Photographer's Note

TWIN LAKES, VIRGINIA

I was beginning to get jealous of the gorgeous photographs featuring autumnal colors being posted from Northern Europe and North America, when I came across an unusually beautiful view of the colors of fall here in Virginia. The body of water is Twin Lakes in Fredericksburg, about 50 miles (80 km) south of Washington.

Fredericksburg is the historical city in which George Washington, the first President of the United States, grew up, and where President Monroe lived and practiced law. Indeed, a circle of 60-miles radius, with Fredericksburg at the center, produced four of the first five Presidents of the United States. Besides Washington and Monroe, there were Jefferson, Madison. The state produced a record eight of the nation's 43 presidents in its history, with the eighth and last being Woodrow Wilson early in the 20th century.

"Four-score" years after the wars that created the United States, the city became prominent a second time, when, during the War Between the States (1861-1865), it changed hands between the Armies of the Union (Northern) and the Confederacy (Southern) a total of seven times. The placid scene in the photograph belies the misery that visited the site on an exceptionally cold December day in 1862, when over a hundred thousand Confederate and Union troops faced each other. The Confederate Army led by General Robert E. Lee (and his right-hand man, General Stonewall Jackson) was victorious in this battle over the Union Army led by General Burnside. Just five months later in early May 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville (approximately 30 km to the west), was fought with the Confederate Army again victorious, but with Stonewall Jackson sustaining a mortal wound from 'friendly fire.' The war ended in 1865 with the victory of the North that preserved "the Union."

Nikon D-70, 18-70 mm lens, tripod, ISO 200, no filter. Virtually no post processing, save for the simple frame created from one of the colors picked up from the image itself.

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