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Echo of Dark Times – Manmade Foreground
Echo of Dark Times – Manmade Foreground

After posting my peferred scene of the night shooting with Eugene Louie, it is time to publish the scene I shot on his suggestion. I am glad that he convinced me to try this place instead of shooting another arch under the Milk Way.

This is the watch tower of the Manzanar War Relocation Center. Manzanar is the site of one of ten American concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were interned during World War II from December 1942 to 1945.

Although historically totally unrelated, this place immediately reminded me of the text of a well known song in Switzerland, called “Beresinalied”. The Berezina song became a symbol of the sacrifices of Swiss mercenaries in foreign service under Napoleon Bonaparte during the Russia invasion. They sang the song during the Battle of Berezina on 28 November 1812, where of 8000 men only 300 survived.

Here is the English translation of the German text:

Our life is like a journey
Of a wanderer through the night;
Everybody carries something on his way
That causes him to grieve.

But then unexpectedly do fade
Night and darkness before us,
And the sorely troubled find
Solace in their sorrow.

Fearless, fearless, dear brothers,
Abandon the anxious worries;
Tomorrow the sun will rise again
Friendly in the sky.

Therefore let us move on;
Do not retreat disheartenedly!
Beyond those far heights
A new happiness awaits us.

Canon EOS 6D astro modified
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L ll @ 70mm
iOptron SkyTracker Pro
Low Level Lighting

stack of 5 x 60s @ ISO1600

stack of 3 x 60s @ ISO1600, tracked

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