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2014 Blog Project: Week 2

January 15, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

Blog Project Week 2: Strength

This turned out to be a challenge for me. It doesn't seem like it should have, but my natural instinct was to photograph someone emotionally showing strength. However after last week's interpretation of "Struggle", I didn't want the posts to feel too similar.

This week for the word Strength, I'm going literal and using a photograph from one of my trips to Bethlehem, PA for their annual Celtic Classic. The Celtic Classic is the largest free Celtic festival in North America. It takes place over an entire weekend in September and is full of both Irish and Scottish dance demonstrations, shopping, traditional food, music and other various entertainment. One of my favorite things to watch every year however, is the Highland competition.

Various events in this competition include the hammer throw for height, the hammer throw for distance, and the caber toss. The caber toss is one of the most incredible things to watch live -- if you don't know what it is, go YouTube "caber toss Daniel McKim". It's ok, do it now. I'll wait...

How crazy is that!? So incredible to watch in person as you cheer on each competitor and feel their pain when they can't make it flip or celebrate with them when it hits 12 o'clock. But most impressive is to watch the sheer strength each of these guys have. They're basically throwing a telephone pole. Alone. And flipping it. Intense.

But they're not born like that. These women around the world are not giving birth to little Scottish Hulk's. Sure there's the genetic disposition for physical activity and height you get from your parents and so on. But they don't sit around all year watching TV, they train for it. HARD. It's constant work and conditioning, and proof that the human body can do incredible things. Which is why I chose this picture from 2012:

They worked for it and developed their strength over time, never giving up. To me, this shows both physical and emotional strength and perseverance (which with my luck will be the next word I pull out...)

I mean really, look how easily this competitor tossed The Rose of Tralee up in the air like this (photo from 2013):

 


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