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

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;

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Taken on November 11, 2010