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

Herb Garden  
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.

7 Responses to “patterns against backgrounds”

  1. Cloudier Says:

    Looks delicate and Japanesey. Pretty smoky blue shadow.

  2. julia fogg Says:

    Yes, really blue – they were only there for a couple of minutes and I haven’t seen them since.

  3. Beautiful. The most delicate shadow play. Do you know the silhouette films of Lotte Reiniger? You can find bits on Youtube. The Adventures of Prince Achmed is glorious!

  4. And while we’re talking of shadow-play, this too is charming, with compelling music that sticks in the mind!

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