So it's now the early hours of the 12th in the UK, but here in New York it's still the 11th, which means I'm technically not late sharing these pictures I took of the poppies at the Tower of London last month.
The installation, entitled Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red, was to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War with each poppy representing a British military fatality. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies in total, with the final one put in place on the 11th November to mark Armistice Day. Seeing the poppies was a truly incredible experience, despite the crazy crowds you had to navigate through to get a good view, and it really brings home the level of sacrifice that was made.
The ceramic poppies are the creation of artist Paul Cummins and the setting was designed by stage designer Tom Piper. They were gradually added to the moat surrounding the Tower of London throughout the summer and will now be picked by volunteers to send to their new homes. All the profits from the sale of the 888,246 ceramic poppies - in the millions! - will be split between 6 service charities.
p.s. can you see the little robin hanging out on the poppies in the 3rd picture? He kept hiding underneath them and hopping out occasionally to say hi!