Carl Peterson

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St Andrews Cross I was driving home one day, around sunset, in southeastern Pennsylvania, when I saw this sky. I fortunately had my camera with me and quickly pulled over, and took pictures. Is this what Pictish King Angus and his men saw before their battle?

Andrew and his brother Peter were two of the original apostles of Jesus. Andrew was a fisherman from Galilee, and went on to spread the Christian religion in Greece and Asia Minor.

According to tradition, St. Andrew was put to death by the Romans in Patras, Southern Greece by being crucified on a diagonal cross. The diagonal shape of this cross is said to be the basis for the Cross of St. Andrew which appears on the Scottish Flag.

Legend suggests that a Monk called St. Rule (or St. Regulus) was warned in a dream that St. Andrew's remains were to be moved and was directed by an angel to take those remains which he could to the "ends of the earth" for safe-keeping. St. Rule dutifully followed these directions, removing a tooth, an arm bone, a kneecap and some fingers from St. Andrew's tomb and transporting these as far away as he could. It is said that St. Rule was forced to come ashore at a Pictish settlement because of a storm. The settlement was on the East Coast of Scotland and this later became the town of St. Andrews.

A chapel was built to house the relics, and by 1160 a cathedral. St Andrews was the religious capital of Scotland, and the goal of many pilgrims.

Another legend of St. Andrew involves the Pictish King Angus. When faced with a large invading army, King Angus prayed for divine guidance. A saltire (the diagonal cross) appeared in the shape of a white cloud against the blue sky. Angus won a decisive victory and decreed that Andrew would be the patron saint of his country. However, it was not until after Robert Bruce's victory at the Battle of Bannockburn (1314), that the Declaration of Arbroath named St. Andrew the patron saint of Scotland forever. The Saltire became the Scottish national flag in 1385.

The two pictures below were taken by Pat Hughes, an old friend who lives near Victoria in British Columbia. He says "As you can see the airline to Alaska passes overhead at the same time the flight from Hong Kong arrives in Canadian Space. Of course King Angus didn't see Contrails, they were not around until 1940. What he did see was High Cirrus cloud streaks at two different altitudes with a wind difference caused by the presence of the Jet stream. That's been going on since there was air on the planet."

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This picture was taken by Randy White, of Washington (State). He says, "didn't see it till we processed the shot at home." The picture was taken near the Golden Gate bridge in California.

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This picture was taken by Paul Phillips, at Mörbisch am See, in Austria.

The following pictures were taken in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, October 2007.
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This picture was taken in San Antonio, TX, November 2010


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