when I saw your flat shot of this yesterday, I was going to comment 'I want to see this in 3D!' But then I knew it would be coming along! :-)
Nice! And lots of nice new shots on both of your pages!
;-) - more to come hopefully soon! Thanks a lot, Kamalyn!
Thanks Volkan! Some strange bird IMO. I don't even can really figure out what it is. If I were in Down Under I'd say an Emu with a boomerang but it's Austria not Australia!LOL So maybe a peacock with a horseshoe. Got to find out next time!
Strange bird, indeed. Very good composition. I like the mix of color and greys.
Thanks Chip, the stereo can stand a heavy mapping IMO! Won't do it on the single one
hmmm, seems to me the bird is an ostrich, and I wondered if it was a play on ostrich - osterreich.
Also, there's some kind of old connection between ostriches and horseshoes, though I'm not really sure what.
Yes, you're probably right it must be an ostrich! And it's really a good connection to Oesterreich but I've never heard of!LOL Maybe I'm going to find out some day what this decoration was menat to be!
Pliny the Elder believed that ostriches could and did eat anything - even horses, leaving only the shoe in its beak. Others believed the ostrich could even eat the iron. Some Hungarian kings believed that the ostrich was a symbol of strength and watchfulness. If it fell asleep and the horseshoe fell from its beak, it would land on the ostrich's foot and return it to wakefulness. Another legend has a Roman army defeated by ostrich mounted enemies. The horseshow is held upside-down to indicate that the luck had run out for the Romans.
Why this one holds the horseshoe in its foot is a mystery to me.
Oh thanks, Chip! That's a whole lot of interesting information! I suppose that the Hungarian legend would probably be the origin for this bird being there and that it goes back to the k&k Austrian-Hungarian monarchy. The horseshoe alone is very familiar here and you're supposed to hang it on the wall that the luck cannot run out! ;-)
Cool - this one really works in 3D!
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Photo taken in Klosterneuburg, Austria
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