An Army of One

Tales from My Garden: An Army of One

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  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Jul 2008, 03:24
U.S.Marine forward scout, in camouflage and kevlar flak hat, makes his way carefully through the dense jungle.

Perhaps the rest of the platoon will follow, if he returns with reports of favorable conditions on the ground.

Very fine image, VZ.
vz-nostalgia: Sorry to inform you, Ray, he never returned. I started the lawn mower soon after. I guess the conditions were unfavorable. smile
nice masculin...hehehe...good imagination.
Regards from Yogyakarta Indonesia.
vz-nostalgia: No complains about the imagination here, Bram. smile
Great shot Vik - I'm sure he'll soon be joined by more of his kind
vz-nostalgia: That was his thinking too, Chris, but my lawn mower had different views on this. smile
Great title for a beautiful image. I think your soldie has put his helmet on the end of his rifle and raised it to see if there are any snipers around.
vz-nostalgia: That's a great take on this, Ian. I love your interpretation. Wonder what his thoughts were, when he saw me rolling the lawn mower out of the garage. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Jul 2008, 09:10
Yes, your metaphor-title is right, one helmet and many spears, but a very peaceful pic, no blood and no cries and no propaganda and no victory and no defeat- I like the photo -a garden photo and and a bit geometrical-abstract photo!
vz-nostalgia: What if I write "Mission Accomplished" on a piece of paper and put it behind the soldier? Would this be considered a propaganda? smile
  • Jessie
  • New Zealand
  • 3 Jul 2008, 10:35
I like the mood of this. Nice shot.
vz-nostalgia: My pleasure, Ms. Jessie. That's your first comment here. Welcome to Nostalgia.
  • Kelly
  • United States
  • 3 Jul 2008, 13:01
I like how the canceling of the color causes the textures to pop. Looks so tender and frail in a forest of baonetts
vz-nostalgia: hmmm... I like "the cancelling of the color" much better than "decolorization", Kelly, and I adore your bayonets analogy.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Jul 2008, 14:15
This were a good nature- sculpture-pic, too- only the mushroom-soldier keeps standing, but all the grass-spears have been cutttttttt down... "Mission accomplished"- Oh, I remember this bad, macabre word of...!
vz-nostalgia: Yep. The whole world have seen the "mission accomplished" flop. 6 years later still trying to accomplish.
  • Kathryn
  • in my beloved south
  • 3 Jul 2008, 14:51
You started the lawnmower? Did his government issued helmet protect him against the force of the machine?
vz-nostalgia: I was his government, and I run him over, and there was nothing he could do about it.
Just like our government runs over us. smile
  • Scott
  • United States
  • 3 Jul 2008, 15:56
Great shot Viktor and great title. I can't look at the photo without the title shaping what I see here. Why is that image so pervasive for some of us. Don't bother mowing, the grass looks lush!
vz-nostalgia: That's why I give titles to my pictures, Scott. I want to shape your vision. smile
Most of the army is underground Viktor. Moving to pop up once the mower has past. That's modern warfare for you!

I love the picture too.
vz-nostalgia: With such brilliant ideas, I wonder why don't you work for the military, Bill. Or maybe you do, what do I know. smile
  • PhotoSam
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Jul 2008, 17:24
beautiful, well toned with the melting of the foreground into the background making the photo very appealing...
vz-nostalgia: Pleased to know you enjoyed the image, Sam.
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 3 Jul 2008, 18:13
with all this talk of war amongst the comments a image flash before my eyes, were the soldiers helmet is left perched on his upturned gun stuck in the ground, maybe its the mushrooms last postsmile quality image Victor.
vz-nostalgia: "The Last Post" could be a good title for this image, Tim. I like your take on this photograph.
You have created a fantastic atmosphere around that mushroom! I like much that turned tone of!

P.D. Thank you very much, Vicktor for your reply! He is peculiar to know that the news on soccer and the Spanish equipment, arrive until the USA! I thought that in the United States these competitions did not consider! Thanks again!
vz-nostalgia: Well, not everyone is crazy about soccer in the US, it's true. Especially, when the USA team is not involved. But those of us for whom the art of soccer game means more than the patriot games, gathered into sport bars for 90 minutes of pure enjoyment.
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 5 Jul 2008, 16:00
I imagine the soldier mushroom thought a "tactical retreat" was a good idea. smile
vz-nostalgia: It was his "strategy" that failed him, Larry. One can't hide from the rotating blades of destiny. smile
This gentle photo is so far removed from warfare that I wonder how mighty a leap our unconscious can make!
vz-nostalgia: Well. Some saw a phallic symbol in this (in private comments). That would be on the other side of warfare, wouldn't it? Got to ask the spirit of great Sigmund about this. smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 7 Jul 2008, 03:39
It's a fitting title, Viktor! He looks like a sentry with bayonets all around him!
vz-nostalgia: He does, doesn't he? No glory for him in it, though. He's long forgotten by his countrymen. smile
So true. Last man standing.
vz-nostalgia: Too bad his standing was not for long. smile
This is a fine piece of work Viktor - from the nature and from you as well.
I see that you have some like this one, I will look them over but I should sleep now...and maybe dream with a
vz-nostalgia: Yep. I like shooting grass, and whatever else I find in it. smile
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