I asked myself, "blissful ignorance" of what? Then, I noticed the storm clouds.The moral is: You can be blown away by what you don't see!And re: your patriotism comment...I think you missed my point. Flying a flag is not patriotism nor does it make one patriotic. We have all kinds of goofballs on the extreme right who love to wrap themselves in the flag even though they are actively working to destroy everything this country stands for. As I said, real patriotism has nothing to do with a flag. It has to do with living a life committed to the Constitution and Bill of Rights. I have nothing against flying the American flag; it's a grand old flag.But that doesn't make one a patriot or even mean that a person's patriotic. If I was a terrorist bent on doing evil things, the first thing I would do would be to hoist a flag.Over the past eight years, most of the people avidly supporting our war-mongers in Washington, crying about how patriotic they were, somehow failed to sign up to serve in the military when they had a chance. Cheney, for example, got five (5) student deferments and was able to opt out of Vietnam entirely! G.W. Bush cut out on his National Guard commitment after his old man was able to twist some arms so he wouldn't have to go to Vietnam.Some patriots! Make sense?
This is what i call as fantastic shot !! Location and theme both are appropriate...Loved this post.Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan
He does what I would be doing: facing the sun, turning my back on the dark clouds :-)
I think it is the storm that gives this image balance and allows it to work. I like the stance the chap has as he sits and looks. He does appear to be looking the wrong way and that he is missing out on the action behind him.
Now - this is what I call healthy attitude - I always wished I knew how to ride a bike - it can take you places!
Jacob... absolutely... BUT... the majority are proud to be American, and that is admirable. The fact that they get carried away and are unable to channel this within "right and wrong" is a slightly different issue. Patriotism is a nice quality.... ok, so now I have said that, I agree with your comment, so am back to where I started. Hmmmph!
Don't know where or what the context of this little debate thang that is going on is all about, but have to disagree about patriotism being a nice quality. It's just a weak version of nationalism. Waving flags is always about othering imo.
And how I wish it were like that everywhere!
Sometimes it's just nice to get out and take time, and this guy seems to be doing that. I'm retired, I can appreciate it.
I wasn't sure about what the blissful ignorance applied to but if it was a photo in Australia he might a slightly ignorant sitting in the midday sun with that balding head and no hat! Though I'm told the UV radiation is less in Europe than in Australia so sunburn is less likely in Switzerland.
Joan Elizabeth... 100% agree.... so I guess I would apply my title to the sun and the rain!:)
Dear Jacob , it is wrong to brush people with red-blue colors, right-left wing loons /that is my view/. I'm proud to be an American - I was born in communist country - that is why I am conservative - for me most important is the personal freedom - not the common good. Socialism looks good on paper - but kills the spirit - people waiting for government or Godot to fix their life - good luck with that! I support Bush's wars. I was against Clinton's wars in Yugoslavia. It is silly to pretend that the American left is not warmongering as is the right. It is a democracy - we vote - majority wins - vote again in 2 years. I hope in 2010 Americans will stop the socialist madness that is going on in Congress by voting those pinheads out of office.
it's peaceful even if the storm is around the corner...the moment was captured very well