Saturday, February 16, 2008

And the Winner Is

"The Road Home"

Congratulations, June, an 8x10, matted copy will soon be on it's way to you.

I want to thank everyone who submitted an entry for my 100th Post, 'Name that Photo Contest.' There were some really good ones, and picking a winner wasn't easy. Here are a few samples:

'Uphill both ways,' by the Gremlin Wrangler. Very funny! I laughed for ten minutes. My mother used to tell the story of how she walked uphill to school. And being the goof that I am, I would always chime in, "Both ways!" I always got a dirty look from her...I wonder why?

'Coming home,' by Robert. All country roads seem to say that.

'Days gone by,' by Angela. How true.

'Just around the bend,' by Neen. Another good one.

'The long and winding road,' by Diana. I would have picked this one, except for the fact that the Beatles used it first.

And now a little history lesson. The photo is of the 'out buildings' on the Mumma (pronounced Moo-ma) Farm at the Antietam National Battlefield. Just before the armies of Lee and McClellan met on September 17, 1862, the Confederates burned the Mumma farmhouse so it couldn't be used by Union troops as a sharpshooters den. The photo looks roughly northwest, towards the Dunker Church, and the current day Visitors Center.

On September 17, 1862, this little piece of pastoral splendor became the most expensive piece of land in American History--in terms of the blood that was spilt and the lives lost. In twelve hours of fighting over 23,000 Americans fell...that's one man every two seconds.

Here are some other photos of the Mumma Farm. You can see the out buildings in the background of the first two.


June said...

Hey! I actually won something! I have just the place to hang it too. Thanks for the background info on it. I'll have to make a point now of going to the place in person.

I love history and I love photography. Looks like we have this in common.

carrie said...

well, boo hoo. But I'll be a good sport. As usual, your photos are stunning and I'm sure the recipient will enjoy the print!