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I must admit, this photo was in the running for this month's movement theme, but I decided to go with something else. This past Friday (October 3rd) was German Unity Day - Germany's version of Canada Day or the Fourth of July. It was especially nice that it fell on a Friday this year so we got to make a long weekend out of it. My husband and I checked out some of the local street festivals and generally just enjoyed the great weather. (I also got my round of golf in!)

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell. There is a long Wall Memorial along Bernauer Strasse where visitors can see exactly where certain events happened. This particular picture is pretty famous - that's an East German guard jumping the fence to the West before the gates were entirely closed. Pretty amazing that someone just happened to be there and captured this moment since this was before the age of selfies and cell phones. I'll be featuring more of Bernauer Strasse this week, so be sure to check back. Until then you can see more murals at Monday Mural.

PS: I am posting photos from my recent trip to Paris on my other photoblog, Halcyon Travels. You'll find a bonus mural posted there. Click here or on the link on the right side of this blog. Enjoy!

16 comments:

  1. Terrific shot!

    There's a section of the Wall here in the war museum.

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  2. How wonderful Germany celebrates this important historical event, and the moment of their reuiniting! I bet they do it up right...can't wait to see more photos!

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  3. Someone said that in photography, good luck goes to the prepared. But, um, the chances of having a longish lens and low f stop at the ready?

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  4. Gotta love long weekends! Nice photo.

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  5. I remember that when it happened, he was lucky most were not as they were shot in the attempt

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  6. I also remember this photo from the papers in that time. Its really fixed in the brain.

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  7. One to remember.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy new week!

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  8. Photos happen every second. The key? Be THERE!

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  9. That photo captured one very courageous moment of decision.

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  10. This has become an iconic image over time. I remember the event from the newspapers of the era. Years later I visited East Berlin through Checkpoint Charlie. Thanks for jogging those memories. And thanks for contributing to this week's Monday Mural.

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  11. I can understand why Germans celebrate this day!

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  12. It was another century and another world...

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  13. I remembered the interview the guard gave years later and how he decided in a second to just go for it! Many photographers were there on that day and one just captured the perfect moment!

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