patterns against backgrounds
July 26, 2010
Just a momentary slide show on the west facing wall of the courtyard
foliage from the bronze fennel and the standard fig (sorry about the brown bits but inevitable gull shit!) + fennel flowers which reminds me to remove them before the seeds sprout up again like a forest next spring
the shadow of the fig looks like a line of dancers . . .
. . . and something Deborah might pick up on (14 Grande Parade St Leonards) . . . up the steps more fennel
|by Timothy Steele|
| The lizard, an exemplar of the small,
Spreads fine, adhesive digits to perform
Vertical push-ups on a sunny wall;
Bees grapple spikes of lavender, or swarm
The dill’s gold umbels and low clumps of thyme.
Bored with its trellis, a resourceful rose
Has found a nearby cedar tree to climb
And to festoon with floral furbelows.
Though the great, heat-stunned sunflower looks half-dead
The way it, shepherd’s crook-like, hangs its head,
The herbs maintain their modest self-command:
Their fragrances and colors warmly mix
While, quarrying between the pathway’s bricks,
Ants build minute volcanoes out of sand.
And, at the front, those stalks and seed pods on the phormium are still making a great silhouette standing out dynamincally against the background.