Month: April, 2010

JROTC Review at Beaufort High – Photography

April 30, 2010

Beaufort High’s Junior ROTC program held their annual review this week. This is a significant event as the troops are lined up for inspection by a distinguished guest. They march from the High School to the football field where the review is held.  This is an event replete with pump and circumstance along with martial music. Ask anyone serving in the military and they will tell you there is significant symbolism associated with this ritual.

This particular photograph was taken as the company was leaving the field after the review. It leaves no doubt as to whose JROTC troop it is.

Black Belt Testing in Beaufort

April 21, 2010

Friday night, we were at a regional black belt testing event at Club Karate in Beaufort. As a friend of the school, it was a pleasure to photograph part of the proceedings.

The seven black belt candidates participated in a grueling 3 hour test in front of a panel of three high ranking black belt examiners. Attempting to get your black belt is no sure thing. There have been instances where candidates passed out, got injured or simply were not successful in testing for their black belt.  However, I am pleased to say that all seven candidates obtained the degree of Black Belt in Chun Kuk Do.

These testing events are only held once or twice a year at different CKD schools in the region. We were fortunate this event was in Beaufort.  The school was packed with parents, siblings and students watching the proceedings.

This particular composite image is part of a Kata that Ms. Aud was performing in front of the panel. All candidates are required to perform  seven katas – a series of pre-defined punches, kicks and moves – similar to doing seven solo choreographies – where every element is evaluated.

It was a pleasure to photograph the proceedings and we’re looking forward to attending the next black belt test to take place in Beaufort.

Macon, GA Cherry Blossoms

April 5, 2010

A few weeks ago, the family took a little vacation to Macon, GA. This is our annual visit to the wonderful Cherry Blossom Festival, held every year in March. Witnessing thousands of blooming cherry blossoms is quite an extraordinary sight.

You can follow the cherry blossom trail and drive under canopies of white flowers. The ground is covered with white petals. It is quite marvelous.

After the pink pancake fireman breakfast, we wandered around central park to see the Mustang Exhibit. Over 70 mustangs of all vintages. While the children were busy riding some death spiral contraption, I noticed a cherry blossom tree nearby and decided to take a few photographs.

Macon, GA Cherry Blossoms · April 5, 2010 · 6:16 pm · Nature · Add Comment