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Thank you Wreaths Across America

I go to Arlington National Cemetery periodically to visit my parents. I find it an awesome place that moves me in many ways. Of course the first way it moves me each visit is sadness. I miss my parents and the support they gave me. But as I talk with them I always find comfort and feel better for visiting. Again on my holiday visit this year there was a wreath at their headstone.

Hillside, Headstones and Wreaths

Hillside, Headstones and Wreaths
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The organization Wreaths Across America had been gracious enough to lay one there again. It makes a honored and hollowed place more beautiful for a few weeks a year than it already is.

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Unknown but remembered
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I’ve been doing a couple of photographic projects over there during my visits that I’ll be showing later this year. But here are just a few with the wreaths they bring each winter for you to enjoy.

Wreaths, leaves and graves

Wreaths, leaves and graves
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May all who rest here, rest in peace.

Before the snows this week.

Before the snows this week.
© Threw Mikes Eyez

 


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Another goal to add to 2014 for TME

Through both my personal and professional lives I hope to be able to give more to charities. Well one landed on my doorstep that will not only help me but help those that it serves if I’m lucky enough to be accepted. The charity is called the The Magic Hour Foundation and it’s two things I love. Photography and helping improve lives of people who have been touched by Cancer. 

Well you ask, how will it help me. Portrait and people photography are not my strengths right now. That is the goal, for this organization has to accept you as a professional photographer with people skills and portraiture. If I can prove to some professional photographers that I have the ability to contribute to this effort I’ll have achieved half the goal.

The second half of the goal will be the reward of being called upon to help a family and give them images that can be cherished and personal for a long time to come. I’m a cancer survivor myself so I think I might also be able to relate and capture special things and moments. 

So hopefully by mid 2014 I’ll have enough of a body of work to show them that I’m capable of contributing to their cause. And if you other photographers who come across this sight are charity inclined, it might be a good thing for you to check out yourself. And don’t be spooked by giving up copyright rights to your images. If so your doing this for the wrong reasons.