This was taken at the cemetery at the Montana Veteran’s Home in Columbia Falls, Montana (USA). I didn’t notice the single rose until I got home and loaded the picture onto my computer.

This photograph is dedicated to all those who have gone before us. Both those who have fallen in the service of our country, and those who have served and passed on later in life. We thank you for your sacrifice!

A special salute to:

My grandfather’s grandfather, 1st Sergeant Orange G. Emerson, Company H, U.S. Volunteers 2nd Sharp Shooter Regiment, 1861 – 1865 (American Civil War).

My grandfather’s great-uncle, Gary H. Emerson (brother of Orange G.), Company H, U.S. Volunteers 2nd Sharp Shooter Regiment (American Civil War).

My grandmother’s brother, Cedric Hilliker, who died in The Death March of Bataan, Philippines in 1942 (World War II).

My mother’s father, Lieutenant Bernard R. Coyle, bomber pilot in the Black Cat squadron, pacific theater (World War II).

My father’s brother, Sergeant Charles Emerson (Viet Nam).

My brother, Spc. David C. Emerson, 1st Cavalry Division, Combat Aviation Brigade, “Warrior”, 615th Aviation Support Battalion, “Cold Steel”, who is currently stationed in Iraq.

- Shaun -

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Photo is straight from the camera.
Model: COOLPIX P80
Shutter Speed: 10/2714 second
Aperture: F/5.6
Focal Length: 84 mm
ISO Speed: 64
Date Taken: May 25, 2009, 8:43:33 PM

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  • canonman99
    canonman99almost 5 years ago

    very dramatic image,excellent rendering

  • Thanks!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Sandi Murdock
    Sandi Murdockalmost 5 years ago

    The lighting is perfect in this shot. There’s such a warmth and vibrance captured here; the rose is icing on the cake! Great job!

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 5 years ago

    so perfectly beautiful.. a story unfolds here….. people loving one another …….. amazing capture of the suns warmth. and of the flags and tombs and that rose….poignant.

  • Thank you Isa!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Mike Griffiths
    Mike Griffithsalmost 5 years ago

    This is fantastic! I love this so much

  • Thank you very much!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsalmost 5 years ago

    This is beautifully taken, love the light and shadows a real sense of peace

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Whitney Jacobs
    Whitney Jacobsalmost 5 years ago

    nicely done! love the lighting

  • Thank you Whitney! How has Billings been lately? Are you still getting snow storms like we are here?

    – rocamiadesign

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1almost 5 years ago

  • Thanks!

    – rocamiadesign

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyeralmost 5 years ago

    You have quite a family history Shaun. Good luck in the challenge with this image!

  • Thank you, Trish!

    – rocamiadesign

  • jamesmhe
    jamesmhealmost 5 years ago

    this is so poignant..beautiful and very sad

  • Thank you James!

    – rocamiadesign

  • martinilogic
    martinilogicalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful image

  • Thank you!

    – rocamiadesign

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