Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Flags at Barney Schwartz Park

Sunset at Barney Schwartz Park


While chasing the sunset on the way home from my photo shoot in Union Road Wine Country, I was trying for some views of the setting sun at Barney Schwartz Park. I discovered I'd parked at the wrong lot and I had to cross one of the playing fields to get this.

Flags at Barney Schwartz Park
Sunset at Barney Schwartz Park


The Flags

As I walked back to my car I noticed the flags. Since I usually park in a different lot, I'd never seen them before. Seeing them in the east as the sun was going down did something to me emotionally. In this photo the flags are backward. 

Flags at Barney Schwartz Park

From left to right are the flags of the United States, California, and the City of Paso Robles. Below, the flags are in turned the right way, since I walked around the lot to shoot them from the proper direction. Unfortunately,  the new perspective made the Paso Robles flag appear lower than the California flag, but that's only an illusion. 

Flags at Barney Schwartz Park in Paso Robles, California


It seems the older I get, the more the national flag means to me. I feel it's by the grace of God I was born in the United States and that all my life I've had my liberty protected by the United States Constitution. I've taken liberty for granted for over seventy years and only realized it in the past few decades. Now I know how special liberty is. I wish all people everywhere could experience this freedom instead of the tyrannical governments many have experienced since birth. Yet I realize that to preserve this liberty we must be vigilant. 


What do you think or feel when you see your national flag?

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