Oriflamme

Oriflamme

Learned a new word today—perfect timing for this photograph’s naming. From the OED: “Chiefly poetic. Something resembling the oriflamme of St Denis in colour; (hence) a bright, conspicuous object. In early use chiefly with reference to the colours of a sunrise.”

So likewise that pacific oriflamme
Gleamed brightest in the centre, and each side
In equal measure did the flame abate.

And at that centre, with their wings expanded,
More than a thousand jubilant Angels saw I,
Each differing in effulgence and in kind.

from Paradiso, Canto XXXI, Dante Alighieri, trans. by Henry W. Longfellow

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