To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, a scarlet sea of ceramic poppies cascades from the wall into the moat at the Tower of London. The crowds were quiet and contemplative today as they lingered over the fence, taking in the impact of all that red.
The installation by artist Paul Cummins is called Blood-Swept Lands and Seas of Red. Poppies are added every week until Armistice Day in November when there will be a total of 888,246 poppies, one for every soldier from the UK, Australia, and the Commonwealth killed during the Great War.
Poppies have become a symbol of that war since soldiers recalled the poppies growing in the fields in Flanders, and they are commemorated in the poem, "In Flanders' Fields".
The poppies are for sale, available when the installation is taken down. The money will go to charities that support Britain's war veterans.
Although I have seen photos in the news, it was quite moving to be in sunny London today and see this beautiful sight in person.
Joining today with Our World Tuesday.