les dunes de la plage
July 6, 2012
At Portiragnes, wide dunes run along behind the beach landscape. They’re impressive. A seemingly native environment that appears sustainable and well managed from the onlookers point of contact. Eryngium maritimum (sea holly) is in full flower – stunning steely flower heads – thrusts itself into the full frontal now. Glorious show stealing and why not!
Looking east, a euphorbia – maybe Euphorbia paralias . . .
. . that sits well now in July with Crithmum maritimum . . . .
. . . where the dunes run back into sheltered lagoons, sweetly scent Clematis flammula rampages around, in a decorous fashion – the plant is in full flower across Languedoc now . . .
. . and a contrast to the spiny, architectural form of Echinophora spinosa . . .
. . . . just coming into flower.
And Pancratium maritimum – a stupendous eruption through the sand.
Finally. maybe a leymus or marram grass or maybe something else?
Am I flower, am I grass blade?
Am I almost, but not quite, a word?
A new island made of hush,
off the map? One thing’s sure:
I’m late for my own creation –
on the eighth day – your afterthought.
You made me and now you must watch
God eat me up bit by bit. Jo Shapcott The Second Lie