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Field of Remembrance

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed to remember the members of the armed forces who died in the line of duty since World War I. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November to recall the official end of World War I on that date in 1918; hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice (“at the 11th hour” refers to the passing of the 11th hour, or 11:00 a.m.).

The red poppy has become a familiar symbol of Remembrance Day – poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I, their brilliant red colour an appropriate symbol for the blood spilled in war.

This week, Scotland’s very first Field of Remembrance was opened on Princes Street, Edinburgh.

A Poppy Scotland initiative, the Field of Remembrance is made up of approximately 11,000 small wooden crosses which members of the public in Scotland have dedicated in honour of past and present members of the Armed Forces.

Below are few of the images I captured at the Field of Remembrance interspersed with verses from the poem,In Flanders Fields:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

To view more images from the Field of Remembrance, kindly click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Events/Field-of-Remembrance-Scotland/20009856_mfnzxP#1577030588_LPBCXRq

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

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… and Creepy Crawlies!!

Warning: This entry contains extremely close up shots of snakes, reptiles and insects. So, if any of these freak you out, please view with caution 😉

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

As I mentioned in my previous post, I had the opportunity of spending some time at the Butterfly World in Edinburgh. In addition to butterflies, it also houses a variety of snakes (mainly Pythons), reptiles and other insects.

Pythons are non-venomous snakes that are found in Africa, Asia and Australia and 17 species have been identified so far. In addition to snakes, one gets an opportunity to get up-close to tarantulas, locusts, lizards and leaf cutter ants.

Spending time there offered me a unique opportunity to capture these marvelous creatures in a way I might not have been able to in the wild. Or maybe I might not have been too comfortable getting this close to them in the wild 🙂

To view all the images* in this set, please click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Animals/Snakes-and-Reptiles/12067278_Yivxk#856987550_kNu5R

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

* – images taken with the Canon 50D.

PS: Please do visit my website www.blackstallionphotography.co.uk and please do spread the word. Thanks.

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Fluttering Wings…

Hello Fellow Gallopers,

Hope you all had a great weekend.

It’s been a while since I’ve written to you guys and that’s because I have been busy with a few Corporate projects and I also took some time out to contemplate 🙂

But in the midst of all that has been going on, I did manage to take some time out and visit the Butterfly and Insect World in Edinburgh. The first thing that hits you when you enter Butterfly World is the heat – the temperature is maintained to simulate the Tropics so the species of butterflies, insects, reptiles and plants feel at home. Coming from close to the Tropics myself, I should have felt quite at home but it did get a bit stuffy at times.

A large variety of butterflies are housed at Butterfly World in addition to a large number of reptiles (more on the reptiles in my next blog!!). One gets a unique opportunity to see butterflies at every stage of their natural life cycle – egg, larva, pupa and adult – while in their natural habitat. I have tried to capture the beauty of these colourful butterflies as they go about their normal daily routine.

To see all the images* in this set, please click the link below:

http://koshy.smugmug.com/Nature/Butterflies-and-Flowers/12066093_H8NWN#856883220_Vw6vF

Till next time, take care and gallop free.

* – images taken with the Canon 50D.

PS: Please do visit my website www.blackstallionphotography.co.uk and please do spread the word. Thanks.

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