Greenthread at the Shore

Tres Palacios Bay, Texas

 

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour…

 

“Auguries of Innocence” ~ William Blake

 

Comments always are welcome.

49 thoughts on “Greenthread at the Shore

  1. Context, context: land-locked me wouldn’t have associated greenthread with a coast.

    The title of Blake’s poem has me wondering this morning whether he was auguring innocence or whether innocence was doing the auguring.

    1. At the head of bays like Palacios, Matagorda, and Lavaca, the plant communities often contain plants found more inland. In this general area I’ve found basket-flowers, American germander, white prickly poppy, and Maurandella antirrhiniflora, which has the amusing name of Roving Sailor. I knew you’d posted images of it, and sure enough, I found several images using the common name snapdragon vine.

      As for Blake: at least he was auguring rather than arguing.

    1. Perhaps that’s the floral equivalent of the lone baby duckling that always heads off in a direction different from the group’s. One of the predictable sounds of summer around here is the frantic quacking of mamas and babies as they try to find one another; that ‘loner’ flower may have the same adventurous spirit.

  2. Blake was a great mystic, as well as a great poet. Beautiful blooms, and dare I say a sharp image during what appears to be windy conditions. Love the contrast.

    1. Sometimes, things work out. I’d hoped to manage the breaking waves as a background, while keeping the flowers sharp. A bank of gravel and sand behind the flowers offered just enough of a windbreak for it to work.

    1. It was windy, for sure — but it’s almost always windy there. Finding a sheltered group of flowers made it easier to get a decent image. They don’t look especially sheltered in the photo, but there was a bank of gravel and sand behind them that served as a small windbreak.

    1. Isn’t it, though? The Gulf-facing beaches have their delights, but the land around the bays is just as interesting. The birds differ somewhat, and of course many of the sea creatures are absent here.

    1. I’m pleased you described it as ‘dynamic,’ Jet. It certainly was a day filled with movement, thanks to the wind, and I think it was just the sort of day Blake would have enjoyed.

  3. The combination of Blake’s much-loved lines along with this gorgeous photo makes my morning, Linda — thank you! Such a splendid capture you have here.

    1. Not all ‘seaside’ interest is at the beaches of the Gulf. The bays have a lot to offer, especially when views like this are available. When I saw the flowers and the sand, Blake’s lines naturally came to mind; it was fun to find them together, ready to pose for their photo.

    1. Now, if only we could get a little break in this heat — there’d be a whole lot more noticing going on, but intelligence says, “Wait a bit longer…” Maybe tomorrow morning!

    1. You’re right about that. The ‘little Lamb’ and ‘Tyger’ are pretty well known, as are these lines, but there’s more to Blake than pretty (and easily memorized) verses. The complete text of “Auguries of Innocence” proves that.

  4. Lovely lovely lovely! Mike & I have a trip planned to the coast next month. There probably won’t be flowers (but maybe?), but there will definitely be brown mice and crabs and maybe foxes & that will be fabulous.

    1. As soon as it cools a bit, I’m eager to visit the beaches myself — once the holiday crowds are gone, of course. I always enjoy your photos from your trips; I hope the foxes make another appearance. Of course the crabs will be there, but I suspect there will be some surprises, too: maybe even flowers!

  5. I love the flowers against the background of the sea. They remind me of a small coreopsis I had years ago – and should probably try growing again.

    1. It’s easy to confuse these with coreopsis; I always have to take a second (or third, or fourth) look to be certain which I’m seeing. One of the signs of greenthread is the tendency of the buds to droop; you can see that in the photo.

  6. Ducklings here in the South are early this year. Two weeks ago there were 8 of them with mamma and pappa duck. Yesterday there were five ducklings!

    Lovely photo of those sunny flowers with the sea as background

    1. Ah, yes. Duckling: it’s what’s for dinner, at least for the gar fish, alligators, and gulls that enjoy reducing their population. It does make it easier for the mothers to keep track of their broods, and of course if every mallard survived, we’d be up to our hips in ducks. Nature knows what she’s doing.

      I’m eager to get back to my favorite coastal areas. It’s been so hot I haven’t been inclined, but every now and then Masefield’s poem comes to mind: “I must go down to the seas again…”

    1. Land, Sea & Sky is the name of a business here that specializes in optical devices like binoculars and telescopes. They have a wonderful reputation, and price tags to match. I’ll stick with this sort of land, sea, and sky, and be happy.

    1. Oh, those mowers! They certainly can wreak havoc. But, since they showed up in your neighborhood, I’m glad to have been able to show you one more view of these beauties for the season.

  7. Wind, sand, salt air, green and yellow life thriving in harsh conditions.

    The poet provides a word picture for the taste buds of our brain to savor.
    The artist provides a technological image which transports us to the scene of the rhyme.

    And we are grateful.

    1. “The scene of the rhyme” is apropos, and so clever! I think Blake would have liked it, if we could have shaken him out of his gloomy view of the world long enough to appreciate it.

      Words and images; art and science; nature and humanity. They’ll all good combinations, and they always shine when they’re combined with a little verve!

    1. Thanks, Sheila. One of these days the weather’s going to improve, the tourist traffic will lessen, and I’ll get back to the shore to see what else has popped up. I hope your holiday was a good one. Tomorrow, we’re back to work!

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