This was my first time to the Gettysburg National Cemetery. It surprised me to realize how many times I had driven by the cemetery itself and not gone in. There is still more to the cemetery that I haven't explored; just one more reason for my next return trip...
|Markers like this one dot the landscape. They are so common, that if you live here you seldom stop to read what they have to say. It's such a simple marker...|
|It really bothered me that a sign like this is necessary here. This has a lot to do with why I try to pick times when the area isn't overrun by tourists.|
|The Gettysburg Address. A brilliant example of less is more when it comes to writing and word count. It is extremely brief and yet delivers so much in meaning and emotion.|
|This was the first time I had been here close to the holidays. I hadn't realized that these beautiful, simple wreaths would be here. The bright colors just accentuate the sadness and the beauty of this place for me.|
Amidst all the sadness of this place, nature reminds me that there is also always life.
|A female Hairy Woodpecker tapping away in search of a snack.|