The Easter Uprising in Dublin 1916.

BAhbCVsHOgZmSSJOdXBsb2Fkcy9wbGFjZV9pbWFnZXMvZDNlN2Q0Y2FkODI3NTM0YTI5XzY0MHB4LUdQTyxfRHVibGluXygxNTQxMzc1MjcpLmpwZwY6BkVUWwg6BnA6CnRodW1iSSIKOTgweD4GOwZUWwc7BzoKc3RyaXBbCTsHOgxjb252ZXJ0SSIQLXF1YWxpdHkgOTEGOwZUMADublin was still under British rule in 1916, when seven unlikely revolutionaries hatched a plan for an armed uprising during the Easter holiday. They wrote a Proclamation of Independence and chose strategic sites in downtown Dublin for their Rising, including the post office along the main thoroughfare of the city.
They felt that once the revolution began the people of Ireland would rise with them and they assumed that the British would not destroy their own property in retaliation. They were mistaken on all counts.
The Rising had its problems from the beginning. Due to a split in leadership and miscommunications, even the date was confused. When the fighting didn’t begin on Easter as many thought, would-be reinforcements turned around and went home.
Despite this, the planned takeovers of government buildings began on Easter Monday, and the destruction of a large portion of Dublin shortly followed.
The general post office, or GPO, was the headquarters of the revolution. Here the Irish flag was raised and the Proclamation was recited loudly, to the jeers and complaints of the citizenry who just wanted to post their mail.
When the British began to shell the area with heavy artillery, the complaints grew louder. The post office was eventually set on fire and mostly destroyed, along with many of the buildings around it. In the end, the British army had no qualms about destroying most of downtown Dublin to defeat the upstarts in the GPO.
The Easter Rising lasted only for 6 days. It would likely have been a mere footnote in history, but for the fact that all seven signatories on the Proclamation were then tried in secret and executed by the Crown, at which point they became martyrs to Irish freedom.
Their short-lived fight eventually led to Ireland’s independence and the leaders are revered to this day. Decades later, their proclamation is located in many Irish government buildings including the GPO and on countless memorials. It is read every year on Easter Monday at the renovated post office by a member of the Irish Defense Forces.
All that remains of the original building is the beautiful Georgian facade. The facade has its own visible scars of bullet holes, cracks and mortar damage. It is still one of the busiest post offices in all of Ireland and it houses a permanent exhibition of its role in the Rising called Letters, Lives and Liberty.
Every year on Easter Monday, a wreath is laid outside the General Post Office, the Proclamation is read and other ceremonies commence to commemorate the men and women who fought in 1916.
via Dublin General Post Office | Atlas Obscura.

Shake it Tiger by Tim Flach.


Eyewitness: Retina photography festival, Edinburgh
Photographs from the Eyewitness series
A wet tiger shakes itself in a portrait from a collection by photographer Tim Flach on show at the Retina Scottish international photography festival.
via Eyewitness: Retina photography festival, Edinburgh | Art and design | The Guardian.

Vale Lew Morrison.

Sadly, we advise the friends and workmates of Lew Morrison of his passing on Wednesday night the 21st March, 2018 at Flinders Medical Centre.

Lew was born in Glasgow, Scotland on 6th January, 1926.

He was educated at Dunhard Street School. After finishing school Lew decided that he definitely didn’t want to become a miner or a milk boy and settled for an apprenticeship in Letterpress Printing with Fowler’s Printing in Glasgow.

When the Nazis invaded Poland and war was declared, the senior printers were called up for war service and soon Lew was in Charge of the Factory and his friend Alec Neilson at just seventeen years of age.

More information will be provided as soon as it comes to hand.

Rod Parham

Canadian Geese enjoy the late morning in the Wetlands.

Your Shot photographer Scott Summers captured this image of some Canadian Geese enjoying the wetlands of Canastota, New York.
“The only sound throughout the swamp on this late spring morning were three geese honking at one another,” writes Your Shot photographer Scott Summers.
“They gathered at the head of the lake, where a fog bank rolled in just as the sun peeked over the trees to wrap the area in an ethereal glow. As I watched, the goose in the center of the trio pivoted toward the sun and, as if in greeting, arched out of the water and flapped its wings.”
Image Credit: Photograph by Scott Summers
Source: Editors’ Spotlight — National Geographic Your Shot

Oz’s Very Long Dog & Dingo Fence.

58874Image Credit: Photograph by gswell · · From Snapped:
Photograph is of part of the South Australian section of the Australia’s extremely long Dog Fence.
The Dingo Fence or Dog Fence is a pest-exclusion fence that was built in Australia during the 1880s and finished in 1885, to keep dingoes out of the relatively fertile south-east part of the continent (where they had largely been exterminated) and protect the sheep flocks of southern Queensland.
It is one of the longest structures in the world and is the world’s longest fence.
It stretches 5,614 kilometres (3,488 miles) from Jimbour on the Darling Downs near Dalby through thousands of kilometres of arid land ending west of Eyre peninsula on cliffs of the Nullarbor Plain above the Great Australian Bight
Coober Pedy SA 5723
Source: ABC OPEN: A fence too far || From Project: Snapped: Your Top 3