When I started writing this article a week ago my objective was to discuss fall colours in Kelowna. But that focus of the article changed.
Today is Remembrance Day and the 100th anniversary of end of World War I in 1918. Usually, on November the 11th, I sit down in front of my TV with my first coffee of the day and watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. This year I also watched severals documentaries related to WW I and II.
The ceremonies and stories are gripping. So many soldiers and civilians died during this conflict and others. Two of my uncles served. Bill Adair served in the trenches during WW I. He was gassed. George Cotter served on HMCS Fennel, a corvette that escorted convoys on the North Atlantic. Both survived and to my knowledge neither spoke about their war experiences.
I was born in 1944. World War II was beginning to turn in the allied forces favour. Thankfully, me and my family have never had to experience the atrocities of war. The dedication and valour of so many service men and women have allowed us to experience a peaceful and fulfilling life.
So, when I head out with my camera, freely able to travel to interesting places close to home or around the world I give thanks today to those who have given us our freedom.
The images I’ve attached to this article were made early last week. Cool temperature and clear sunny skies resulted in beautiful light that seemed to give the leaves an iridescent tone. A few days later the winds rose and the leaves fell leaving the trees as mere skeletons of their summer selves.