Inspiration from the Concord Bridge

posted by Sharon October 25, 2011 10 Comments

Do you ever feel discouraged into inaction? Afraid to tackle something because it
seems mundane in the face of a greater problem?

The North Bridge in Concord is known in America as the site of the beginning of the
Revolutionary War in April, 1775.

Concord Bridge

British soldiers marched from Boston to this farm town in the middle of the night to seize “Ammunition, Provision, Artillery, Tents and small arms” collected by the colonists. Their goal was to arrive in Concord “with the utmost expedition and secrecy” but, as even today’s schoolchildren know, Paul Revere raced on horseback to warn the colonists that the British were on their way. Instead of being surprised, the colonists were prepared.
They gathered in the darkness on the high ground above the town, just over the

A guide told us that these colonists did more than huddle in apprehension of the
approaching British troops. They went to work that night in the best way they
could figure out to defend their families and their homes. This is what they
did: The farmers dug holes in the dirt, something they needed no training to do.
They buried weapons and ammunition in the field near the bridge. The British
couldn’t seize what they couldn’t find. Here’s the field today.

Concord field

The countryside is placid and quiet.

Concord River

Is your life calm and peaceful? Or do you wait in the dark, knowing trouble is approaching, unsure of what to do? It’s easy to be paralyzed by fear in the night. Maybe there’s
something you can do — something to prepare, something to dig, something that’s easy but effective — while you wait for the dawn. Small acts may require great bravery.

The war would last for years; freedom for America has always come with cost. The
work of those colonists in burying and thus saving their arms was only a beginning, but how significant an action it was.

North Bridge

Is there something you could start on today? What can you do that may make an
inestimable difference?

Concord River and bridge

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen, who supplied the beautiful textures for these photos.

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hannah uk October 25, 2011 at 5:56 am

What an interesting slant on your images.
My midnight act of bravery, if and when requirted, usually amounts to no more than making a cup of tea 🙂
I find it strangely unsettling to think that these [as you say, placid ] places, are so fraught with a history of battle, cruelty and death. Will humanity ever learn?
I love the way you showed the trees reflecting in bunches.

Valerie October 25, 2011 at 10:58 am

When it comes to saving your loved ones you will do impossible things. I think they did and that is how history is made. Wonderful textured images. V

Kathleen October 25, 2011 at 11:48 am

What an inspirational post! We think of heroic deeds as the only taking place in the past, accomplished only by great heroes — but the people who fought the Revolutionary War were just doing what they had to do to protect their homes and livelihoods. It’s important to remember that every action we take can have similar ramifications for the future, so the question for us remains: what actions will we take? (I love your textured image, too, btw!)

Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal October 25, 2011 at 12:44 pm

This looks like a gorgeous are. I love the bridge with the stone walls. The texture you used is wonderful. I love the reflection in the water.

Leah C October 25, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Very lovely photos and texture treatment! And how nice to know the history of the bridge, too…thank you for sharing it:)

Pat October 25, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Lovely texture work on the bridge and something to think about too!

Suzanne October 27, 2011 at 2:12 am

Thanks so much, loved the post and the image

kareninkenai October 27, 2011 at 7:55 am

Enjoy your inspiration and post. Very lovely photography and texture work. Thank you.

Esther October 28, 2011 at 2:51 am

What precious freedom acquired with high cost, AMERICA, land of the free….. Beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing you gift of pen, soothing for the soul…… are a remarkable writer! Immanuel!

tsonoda148 November 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Extraordinary pictures! Beautiful blog!


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