A Jolly Roger (aka pirate flag)
J is for JOLLY
The skull and crossbones flag looks ominous to me but I'm pretty sure the flag above was flying just for fun...but I dunno for sure. The term Jolly Rogers for black flags with smiling skulls goes back at least three centuries, and the originals meant business. Serious business.
A Jolly Roger was not flown most of the time but was raised - often accompanied by a warning shot - when a pirate ship was about to take over another ship. It warned the captain on the victim ship to surrender - no harm would be done to anyone on board. If the victim ship resisted, the Jolly Roger was replaced by a red flag and there would be no mercy.
And now for something completely different
Don't you think this guy looks jolly out for a walk in his cozy coat?
Not-so-jolly ring-billed gull
I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE
FYI City Daily Photo bloggers: The February 1st theme - If you had to leave forever the city from where you usually post, what would you miss most?