High up on the ruins of a derelict fortress overgrown with vines, a soldier in a colorful imaginative uniform is on guard duty. Watching the wide-open country where no enemy whatsoever can be detected, he has been standing on guard for hours on end. It is no wonder that he is overcome by exhaustion, and yawning heartily. The country is at peace, and has been for a while, which is good news. White laundry can be seen drying in the warm breeze. A sparrow has made its nest in the canon, and is curiously watching the guard who stands as straight, holding on to his rifle. In an unusual landscape format that accentuates the open countryside, the guard's solitude, and the comical aspect of the situation, Spitzweg succeeded in creating an amusing scene in happy and peaceful times. His painting technique is exceptional; especially in the texture of the sandstones and the depiction of the plants.