Abstract II

My entry for Paula’s black and white Sunday last week resulted in quite a few guesses, mostly snakeskin or some kind of wood. It was a close-up section of the trunk of this Mexican Grass Tree – a spectacular plant from north-eastern Mexico that, when mature, sports a foot wide trunk and a large sphere of long, stiff, square-edged, bluish-green leaves.

Dasylirion longissimum



Paula’s black and white Sunday this week is all about the Abstract things we see all around us in normal everyday items. Often  relating to or denoting art that does not attempt to represent external reality, but rather seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, colours, and textures.

As someone who adores looking for patterns and textures and shapes this is right up my street.


Thursday Special

Paula’s (Lost in Translation) challenge this week is Inflated

A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that  follows fast
And fills the white and rustling sail
And bends  the gallant mast;

~ Allan Cunningham


Yachts on Lac Léman (Lake Geneva) at Montreux were struggling to catch any breeze to inflate their sails.


and the strange low mist / cloud gave the impression that they were floating in the sky.


Godrevy – Portreath Heritage Coast

This is in  celebration of Earth Day and the birth of my newest grandson who was born on Mother’s Day in Australia. As our ‘Blue Planet’ comprises of 70% water an image of the Celtic Sea seems appropriate. The cliffs along this part of the Cornish coast are becoming very unstable due to erosion and you certainly won’t get me scrambling down them to a beach.

North Cliffs and Crane Islands

It is a great place for spotting wild flowers and sea birds along the 250 feet high sheer cliffs and basking sharks have been seen below.

For more Cornish photography please visit my new Cornwall blog “Under a Cornish Sky

Thursday Special: Scattered

My take on this is “throwing something in various random directions”which is what this fisherman appeared to be doing with his line.

(please click on the image to enlarge)


Of course you could also say that the pebbles on this beach at Budleigh Salterton are also scattered randomly. It only took around 400 million years to make this beach.

Please visit Paula to see her wonderful scattering of raindrops.