Dieppe – A Canadian Tragedy

11 11 2010
Dieppe was a horrendous loss of Canadian lives.
From http://www.rpi.edu/~fiscap/history_files/dieppe.htm

Operation Jubilee ended with drastic results: the allies counted 1,380 dead (913 Canadians), 1,600 wounded and over 2,000 taken prisoner. The air battle was just as devastating. The Royal Air Force lost 107 aircraft; more than any other one day battle that Britain was involved in. In contrast, the Germans only lost about forty aircraft. In the area of Dieppe, among the civilians, the count was 48 dead and 100 wounded. The Germans had 345 dead or missing and 268 wounded. Thus, in less than ten hours’ battle, almost 1,800 people lost their lives, which shows clearly the murderous intensity of the Battle of Dieppe.

Here are a few photos of Dieppe as it stands today with many Canadian memorials and its imposing cliffs.

Head to Head by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Killing Fields by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Les Fusiliers Mont Royal by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Rows upon Rows by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More can be found at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7625237905365/

May we never forget the horrors of war!

At the Going Down of the Sun and in the Morning…

10 11 2010

We Shall Remember Them!

War is not glory. War means dying in some field or valley or on some ridge, often alone, wishing you had never come. War is horrifying and sad.

The people that fight the wars for our governments, so that we don’t have to, are brave and courageous.


American Cemetery at Normandie by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

The Unknown German Soldier by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Words of Valour by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Omaha Beach by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

Too Many Graves by DragonSpeed, on Flickr

More in the whole set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragons…7625352684670/

Some of Today’s Visitors to my feeder

18 10 2008

The weather was great today!  I thought the little birds would eat me out of house and home.. they were just devouring the bird seed in prep for winter probably.  I had the following birds come by today that I could identify:

Northern Flicker (no pics 😦 ), Black Capped Chickadee, Chestnut Backed Chickadee, Red Breasted Nuthatch, Oregon Junco, Towhee (no pics), house finch and a Stellar’s Jay.  Here are the pics I DID get:



They were all taken with the Canon 40D with ISO ranging from 400-1600 and with the 100-400L lens @ 400mm

It’s surprisingly relaxing watching birds for a few hours and trying to be really still so that they will come closer.


Red Breasted Nuthatch came to visit

15 10 2008

On Friday, while I was waiting to go to camp with the Scouts, I was sitting and watching my visitors to my feeder.  The usual chickadees, juncos and house finches were there.  Then I noticed a strange little bird that was running up and down my feeder – forwards and backwards.  Odd.  He looked a lot like a chickadee, but with more cinnamon colour to his underparts.  I couldn’t figure out what he was.

A couple of snaps and a posting to the bird forum on http://photography-on-the.net and I learn it’s a Red Breasted Nuthatch.  Without further ado… here s/he is:


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