Today is Flag Day in the United States. Many other countries celebrate a Flag Day of their own as well.
I'm celebrating Flag Day with this post because as part of a local photography challenge, I received the topic "Flags" for the month of June.
I need to edit these flag photos down to 3 or fewer of my favorites. I shot most of these pictures on a day trip to Salem, MA. I was surprised by the number of flags I noticed. (A few cemetery flag photos are left over from my "Cemeteries" assignment photographed in NH.)
I expected flags on historic buildings, but was surprised by the variety and number of flags around town.
Just like my "Cemeteries" assignment, I stopped shooting flag photos after one day because I didn't want to get carried away with the topic!!
This assignment was a little tricky for me....it was on location, plus I had to dodge cars, pedestrians, telephone wires....Plus, the flags would move around so it was hard to get a good combo of a flag in a good position in good light with an interesting background without elements I didn't want in the photo.
While lunching at FINZ, we couldn't help but notice goings-on aboard "Sugarpants". Since it had a flag flying, I figured it was fair game for the challenge. Unfortunately the boat name doesn't stand out as much as I'd like!
This picture made me laugh because I took about 10 shots of this scene trying to get the flags lined up with the building in the background.
Despite all that work, my favorite shot from the series was when the nose of a bus, complete with a flag decal, nudged its way into the shot unexpectedly.
In the US, Flag Day was established in 1916 to commemorate the adoption of the American Flag on June 14, 1777.
We had Canadian house guests several years ago. They remarked on the number of American flags on display. They viewed it as a bit of nationalism.
I do think American flags were more prevalent immediately after September 11, 2001, as a way of expressing grief over events of that day.
There is a a local program to dispose properly of damaged flags. In addition, a local group provides stars from retired flags to service members arriving at Pease Air National Guard Base.
You'd be doing me a huge favor if you comment on which photos are your favorites, or if there are any you have a strong reaction to (positive or negative).
Hopefully your thoughts will help me narrow down the photos to the 1-3 that I need for my photography challenge! Thanks!
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