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St Piran's Flag

Posted by
Nigel (Avening, United Kingdom) on 16 April 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture and Portfolio.

Saint Piran's Flag (Cornish: Baner Peran) is the flag of Cornwall. The earliest known description of the flag as the Standard of Cornwall was written in 1838.[1] It is used by Cornish people as a symbol of identity.[2] It is a white cross on a black background.
The flag is attributed to Saint Piran, a 6th century Cornish abbot. Saint Piran is supposed to have adopted these two colours from seeing the molten tin spilling out of the black ore in his fire.[citation needed] This occurred during his supposed discovery of tin in Cornwall,[citation needed] thus becoming the patron saint of tin miners. The earliest use of the white cross and black background design with relation to the Saint is the 15th century coat of arms of the Saint-Peran family.[3]

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très bel hommage pour ce jour de fête avec le beau drapeau

16 Apr 2013 6:04am

Yasmin from Vancouver, Canada

great capture!!

16 Apr 2013 6:17am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Are they still as Independently daft down there?

16 Apr 2013 6:55am

Helys from Paris, France

Great DOF, colors, details

16 Apr 2013 7:10am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Interesting was that kind of like a battle flag?

16 Apr 2013 7:56am

jean pierre from paris, France

belle gestion de la profondeur de champs !! amitié

16 Apr 2013 7:59am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

The first time I saw the flag was in Queen's Diamond jubilee parade. One of the boat had a bigger version of this flag. Lovely shot

16 Apr 2013 8:39am

Martine from bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

16 Apr 2013 8:50am

BiLL from Belfast, United Kingdom

Good depth of field.

16 Apr 2013 9:15am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Now I wonder where you got that background info from:)

16 Apr 2013 9:18am

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Interesting info and great dof.

16 Apr 2013 9:50am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

what is in the background? looks like fruit/veg on stakes - good info

16 Apr 2013 11:35am

@Jules: Think Kernow - think sea - think lobster - think pots - think floats - hanging out over a stream which runs through the middle of Polperrow ...........and now it all makes sense ! :-)

tataray from france, France

Bel hommage et Arrière plan très coloré.)

16 Apr 2013 11:38am

Heinz from Hamm, Germany

Guter Schärfeverlauf.

16 Apr 2013 12:38pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Colorful shot and interesting history lesson.

16 Apr 2013 12:46pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Wonderful history behind this flag! Nicely captured Nigel! ;-)

16 Apr 2013 12:48pm

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Its interesting that the Cornish folk are getting more and more traction to have their language and culture recognised

16 Apr 2013 1:56pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Thanks for the interesting comments. A very nice image to illustrate them

16 Apr 2013 2:43pm

Eric C. from Un peu partout, France

Great dof !

16 Apr 2013 3:58pm

Mireille T. from Ribérac, France

Beautiful dof in this street. I love the colours in the background!

16 Apr 2013 4:33pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Great image- love the background

16 Apr 2013 4:37pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

A magnificent narrative, Nigel . The image is so perfect hereas well..a very unique look at anhistoric flag to be sure. Thank you for the good piece of education for an old Yank, as well :-)

16 Apr 2013 5:08pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image. Lovely. :)

16 Apr 2013 5:13pm

Benkirane Thami from Fès, Morocco

Chouette, on va pouvoir jouer aux boules!
Bonne fin de soirée!

16 Apr 2013 6:27pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

good depth of field and a beautiful flag of Corn Wall

16 Apr 2013 7:44pm

destani from mashhad, Iran

Wonderful shot ! Excellent capture ! 5*****

16 Apr 2013 8:21pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

"independently daft" is one I've got to make more use of!!

16 Apr 2013 8:26pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wonderful capture and colors; great information too!

16 Apr 2013 8:33pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Dof and superb colour. Well done

16 Apr 2013 8:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fine shot of the flag with the colorful bokeh.

16 Apr 2013 9:08pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice commentary. fine bokeh

16 Apr 2013 10:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image and interesting information. I like the colorful background.

16 Apr 2013 10:20pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Nice shot and interesting information !!! Excellent dof and colors ...

17 Apr 2013 12:38am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Nice shot.

17 Apr 2013 2:35am

L'angevine from Angers, France


17 Apr 2013 6:31am

Canon EOS 500D
1/50 second
ISO 100
70 mm