Shooting In the Dark

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Being in the dark usually has a negative connotation…meaning that one is not tuned in, they they haven’t been informed of some vital piece of information that is important in order to really understand or grasp something. When we are left in the dark, it makes us feel uncomfortable.

I was in the dark last night, but I was that way on purpose. For some time I’d been wanting to shoot some low-light images of the place where we live – the larger of the two lakes at Twin Lakes RV Park. I was so much in the dark last night, mind you, that a lady out walking her dog along the banks of the lake didn’t seem me and nearly walked right into me…but her dog alerted her to the fact that someone else (me!) was there.  I think she was a bit alarmed, but the dog was probably thinking, “What’s wrong with you?  Couldn’t you see him?!!  Even a blind dog could see him!”

Well, anyway, after regaining her composure, she and the dog wandered off into the darkness and I kept shooting.

Across the lake is a weeping willow that is lit with a spotlight, and a series of spotlights that line the causeway that divides the two lakes.  There are two fountains in the lake that are lit up with green lights that shoot up into the fountains. I think it’s peaceful and pretty.

One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how much light there is out there even when we think it is very dark!

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: in 1947, despite strong Arab opposition, the United Nations voted to partition Palestine and to create an independent Jewish state.

The modern conflict between Jews and Arabs in Palestine dates back to the millennia, but rose again in the 1910s, when both groups laid claim to the British-controlled territory. The Jews were Zionists, recent emigrants from Europe and Russia who came to the ancient homeland of the Jews to establish a Jewish national state. The native Palestinian Arabs sought to stem Jewish immigration and set up a secular Palestinian state.

Beginning in 1929, Arabs and Jews openly fought in Palestine, and Britain attempted to limit Jewish immigration as a means of appeasing the Arabs. As a result of the Holocaust in Europe, many Jews illegally entered Palestine during World War II. Radical Jewish groups employed terrorism against British forces in Palestine, which they thought had betrayed the Zionist cause. At the end of World War II, in 1945, the United States took up the Zionist cause. Britain, unable to find a practical solution, referred the problem to the United Nations, which on November 29, 1947, voted to partition Palestine.

The Jews were to possess more than half of Palestine, though they made up less than half of Palestine’s population. The Palestinian Arabs, aided by volunteers from other countries, fought the Zionist forces, but the Jews secured full control of their U.N.-allocated share of Palestine and also some Arab territory. On May 14, 1948, Britain withdrew with the expiration of its mandate, and the State of Israel was proclaimed by Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion. The next day, forces from Egypt, Transjordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq invaded.

The Israelis, though less well equipped, managed to fight off the Arabs and then seize key territories, such as Galilee, the Palestinian coast, and a strip of territory connecting the coastal region to the western section of Jerusalem. In 1949, U.N.-brokered cease-fires left the State of Israel in permanent control of those conquered areas. The departure of hundreds of thousands of Palestinian Arabs from Israel during the war left the country with a substantial Jewish majority.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: one of the smallest countries in the world, Luxemburg, is per capita the biggest meat eater. Luxembourgers eat on average about 300 pounds of meat annually per person. The U.S. comes in second with about 276 pounds of meat–mostly beef–per year. Austria is third with about 267 pounds of animal protein per person.

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