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Day 21 – Legend

Raven at the Tower of London

 

Raven at the Tower of London

Legend says that the kingdom and the Tower will fall if the six resident ravens ever leave the fortress.

It was Charles II, according to the stories, who first insisted that the ravens of the Tower should be protected. This was against the wishes of his astronomer, John Flamsteed, who complained that the ravens impeded the business of his observatory in the White Tower.

Despite their having one wing trimmed, some ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have had to be sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials, and Raven Grog was last seen outside an East End pub.

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    • Pea
    • January 30, 2014
    Reply

    Formidable bird. And a stunning capture..

  1. Reply

    A lovely picture! I wish you a great weekend!

    • Eileen
    • January 22, 2014
    Reply

    Beautiful capture of the raven! Enjoy your day!

  2. Reply

    Awesome shot for OWT ~ love the raven ~

    carol, xxx
    http://www.acreativeharbor.com

  3. Reply

    What funny stories about the ravens. Great shot!

  4. Reply

    An awesome capture!

  5. Reply

    Beautiful photograph. I like how the detail of his breast feathers have come out.

  6. Reply

    Such a strong image

  7. Reply

    Ravens have such interesting stories associated with them. Just some time back I posted one from Holloko, Hungary.

    This one is a great portrait.

  8. Reply

    Beautiful shot…!

    • Mia
    • January 21, 2014
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    I adore these dark birds. You have captured this one beautifully!!

    ~Mia~ xx