as the shapes emerge again – at Great Dixter

November 7, 2012

Low late autumn light floods the landscape and transforms and changes the balance . . . .

. . even cast shadows become extras on the stage and part of the metamorphosis..

Forms of plants reemerge – just standing naked  – but still adorned with jewelry  . . .

. .  humble fruit trees so full of character . . . .

. .  supported, just, or expertly trained in some cases.

Even suburban cotoneaster becomes a thing of beauty. And the grasses, well . . . . ornamental . . .

. .  and dipsascus showing nature in roughness and beauty.

I think Rilke might have liked this subtle changing vision and ‘transparency’.

Before you can count to ten

everything changes: the wind flicks

clarity out of even

the high thistle stalks

and flings it in my face,

so close it can’t be seen.

A precipice

on a border mountain

gives more certain footing

than this spot where

long grass displaces itself

overnight,      in wind, in rain,

lies down under the clear air

as if stroked

by the hand

which made it up. Jo Shapcott (after Rilke)   Caety Traylow

8 Responses to “as the shapes emerge again – at Great Dixter”

  1. Natalie Says:

    Beautiful words and pictures.

  2. Tom Says:

    English autumn, memories of childhood in Buckinghamshire, chiefly the light and enduring damp

  3. julia fogg Says:

    Ah, a damp childhood – sounds like the title for a novel? Xj

  4. Sinclair 3168 Says:

    Look so peaceful and English, spot on. Love the shadowy figures.

  5. julia fogg Says:

    yes, to all your comments.Should have added bird song maybe!


  6. […] about this aesthetically – interesting though. Looking back through the archive, I find a post from last November (written a couple of weeks earlier in the month) where a shot of the oast and […]


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