Thursday, August 27, 2009

North vs South


This is the Smith Civil War Memorial in Philadelphia's Fairmont park.
Fairmont is the park that just keeps on giving. (things to photograph)

The Memorial was erected between 1897 and 1912 under a bequest of Richard Smith. Among the military and naval men immortalized here are Generals Hancock, McClellan, Meade, Reynolds, and Admirals Porter and Dahlgren.

It looks like the heroes of the South are on the left and the heroes of the North are on the right.
I was surprised by the size of this monument, it's really tall and very impressive.

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45 comments:

Vita Stunder said...

I just love your first shot!
Truly impressive James.

Amit Gupta said...

I agree with vita...
the first shot has to be the best....

Lois said...

That is an impressive monument! I kind of like the third shot myself.

Sylvia K said...

Impressive indeed! And terrific shots! I really like them all!

Have a great weekend, James!
Sylvia

Olivier said...

superbe place et j'adore ta deuxieme photo, une vraie carte postale, magnifique

Pam said...

It is rather large or should I say Huge and definitely impressive. Given its age it looks well maintained, how wonderful...
Fantastic photos, James.

Sunny said...

Today's word is impressive! I bet there are even more so in person.
Sunny :)

Thom said...

I would love to see these up close and personal. Wonderful photos :)

Anya said...

Very wonderful shots,
I love it (@^.^@)

Sally in WA said...

That is a huge memorial. Great shots of it, James.

Sergio López said...

What a great building! One question they're slightly out of focus?

Greetings

Cezar and Léia said...

It's massive and beautiful!
FAbulous sky as well!This place is very interesting, a kind of portal!
Great post James!
As I said to Vicky and Lucy, Newtown is a wonderful city, isn't it?!
Cool!
God bless you
Léia

Carol said...

Great shots of these towering memorials...nice that you presented several views...and a beautiful sky as well...

Ebie said...

These are tall portals! and the statues are just magnificent. Great clouds as backdrops!
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Your EG Tour Guide said...

They ARE impressive. I'm amazed at how many Civil War monuments there are in the US. During the War Between the States, my part of Canada was just being settled.

SandyCarlson said...

That is a very impressive monument. Your images are great.

I'll admit the idea of Southern Civil War heroes leaves me scratching my head.

Dagrun said...

It looks impressive and tall indeed. Excellent skywatch foreground.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This might sound odd, but I have often wondered what this country would be like today if the South has won the Civil War? I can guess it would be different. And I am not so sure but think our government would be improved somewhat at least.

I liked your photograph the minute I saw it.

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Ai Shiang said...

Amazing structures. I suppose that's the entrance, is it?

Is good to have something to photograph. I think I am running out :( Might need some suggestion of what to photograph soon haha!

happilyretired said...

Impressive photos of the sky behind these memorial structures. There's so much HISTORY where you live ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

JM said...

Wonderful memorial, brilliantly designed! The first shot is fantastic too!

J Bar said...

That's an impressive gateway.
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Cheryl /Ashton said...

An amazing memorial, very impressive. Thanks for sharing.

Chin said...

Wonderful shot!
Wonderful Balance!
Wonderful gateway!

Dimple said...

It is impressive. I'm glad you included the views of the whole monument to give reference for the first pic!

luvmyboys said...

Wow! You really must have to crane your neck to look at these guys! Great shots!

luna miranda said...

magnificent entrance! love the 2nd photo.

Carolyn Ford said...

Beautiful setting before a great sky! Very nice photos.

Vogon Poet said...

Great first shot, love the others too. Impressive monument, great location.

Firefly said...

I am always amazed at how the American erect monuments on such a grand scale. Personally that is how I would do it. Remember in style.

Regina said...

Hello friend. Wow. Beautiful perspective. Thanks for sharing.
Excellent!

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any pics?:). I'm following too.

RuneE said...

Not only the monuments, but the whole setting is impressive. I can well understand the photographer.

AB said...

Looks like these military guys never suffered from vertigo.

Judy AKA Sunny said...

Wow! Awesome photography! I love the first shoot too!

Mark Kreider said...

Very nice photos. I wonder why very few such heroic structures/monuments are being made these days. Must be the styles of the times.

slim said...

Beautiful sky for this most impressive monumental gateway. I can't decide between the 2nd and 3rd for my favorites . . . you did ask us for favorites??? Thanks for sharing.

Malyss said...

Very impressive monument! The Civil war is something that interests me a lot in your history.
The idea of the monuments makes me think of "the Lord of the rings",especially the pillars of the kings, at the Argonath..Ü

chrome3d said...

Keep them coming because they certainly don´t disappoint. The first one was so surrealistic like one that Magritte could have done.

Asta said...

Hello James,

Beautiful captures! They're magnificant monuments.

Best regards
Asta

Pat said...

Great shots!! I'm with Vita Kunder--I like the first one the most. Gorgeous colors of the sky.

cieldequimper said...

Very impressive monument.

Martha in PA said...

I've gotta get myself into that park. I am missing a whole lot of awesome "subjects" for photos! Fall is coming....

Hilda said...

The monument looks magnificent! And I find the distinction between the South and the North kind of funny but appropriate, I guess.

Beautiful set of pictures!

Arija said...

I love the second shot of the whole gatee with elevated statues on high.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Wow! Your photographic passion is going better and better and better. Infact, the Best!

Fantastic!