Layers upon layers of history and tradition.

Layered– with one layer on top of another-deposited or arranged in layers. Layered is the Word Press Photo Challenge for this week. I have to admit it had me stumped for a bit but then I began to look through my photos and found some good candidates. I started with photos from the trip we made to Vietnam and Cambodia five years ago.

Here is a photo from the temple at Angor Wat, square stones layered one on top of the other and carved to tell a story from the history of the Khmer people.


Then a mural from the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.  If you look closely you will see that the horses are layered one on top of the other. It is not just one horse there are three chestnut horses at the front and two greys following behind!


This spring in London I took several photos of the Horse Guards in the rehearsal for the Trooping of the Colour. This photo shows a member of the Blues and Royals mounted on one of the Cavalry Blacks.  There are many layers here: there is a saddle pad under the saddle, then the saddle, then a regimental saddle cloth with insignia and at the back embroidered lists of places the regiment has fought including the most recent ( the last one at the bottom) Iraq 2003 and finally a black sheepskin pad for the rider’s comfort. The officer is wearing white breeches and highly polished boots and on his torso an undershirt, blue jacket, the Blues and Royals metal cuirass (armor) attached at the sides and a lanyard on the left shoulder. You will notice that there is a small blue purse attached with the Royal insignia on it in gold. I have not been able to find out what would be carried in this. It would be very difficult for the soldier to access it. If anyone knows what  it is please leave a comment below.  What ever it’s purpose it will be part of the layered history of the Blues and Royals uniform.


Here is a closer look.


To see some of the other responses to the Challenge click here.


21 Comments Add yours

  1. Great photos. Vietnam and Cambodia… what an adventure.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      It was and I am so glad we could see Cambodia before it became a big mass tourist destination.

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      1. What a trip it had to have been. Maybe one day we’ll get there.

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      2. anne leueen says:

        It was. We did a river cruise down the Mekong with AMA Waterways. They are a very good group we have taken a trip in Europe with them before.

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  2. Beautiful pictures and very interesting information!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it interesting.


  3. Amazing, brilliant pictures!

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  4. TAJWAR FATMA says:

    I always love the pictures you put up on your blogs ma’am😍

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you I’m glad you enjoy them.


  5. Lots of layers on those horses and their riders that is for sure!

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  6. Wow such an valuable information about horse

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  7. nathaswami says:

    All for the ‘layer’ ? wonderful !

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