Good Morning Ted and Jody:
I got to looking at the time stamps on most of my images of clouds, especially those taken over the lake. They seem to be taken between 10 and 11 in the morning. Yet, since I tend to shoot into the sun, the foreground appears nearly if not actually in silhouette. In effect the direct sunlight on the camera’s sensor overwhelms it and thus everything else tends to be recorded as if it were a night time exposure. I suppose I could put these kinds of photographs into a folio and call it “in the dark of the day.”
However, that title, “in the dark of the day,” may be more appropriate for what is transpiring in the political realm than a portfolio of my photographs. When I was born, the United States was in a bitter war against fascism, particularly the German variety called Nazism. Indeed, shortly before I was born the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. I thought we won that war. However, today, I am not so sure. The reason am not sure is that the Nazism our fathers and uncles fought against is characterized by racial superiority, intolerance for different practices or behavior, and hatred of some other group/race/religion. It was characterized by stipulating that different laws applied to different people. And, it was characterized by the aggrandizement of the leaders of that movement. While our fathers lived in a racially divided country where blacks and other minorities were not treated to the equality we profess in our founding documents, within 20 years of the end of that war the segregation we had in America began to fall. In the ensuing 50 years, it appeared as if we were becoming an integrated, tolerant nation. That was apparently a veneer and not real. Insistence on, so called, political correctness was just a finish on that veneer. Accordingly, a sufficient pool of people for whom the changes since the Civil Rights Era was a veneer exist and would see us return to the 1930s and 1940s.
Then there is the political news that seeps in despite my attempts to avoid it. A president elect who will eschew a blind trust and put his adult children, who are also his advisors, in charge of his company and fortune. A president elect who will appoint a son-in-law to a White House position (Chief of Staff). A president elect who in a discussion with a foreign head of state asks for consideration or assistance in getting building permits in that nation. A president elect who says he will not seek to jail or further harass his former opponent. And, I am sure there is much more. This all smacks of aggrandizement of the leader. It also smacks of a kind of thinking that says the rules do not apply to the president.
So, we combine the segment of our population for whom the integration veneer seems to be falling off and a leader who seems not bound by the rules and we can look forward to a time when there is “a dark of the day” in America. Let us pray I am wrong on all counts.
Warmest regards, Ed