London - Armistice Day and Red Poppies in Trafalgar Square Fountains, Sunset

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    Trafalgar Square Armistice Day - London, England.

    You arrive at an over-photographed location after having pondered on how to approach it differently, and then come to find that the answer has just fallen into your hands. In Trafalgar Square, where before as a tourist, I had hated going to because of the crowd, looked different from usual yesterday. I was not disappointed at all to see the fountains off and was even delighted to find red poppy ribbons in the pool.

    Earlier at 11 a.m., London stopped for 2 minutes to honor Armistice day. For the first time, even buses and taxis in busy Trafalgar square were hushed as the traffic lights turned red.

    For more than 90 years Britons have fallen silent at 11a.m. every Armistice Day in remembrance of the day that marks the anniversary of the end of the WWI. The First World War armistice came into effect at 11a.m. on 11 November 1918, the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month".

    Armistice or Remembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day. The poppy is a symbol of remembrance which is said to have started during WWI when Flanders, the western part of Beligum saw the most concentrated and bloodiest fighting. There was complete devastation and a lot of lives lost and the only living thing that survived were the poppies. The poppies - flowering each year with the coming of warm weather brought life and hope to those still fighting.

    Camera/Lens: Nikon D700; 24-70mm f/2.8;
    Exposure: 3.0 sec; Aperture: f/18: ISO: 100 : Focal Length: 24mm;
    Copyright 2010 - Yen Baet - All Rights Reserved.
    Do not use any of my images without permission.

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    1. JayCaps 54 months ago | reply

      fantastic shot Yen...it's always a pleasure to see your work! have a great weekend my friend!

    2. JLMphoto 54 months ago | reply

      Wow, so nice of them to put those red poppies in the fountain just for you! :) Seriously, though, they really add so much impact to this image. I like the way you composed this too -- so many elements just lead you through the scene.

    3. .Derrick:) 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful! Brilliant colours and really nice composition. It all works here :)

    4. Jeff Clow 54 months ago | reply

      Magical moment....and a truly magical piece of photo work.

      This is really superb.

    5. LiatNjoo 54 months ago | reply

      beautiful in every aspects - the sky, the foreground and the reds on the pond all blended carefully in a fantastic image. welldone.

    6. **klaracolor** 54 months ago | reply

      An excellent one! The composition is gorgeous here as well as the beautiful colours!

    7. Heiko.J 54 months ago | reply

      Very nice, vivid colors and a great pov.

    8. Bill Hansen Photography 54 months ago | reply

      great colors and a great composition.

    9. JaveFoto 54 months ago | reply

      Beatiful choice of FG and scene tha red is awesome great work and have a great weekend. Jave

    10. haegar52002 54 months ago | reply

      excellent capture... great colors... fantastic...

    11. fourdollared [deleted] 54 months ago | reply

      Very unique and very beautiful, congratulations!

    12. Scott Smith (SRisonS) 54 months ago | reply

      Amazing capture!!!! Love those bold colors.

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    13. nabilishes [on and off] 54 months ago | reply

      love the composition esp the bright red colours at th FG

    14. cinnamonsi 54 months ago | reply

      looove it ! red <3

    15. Dan Wiklund 54 months ago | reply

      Beautiful with the red.

    16. belkin59 54 months ago | reply

      Congratulations!
      Your pic becomes nominee of " National Geographic Group Award"
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    17. socrates197577 52 months ago | reply

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      Complimenti la tua foto e' bellissima!!!
      This shot is wonderful!!!

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    18. Bazalai 51 months ago | reply

      Marvellous gallery !...

      Marius Vasiliu

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