“A powerful monochromatic image is composed of a gradient of a single color, and has an emphasis on texture and composition. While the images I’ve shared in this post are not entirely monochromatic, they show the power that a simple color palette can have in a photograph”. – WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge Host, Jen Hooks

September 11, 2001.  Fourteen years ago today.  How long it seems since that fateful terrifying day.  How fast time has gone that it seems as if it was just yesterday.  The images and feelings of shock, anger, horror, sadness, fear and what ifs will forever be engrained in our minds.  The images and emotions are things that we will never be able to forget and will never stop seeing when we close our eyes.   The fruitless human lives that were lost.  Our freedom imprisoned.  Our hearts never the same.  Our lives forsaken.

Today, I want to honor the people whose lives were lost on that horrific day and every single day in this cruel world. The people of Syria dying in search for freedom and a better life. The endless murders and shootings of innocent human beings. All lives that are lost, everywhere on this planet due to another human being.

Will there ever be peace? Will the countless mass murders – many happening here in the United States – ever be curtailed? In a world of violence will we ever truly be free?

Freedom Tower NYC

1 World Trade Center Tower or “The Freedom Tower” is the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, in July 2013. She looms directly behind the 9/11 Memorial.

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength”.  – Dalai Lama

9/11 Memorial

Each name of a person who died on 9/11 is inscribed along the side of the memorials.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

Flowers are placed on the name of a victim in remembrance of their birthday.

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial

Three thousand tears descend into the foundation of one of the Twin Towers.

“The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission”. – John F. Kennedy

Ellis Island Immigration Musuem

Looking out through the Ellis Island Immigration Center at the Statue of Liberty and the symbol of freedom.

The Statue of Liberty

“Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself”. – Desiderius Erasmus

Freedom Tower NYCShall we never forget those loved and lost.





  1. Lovely post thought provoking and remembrance. We were in Spain when it happened and we just thought it wasn’t real. It was the incident that changed the world forever… A real terror that should never be forgotten

      1. Exactly… It’s that pivotal moment in my generation that really changed the world… They don’t come along to often but when they do they create memories that can be very sad… Our thoughts are still with the families who lost someone that fateful day

      2. Hey – I hope I have told you this already and I assure you know but I love your blog … its so insightful and full of amazing stories and pictures – therefore I have nominated you for the Creative Blogger Award B It is basically a community thing where you share 5 facts about yourself to your audience so we get to know you just a little bit better. Hope to read more of your posts soon

      3. Thanks so much! I enjoy your blog too! Sorry for the late response. Been busy these days! 🙂 Keep blogging and thanks for thinking of me!

  2. Nicole, what a beautiful, heartfelt tribute. Everyone I know remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing on that fateful day. The quote from the Dalai Lama says it all. Peace. ~Terri

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