I like symbols, trying to work out the meaning of them and learning about the origins. The ones I’ve chosen are English, with one exception, and span early English history through to the 20th century.
The Royal Mail symbol, to be found on bright red post boxes all over the UK. It’s current incarnation has the initials E11R, Elizabeth the Second reigns, but earlier ones have GV1R and even VR can occasionally be found.
Dieu et Mon Droit. God and my right (shall me defend)was the battle cry of Richard the Lionheart. With it’s lion and unicorn, it’s now the royal coat of arms and refers to the divine right of the monarch to govern.
The Tudor Rose is the floral heraldic emblem of England. It was adopted by Henry 7th, it joined the red rose of Lancaster with the white rose of York after the war between the two royal houses.
Lastly, the Green Man, a pagan symbol of fertility that can be found not just in England but also France and across Europe. It’s a pre-Christian symbol that can be found in many churches – this one is from Spreyton in mid Devon – how interesting that a pagan symbol survived in parallel with Christianity. Perhaps they were hedging their bets when it came to mans reliance on nature!
There will be lots of symbols over at Ailsa’s place, check them out http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/12/06/travel-theme-symbol/#comments
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Dartmoor in Devon is a National Parkthat has lots of exposed granite hilltops or Tors. The rock dates back to the carboniferous period and thrust through the surface around 280 million years ago. a variety of mineral ores have been extracted for centuries. Now we can see how it cooled into layers all those millennia ago.
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One of my frequent habits is my lunchtime stroll at work, I just have to leave the office and get some fresh air and peace. I always have my mobile with me and often make calls because I can’t at my desk. Having it with me is useful, it has a great little camera and there’s lots to see all year round.
So here is my habit, snapping everything from flowers, leaves and nature, to firemen and my own sunbathing legs one day when it was too hot to move!
Does your habit include taking photos of robots and bagpipe players at lunch? Whatever ahbit you have share it at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/weekly-photo-challenge-habit/
Flaming acer leaves
now that summer is over
last bright offering
season sends you tumbling
trickling over the fall
This week Celestine Nudanu has joined me and has created a wonderful tanka based on my photo, visit her and have a look. http://readinpleasure.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/a-tanka-autumn/ Join in too if you feel like it!
. . . stretches for 95 miles from East Devon and all along the Dorset coastline. It isn’t just Jurassic, parts are Triassic and Cretaceous, each with different rock types. It’s a fossil hunters paradise, especially after one of the frequent landslides, with Charmouth and Lyme Regis areas the most likely places to find a little gem.
My end of the Jurassic coast is Exmouth, the furthest point West, where we have red sandstone that stretches along past a couple of estuaries and then abruptly changes to chalk at Beer and Lyme Regis. At Lyme you can look one direction and see chalk cliffs and east towards Charmouth, where the fresh landslides reveal fossils, in soft dark, grey, rock that feels almost like clay at times. Chalky stuff returns at Durdle Door and Lulworth.
The west end of the Jurassic coast
The chalk begins
Here you will walk on large fossils in the rocks
Lyme Regis looking east
An area of recent slips
Here the fossils you find on the beach are in soft grey rock and mostly ammonites
Further east the unspoilt beach at Eype
Layers of rock laid down overcountless millenia at Lulworth cove
So this is the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site, a geological walk back through INFINITE time and its my entry for this weeks photo challenge, as well as an excuse to show off the beautiful of South West of England!
Join in at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/photo-challenge-infinite/
It’s been ages since I’ve joined in with Cee’s challenge, my life is chaotic. My grandmother would have said ‘You’ll meet yourself coming back one day’. Like all the best challenges Cee picks really good themes and I love this one.
Maybe you would like to join in? Visit http://www.ceephotography.com/2013/09/24/cees-fun-foto-challenge-the-color-brown-and-sepia-tones/ to learn how.