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18-JUN-2017 Jola Dziubinska

Siren, Sword, Shield And The Bridge Strings

Warsaw, Poland

SYRENA - Siren, Mermaid - the symbol and armoury of Warsaw, Polish capital. It is featured in Warsaw's coat of arms since the mid of 14th century.
The sculpture was located at this place at the Visula river in September 1939, where survived untouched to the end of War, thus becoming a symbol of the invincible city.
The figure depicts half-woman, half-fish, with a shield and sword held over her head.

The Legend of Warsaw Syrena:
Once upon a time there were two mermaid sisters, who swam to the shore of the Baltic Sea from their home deep in the sea. They were very beautiful. One day they both decided to come ashore. The first sister headed up to the Danish straits, and so she sits at the entrance to the port of Copenhagen to this very day. The other sister swam first to the port of Gdansk, from where she decided to swim the river Vistula. She came out of the water onto the sandy bank to rest on the foot of what is today Warsaw's Old Town. She loved that place so much, that she decided to stay. The fishermen living in this area noticed, that during their fishing someone was churning the waves of the Vistula River, tangling the nets and releasing the fish. But the mermaid enchanted them with her beautiful singing, and they did not harm her. One day a wealthy merchant saw the mermaid and heard her lovely song. He quickly calculated how much money he could make displaying her at market fairs, so he captured her and imprisoned in a wooden shed without any water. Her cries for help were so loud that soon a young fisherman's son heard her, and with the help of friends he set her free at night. Grateful that the townspeople had defended her, the mermaid promised to help them in time of danger. This is why the Warsaw Mermaid is armed: she bears a sword and a shield to defend the city.

Nikon D700 ,Nikkor 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 AF Macro
1/125s f/8.0 at 62.0mm iso200 full exif

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Liz Bickel18-Sep-2017 23:25
Super composition, subject matter, and lighting. The story to go along with the scene then makes the image even more extra special.
LynnH04-Sep-2017 04:14
Wow, you got a lot for S challenge! Nice to see a strong woman in charge of City. :) V
MarcViskens03-Sep-2017 22:22
Very nice Jola
Mairťad03-Sep-2017 20:19
Very well composed and lots of interesting info.
Stephanie03-Sep-2017 16:01
Cool composition and capture! V
larose forest photos02-Sep-2017 23:11
Lots of S's here! What a great shot this is and really interesting legend. V
Walter Otto Koenig02-Sep-2017 20:57
Wonderful composition Jola. No lack of "S's" here. "V"
Yvonne02-Sep-2017 10:16
Amazing to capture so many "S's" in one shot Jola! v
joseantonio02-Sep-2017 03:54
I remember this quite well.V.
laine02-Sep-2017 02:24
You covered so many with this beauty...LOL at Jean !!
Dennis Hoyne02-Sep-2017 02:24
A beautiful composition, and such an interesting story to go along with. V
jeanb02-Sep-2017 01:23
You've done the entire challenge and it's only day 1. , 😀
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