Composition of a coastal landscape from down on one knee with a cramp in my hammy.

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4 responses to “Composition

  • tipota

    i’ve never seen a flower like that—and right on the coast, growing wild it looks like. here there are scrub beach roses–the kind you make rose hip tea out of when they lose the blossom and ripen into a berry-like thing, when in flower they are pink or white and sort of soft and fluffy-looking dispersed in green bushes at the edge of the beach. this flower is so perfectly designed, gracefully sloping petals but the petals are very precisely pointy. it looks either like a more ancient flower species or a more modern one, there’s just something architectural and maybe art deco-ish about the flower. to me, it’s like a flower from another world, beautiful. and the view from ground level with the boats, sky, etc was worth the cramped
    ham i’d say haha

  • Brad

    It’s a bit odd to see them flowering in winter; they’re more of a spring/summer/autumn bloomer, so it was delightful to see this one posing proudly despite the chill in the air. Definitely worth the stretch I made to do its effort justice. I see what you mean about the art deco style. It has a certain timepiece quality to it doesn’t it? It would make a great template for designing a sundial that closes at night, and maybe turns into a lamp! Thanks, Kathi.

    • tipota

      like a stained-glass tiffany lamp, like this oneYour flower could be adapted to the Tiffany lamp medium it they could make them pointy petals instead of even across the top :)
      btw, what is the name of that flower?

      • Brad

        Spot on. Their forms are highly mergeable, I’d say. The flower is a Gazania. Its etymology is a bit puzzling – a native of southern Africa, named for the 15th century Greek translator Theodorus Gaza for no particular reason that I can ascertain. The closest reason I can find is a story that Theodorus was offended by the payment of gold coins he received for translating Aristotle’s Greek into Latin, and threw them into the Tiber. Perhaps they made their way out of Rome into Africa somehow and sprouted into golden flower?

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