Saltire over Savannah, GA. Contrails In The Skyby James Byous on 12/17/11
Those of Scottish ancestry readily recognize the Saltire, even if they aren't familiar with the flag's name. The "X" on the Scottish flag marks the oldest national flag to fly anywhere on the globe. It's quite well known here in the South where heritage hangs like moss in the oaks and Scots (even those separated from their ancestral homeland by multiple-generations) abound. That's why we all call each other "Cuz". 'Cuz we are... cousins, that is.
That X represents the cross of Saint Andrew, the first person called by Jesus to discipleship. His bones, or at least selected specimens were... shall we say, "borrowed" and taken to what is now
It is said the Angus MacFergus, the Pictish King of Alba and Eochaidh, the King of Dalriada, were fighting against forces from the south - yes, the English - over land in East Lothian near Haddington. The night before the battle Angus had a vision in which St. Andrew came to him and said his army would be victorious. The next day - just in time for the battle - clouds in the sky formed and X, the shape of St. Andrew's Cross. The Picts and Scotti were encouraged, the Northumberland army ran. The battle was won. And, so they say, the rest is history.
This photo, however, was of the sky over
And, no, it was not Photoshopped.