Sunday, October 7, 2012

Votes Needed Please . . . Still Need 50 Votes...

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Would like to ask for your help here in voting for a photo I entered in a photo contest in France, the results of which will be decided by your votes. So if you all take a few moments to vote, I just might have a small chance of winning a prize, and whatever small amount of recognition that may come with it. To vote is easy, just go here and click on "Votez pour cette photo".
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This photo is from a stone quarry in France that was used as a troop shelter near the front lines during the First World War. Troops sometimes spent weeks there before or after duty at the front, and some of them were gifted artists with stone carving skills. Out of many sculpted graffiti works there, I particularly like this one as not only are the horse and parade-uniformed rider striking, but over them is the silhouette of a large bear. The bear's head is just above the horse's head. Many thanks for your votes!
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From a long past war to a war going on today, I was saddened to learn this past week that the famous and ancient souk in the center of Aleppo, Syria, was destroyed a few days ago. I posted these two photos from the Aleppo Souk in a previous post, one of several from our trip to Syria in 2007, but am re-posting in memorial to this Unesco World Heritage site which is no more. More about the ravages in Aleppo can be found here or here. When will this madness end ?
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22 comments:

English Rider said...

voted! I remember that post.

the fly in the web said...

Will do.
Good luck.

louciao said...

Ballot is cast. Request forwarded to C & P.
Dreadful dreadful about the Aleppo Souk. Having wandered there with your wife and daughters must really bring the senseless destruction home to you.

Lorrene said...

It's sad that it had to be destroyed.
I hope your photo wins. My vote is in.

Owen said...

Ah, many colorful thanks to you wonderful voters... couldn't do it without you... and if all of your daughters and sons and uncles and aunts and cousins and friends vote too, then we may just have a chance of carrying this thing... am already in 5th place, just need five more votes to get to 4th... :-)

French Girl in Seattle said...

I voted, Mr Toad! Bonne chance! -- and you are right about Syria. How long will *they* allow this disgrace to continue? Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

Owen said...

Merci V. !!!

Owen said...

And if you would like to see some more photos from the same place this stone rider is to be found, they are here in this post from over a year and a half ago...

http://magiclanternshowen.blogspot.fr/2011/02/winter-walk-in-woods-of-past.html

It astounds me that this place remains practically unknown, it is one of the great treasure troves of French art, right up there with the Louvre...

Ann said...

voted!!!!!!
hope you win..it would be lovely!!
wonderful photograph!

'Tsuki said...

Je suis ton soixantième vote, Owen. J'ai même laissé un commentaire.

Pour la guerre en Syrie : cette folie ne s'arrêtera que lorsque les Occidentaux auront obtenu satisfaction, c'est-à-dire une guerre "sainte" contre l'Islam, qu'ils tiennent à élever comme nouveau super méchant à la place de l'URSS à présent disparue. Ils mettre en place une nouvelle guerre "froide" ; c'est une manipulation grossière de la part de leurs armées, dont les budgets sont aujourd'hui menacés de restriction...

J'ai commencé à m'exprimer sur le sujet ici :

http://tsukiexperienceblog.blogspot.fr/2012/10/manipulation-mediatique-occidentale-une_1.html

James said...

You have my vote. Good luck Owen!

clo said...

J'ai voté...et je t'envoie mes meilleures pensées pour cette semaine..:) des bisoux du lundi matin ,mal reveillés...
a plus tard..:)

Lady Mondegreen's Secret Garden said...

Just found your instructions for by-passing the phone number problem. Will vote forthwith. Very sad to learn of the destruction of the Souk at Aleppo. Fond memories of it for me too.

Roxana said...

the eternal, mindless destruction, it seems that human beings will never break this vicious circle of self-destruction...

but your photograph is like a small optimistic flag, and i still believe that art can make a difference, even if not on the scale of the entire human world... i love the leaves there... and you have my vote :-)

bisous, cher Owen!

Owen said...

Mille, non, des millions de merci's à vous tous et toutes... et il faudrait trouver encore une 50aine de votes pour avoir une chance... si vous connaissez encore quelqu'un qui saurait voter... :-) encore un petit effort...

Millions of thank you's for your greatly appreciated votes. Still need to find about fifty more.

For the Souk, am just speechless.

Owen said...

Message to Ms Pliers,
Should you happen to see this, or have this relayed to you, can you please send me an e-mail to :

owenmart333 at gmail.com ?

Saw another photo in this photo contest with a name that looked familiar, wanted to ask you to take a look...

Le Journal de Chrys said...

Pour répondre à ta question, je n'ai jamais visité le site dont tu m'as parlé. J'avoue passer peu de temps à visiter les sites ou blogs pour professeurs car cela prend beaucoup de temps. Mais si nécessaire, je regarde quelques blogs d'enseignants, rarement, pour me donner quelques idées.

Je m'en vais voir le lien que tu as mis....

Belle soirée Owen

Red Nomad OZ said...

Is this the French version of 'exit, pursued by a bear'??

Wonderful colours and textures! I've tried to vote but the site won't load - will keep trying!

Nota Bene said...

I'll vote too, and hope that when peace returns to Syria the souk can be rebuilt

Du Style et de l Art said...

J ai voté, j espère que cela vous aidera. Je n'étais pas venu sur votre blog depuis un moment mais je le suis à travers le mien.
Bonne chance

Gwen Buchanan said...

What a shame..... War is such a useless pastime.. when will we ever learn.

A. LaRoque said...

Owen long time, well I have been a bit busy to keep up with all the blogs.

What votes do you need?