Composite Photography Fine Art print, combining my love for street photography, architecture, history, wild life and whimsical magic. 

 

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Magpie Tales

€35.00 Regular Price
€22.75Sale Price
  • Magpies are members of the Corvidae or crow family, with the black and white Eurasian magpie believed to be one of the most intelligent species in the world.💡 In fact, it's one of the few non-mammal species which can recognise itself in a mirror. 🪞
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    The notion that magpies steal shiny objects is ancient and widespread. This belief was the basis for the plot of Rossini’s 1817 opera La Gazza Ladra, or The Thieving Magpie, in which a servant girl is sentenced to death for repeated thefts of silver when the real culprit is a magpie. 🗝💍🍴🥄
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    A long history of superstitions also attached to Magpies. The modern nursery rhymes with its evolved lyrics goes “one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy, five for silver, six for gold, seven for a secret never to be told, eight for a wish, nine for a kiss, ten for a bird you must not miss.”
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    I placed this Magpie whimsical scene at the Ha’Penny bridge, one of Dublin’s best known landmarks. ❤️
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    In May 1816 this charming, elliptical arch bridge opened to offer passage via its timber gangway to any Dubliner willing to pay a ha’penny, the exact price of the then redundant ferry and payable to William Walsh, ferry owner and alderman of the city. He retired his leaking ferries and was compensated with £3,000 and the bridge lease for one hundred years.
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    When first opened, a mere 450 pairs of feet daily walked this way. In a vastly expanded Dublin, today an average of 30,000 people cross each day.

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