2.19.2007

Historic View

Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square, London
February 2007

I spent the day touring in the city again with my friend and the kids. It is always nice to hang in the city. I have written a lot about my neverending exploring here so tonight I am going to just share an image I shot that I like quite a bit.

I took this walking up to Trafalgar Square. The statue that you are seeing is of Lord Nelson, the Admiral who led the Battle of Trafalgar against the French forces. It was built in 1840 and the metal on the the column was made from captured french guns. And for an extra tidbit of info that you may not know....when distances are measured from city to city around the world, distances to and from London are measured from Nelson's column here in this square. Pretty cool factoid, huh? So today you are getting a photo and a bit of history.

This view caught my eye as we were walking and I am so glad that I captured it. I love the light, the statue through the dark columns, and the patterned pavement. I hope that you all like it and that you like a small history lesson...FYI, there will be no test on this. :)

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Been there, done that. Just kidding! BEEE-uuuu-teee-ful as always!

Nicole said...

I had to call my husband over and show him all your pictures. They are all wonderful!

eurorebs said...

I <3 London.

Hey, I'm close to 30%!!

John Roberts said...

Very intersting history lesson, and a nicely framed photo!

Anna said...

Awesome girl...you are almost here!

Anna said...

Thanks Nicole...tell him hi from me! :)

Mike said...

Great picture! I like the way you composed this. Even Lord Nelson would be proud. Thanks for the lesson. I am a huge Royal Navy fan (another hobby).

bluemountainmama said...

great shot..and i enjoyed the factoids- i like knowing the history behind things

Anna said...

I am amazed daily at the pictures that you take! Not only do you have a gift in caputuring the beauty in things...but just the places that you see! There just aren't things like that around here! How incredible!

kenju said...

Anna, you have SUCH a good eye! Centering the obelisk through the arch was a great idea!

photowannabe said...

Whew, so glad theres no test. I freeze when it comes to testing.
Love your picture with the glow and the framing of the statue.

Corey Bienert said...

I love the soft light coming through the arches.

brilliant work as usual Anna :)

srp said...

I love the light streaming through archways, especially when the buildings are old, stone or gothic in look. Great picture. And the sepia look is wonderful.

Mr. Althouse said...

I really like this shot. I especially like the columns (of course!) but also how the shadows fall.

Mike

CG said...

very creative and exotic looking, anna, I like this a lot :)

Ash said...

Beautiful composition!

Kaycee said...

Wonderful composition and depth of field! Great job!

utenzi said...

I love the symbolism of making the column out of melted enemy (French) cannons. Now there's a statement that'll last for ages.

Corey Bienert said...

It sure is sun drop!

We filled up 3 cases of it to take back with us to school.

Oya said...

Like the composition.Thanks for the info.

Kyle said...

Urban life always draws me in.

I love your urban photography!

Kyle said...

Urban life always draws me in.

I love your urban photography!

AB said...

Simply stunning - beautiful tones and composition. I could look at this photograph for ages!

Gld you enjoyed your day!

{{HUGS}}

Pat said...

I'm so enjoying your historic accounts to us.

I love this photo! Just fantastic.

Lori Schmidt (LoriProPhoto) said...

Wow Anna you have a great talent, a natural eye. I have been in Trafalgar Square dozens of times, Charring Cross Station being nearby. I have not seen this view, which building were you in?

I did not know the bit about all the measurements/distances originating at Nelson's column. I just remember all the pigeons LOL and the tourists wanting to climb up on the lions to have their photos taken.

Great shot.

Lori

Sarch said...

Verrrry nice. I REALLY like the patterned pavement.
Keep the factoids coming!

Chad Oneil said...

Very nice image.

David said...

great shot