medieval or hood ornament

Down a heavily forested road an opening to the Chesapeake Bay emerges.  Here as the sun was slowly setting on Havens Beach my companions and I came across the Great Cormorant also known as shags.  The golden light made the old pilings glow and the birds majestic.

Cormorant 1/250s f/5.6 ISO250

Cormorants feature quite commonly in heraldry and medieval ornamentation, usually in their “wing-drying” pose, which was seen as representing the Christian cross.

On a lighter note the cormorant served as the hood ornament for the Packard automobile brand.

Snap!

kcritzer photography

*Source Wikipedia

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