Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Stars on a Windy Day

I set out to get a suitable image for Europe Day - now a few days past on the 9th of May. I had forgotten the difficulties involved in photographing a flag on a windy day. A flag always seems to wave out, unfurled, when being casually observed - but try for a shot and it will hang listlessly for long period then wrap itself around the flagpole. And so it was. I eventually got this shot, but not before gathering a small group of amused onlookers. The number of stars is not related to the number of countries in the EU at any particular stage, but is a symbol of completeness (There are 12 disciples, 12 months, 12 symbols of the Zodiac and so on.) Stars are luminous beacons in the night. Sailors used to depend on them - and many still do. Stars sometimes stand in for destiny. Shakespeare's It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves seems appropriate for psychotherapy.