Friday Lens Affair #164

American Flag, Vermont

Today I would like to show you a picture of an American flag taken in Vermont by Dana Freeman from Dana Freeman Travels Blog.

This specific picture caught my eye because I like pictures of those old barns around the USA, but hey I had no idea what kind of a strong story there is hiding behind it.

Dana is addicted to travel and always enjoys visiting new locations. She began her travel writing career in 2010 exploring properties in her home state of Vermont but quickly broadened by coverage to include North America, Mexico, Europe and beyond.

She lives outside of Burlington, VT with her husband and two teenagers. When she is not planning her next trip you can find her gardening, skiing or hiking with my chocolate lab. Do follower her adventures on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo Story: American flag

I shot this photograph in November 2015 after the terrorist attacks on Paris, I could have been in Paris that weekend to see U2, I could have been in that cafe or in the Bataclan.

You see I spent a great deal of time in 2015 travelling around the world to see U2. Paris was one of the cities we wanted to see them in but for several reasons the London dates worked better for us.

This barn is around the corner from where I live in Vermont. I must have driven past it over a thousand times. While I have always admired it, the large American flag was no more symbolic to me than any other.

However on this day, after those awful attacks on innocent people, it meant something more. After the news broke social media went crazy. There was a lot of finger-pointing and blame. People were afraid and rightly so. But if we cave into that fear the terrorists win. If we ignorantly lump all people into one category we chose to penalise those that don’t deserve it.

I posted this photo at a time when I felt like it needed to be said ‘fear hurts our freedom. Ignorance undermines us. America we are better than that.’

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11 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #164

  1. Thank you Marysia for including my photo.

  2. Love this flag mural on the barn- great story behind it too! xx
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  3. Annika

    What a courageous insight. This flag will remain strong if the people believe themselves too.

  4. I’m always in awe when I see an amazingly huge flag on display and this one would absolutely wow me. Great shot! If only I lived a little closer to ya. ;)
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  5. Great post with a wonderful bit of wisdom. The flag is such an awesome mural on the barn.
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  6. Yogi

    What a barn, what a flag painting, and a great back story. Thank you for sharing.

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