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Wednesday, 2 November 2011

On the Beach

An unexpected day out walking on golden windswept sands gave the inspiration for today's post


On The Beach
A strong, benign wind swept the vastness of the beach,
Our short, sharp shadows scoured by fleeing sand;
Three paces we would take, then stop to reach
Towards a shell, a feather or a small child’s contraband;
Gaudy plastic flanked by strident-coloured driftwood planks,
Contrasting against the subtle natural hues
Of pearlised, pastel debris lain on gritty banks,
Pinks, saffrons, ochres and a palette-ful of blues.

A half-hour’s walk stretches to several hours
Childlike memoirs merge with new delights,
Wild, flattened dune grass shows minute, cowering flowers:
Raise questions – how they thrive, those lives so slight.

The sand, the shore, the wealth of nature’s trove,
The loveliness of close and distant views,
A curdled sea, acres of blue above
Until the sun dissolves to yield night’s starry clues.
Glimpses of the univere beyond, where distance is of different scale,
Stars prolific as the grains of sand,
Planets with vistas far beyond our human optic veil
Strangest seas, curious spectra, unimaginable lands.

I rejoice to see and imagine all these as gifts of a generous God
Whose mighty hand has fashioned so much more
Than  we can ever, ever conceive;
Whose love is entangled deep within nature’s core.

Also with Beach themes are Colossal, Capricious Ocean and Treasure Hunt





Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'