I borrowed part of the title today from a novel I finished up over the weekend, The Smoke At Dawn, by Jeff Shaara, which tells the story of the Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaign in the American Civil War, both from the point of view of the commanders and the men in the lines. It seemed oddly appropriate for today, finishing off this series from Victoria Day.
The cannon salute to Queen Victoria certainly is loud. Before they begin, officers on site set everyone back at a given distance, and caution that the noise will be considerable. I imagine the gun crews use ear plugs.
I've heard the one gun salute at the old Fremantle prison William and that was loud enough.. this four gun salute would have been pretty impressive to witness. Excellent 'shots' :)ReplyDelete
Wow. Your photos make us smell and hear them!ReplyDelete
ALOHA from Honolulu
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I'd love to see this!!!ReplyDelete
Ditto the last three comments. How are your ears now ?!ReplyDelete
Love that series of smoky photos. Must be an amazing spectacle.ReplyDelete
Well, and I'm sure that got ol' Victoria's attention with all that racket. :-)ReplyDelete
Could you imagine the noise of a battlefield?!ReplyDelete
@Cloudia: emphasis on hearing!
@Chieftess: it's a good tradition to take in.
@Stuart: not ringing, fortunately!
@Denise: it is.
@Revrunner: I would think so.
@Jane and Chris: I'm sure a lot of artillery crews back in the day went deaf... assuming they survived.
wow! i know i would NOT appreciate that noise much!ReplyDelete
You captured all that smoke very well. I can imagine how loud the sound was. EW!ReplyDelete
Great set of shots!ReplyDelete
A lot of smoke!ReplyDelete
Great shots, William!
Those are well timed action shots, William!ReplyDelete
They do create a lot of smoke and I bet it smells of gun powder.ReplyDelete
Wow! I think I would stay well back from the action.ReplyDelete
@Tex: I tend to have sensitive hearing, but I can go with this much easier than I can the sounds from a DJ booth.ReplyDelete
@EG: it certainly was loud!
@Karl: it does send up a lot of smoke, particularly because it comes all close together, as opposed to Remembrance Day, when there's a set time between the blasts.
@Linda: thank you.
@Sharon: it does.
@Judy: I do notice some people tend to move even further back after the first barrage.
Great shots, no pun intended...ReplyDelete
Lol, yes VP got in there before me. Next year you should make a soundtrack! :-)ReplyDelete
Lovely photo! Got to be deafening!ReplyDelete
@VP: the pun is welcome!ReplyDelete
@Ciel: I can film it next year.
@RedPat: quite so.
@Cheryl: It is.
I should read this book. One of my ancestors was at Chickamauga.
I've always liked the Shaara novels.Delete
Your book sounds intriguing. I'll bet the men by cannons are using ear plugs.ReplyDelete
They would use ear protection.Delete
My knowledge of the American Civil War is sadly inadequate. Those are excellent photographs, old chap!ReplyDelete
It's an area of speciality for me.Delete
I have to bring ear plugs to the movie house. The plugs might not work, here.ReplyDelete
They are loud.Delete
Nice. I like the guns immersed in smoke.ReplyDelete
So do I.Delete
Well shot! (Excuse the pun!)ReplyDelete