Friday, March 12, 2010

Skywatch Friday


This week's Skywatch Friday includes a view of the Soldiers and Sailors Civil War Monument on Boston Common. View other Skywatch Friday photos.

The monument stands 72 feet tall, or 22 meters. The total cost of the monument was $110,000 in 1877 and was funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The column is topped by a figure representing the Genius of America. Four statues at the base represent Peace, the Sailor, the Muse of History, and the Soldier. Bas-relief plaques depict the departure and return of the forces, the Navy, and the work of the Boston Sanitary Commission. In one plaque, Longfellow can be seen accompanying the governor. The figures at the base of the column represent the sections of the country: North, South, East, and West.

21 comments:

J Bar said...

Beautiful photo.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Lily Hydrangea said...

such a great skywatch & the bit of history is very interesting too.

Anne said...

You = one of the best my friend :-) what a picture, once again!!

Nice weekend.

Guy D said...

Fantastic shot to say the least, your blog never disappoints.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Malyss said...

Is Civil War what we call here "Secession War"? (North against south)
This monument is rich and the way you pictured it , among the trees on this beautyful blue sky, is like a tribute from you.
I noticed pleasant benches around..Ü

joo said...

beautiful photo. I love the clods - they look like sugar candy:)

brattcat said...

That's an amazing cloud formation your captured for this skywatch!

John said...

Great shot; it's a sort of 'skyburst' of cloud.

Marcie said...

What a great scene. Love how you captured the sky.

Laura Hegfield said...

interesting cloud formation!

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

the cloud is like a firework in the sky

Carver said...

The sky is perfect for creating a beautiful tapestry behind the statue. I like how the light post is in front slightly to the right of the statue, also.

Hilda said...

So many things commemorated in that very interesting memorial. Fantastic sky too!

Lois said...

Quite an investment at the time! It's a beautiful monument. I like the way those clouds look too!

Terry said...

Nice shot. Great colors.

B SQUARED said...

Very nicely done.

Cezar and Léia said...

Truly beautiful image! I particularly like the special touch the cloud gives to the picture, in contrast with the blue sky!
God bless you!
Cezar

amatamari© said...

Surprising and fascinating: a really great post, thanks!
:-)

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» would call this a SWF entry of (ahem) historic proportions... ;-)

Kim said...

That is one of the prettiest cloud formations in a blue sky I've ever seen. The "gold" of the lawn really sparks the sky color. Wow!
-Kim

Renee said...

Ohh! This is so beautiful. I just love it. The blue is very intense.