"The Last Post" Nikon D750 Sigma 35mm @ f2.2 10 sec exposure ISO 2500
The irony is that in the midst of the vast majority of conflicts on foreign soil, the Southern Cross is not visible at all in the night sky.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern Cross may only be seen at certain times of year and usually very low in the sky. This in itself would be a concern to the keen star gazers in the armed forces in times of battle. In fact the northern stars appear quite different to what we have become accustomed to in our beautiful part of the world.
As the Australian flag waved in the breeze of war torn battles, the stars emblazoned on it's face would be the only reminder of a much loved and treasured land and the loved ones waiting anxiously at home.
"Dawn Service" Nikon D750 Sigma 35mm @ f2 6 sec exposure ISO 2500
In many parts of the world today we hear of strife and conflict. Thankfully, we live in a land that is at relative peace and every day we enjoy the freedom that has been bought at a huge price. As we ponder the sacrifice of our service men and women this year at Anzac Day services around the country, take some time out, perhaps before a dawn service and set your gaze upon the Southern Cross hovering majestically overhead.
It's a comforting and familiar sight which in some small way I'm sure helps us to reflect with great pride in our Aussie spirit, and our ability to keep our eyes on the prize ... the prize of liberty and freedom ... bought with a price for each and every one of us.
My intent is to inspire you to look up and see the beauty of the night sky.