Thirsty Thursday: Manzanar

Rambler: Terry Drink in Hand: 2009 Ventana Pinor Noir

Manzanar. If it weren't a historic site, you would drive right by the place. There's not much left. I won't pretend to know about the history of Manzanar. The most I really know about the place is what I read in the visitors center and online. I'm sure I read about it in a history class or two. Of course, at that time in my life, I'm sure I didn't really pay that much attention. But there's something about visiting a place with a history like this that leaves an impression on you. I suppose what I feel is something to the effect that "I hope we don't do that again. . .I hope we can see something like this coming." I'm not sure if it's sadness or regret or disappointment or maybe hope. . .that we will make better decisions. It's almost the same feeling I felt when we visited Hiroshima several years ago.

All the shots below are from the cemetery. . .the "Soul Consoling Tower". In the middle of the valley, below the towering mountains, I was reminded of Japan. The prayers hanging around the tower and the peacefulness of the place reminded me of the shrines from over there. The lighting was harsh, but I hope I was able to capture of those feelings.

Soul Consoling Tower
Colorful Prayers
Long Shadows