Shot with the Canon EF 10-22mm f3.5-5.6 and the EF 70-210mm f4
Oh, uh, I included a cameo-appearance of myself in it, totally unprofessional, of course!
A striking image: in 1998 the British Queen Elisabeth II and the Irish president Mary McAleese stood side by side for the inauguration of the Island Of Ireland Peace Park in Mesen/Messines, Belgium. Perhaps even more remarkable is that Irish Catholics and Protestants were fighting here side by side against a common enemy, the Germans, during the Battle of Messines in 1917. All this, while in Ireland in 1916 the Irish-British conflict had erupted violently. During the 20th century, the northern part of Ireland would witness one of the most violent civil wars in Europe ever.
So the quietness and rest of these images, filmed on an early summer evening, is misleading. Here in Mesen, there was heavy fighting too, and an estimated 25 thousand Irish soldiers lost their lives on these battlefields.
To great relief, by the end of the 20th century, peace came to Ireland, and this is what the Irish tower symbolizes. The tower was built with stones from a British barracks in Tipperary, burnt down during the conflict. The design of the tower is such that sunlight only enters the tower on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - armistice.
More about details the symbolic value of the site here: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/212208.stm
There is a related short film also: youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nOcEX3dYn3s
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