Rose Bay Willow Herb

There are more waves to come but today we’ll have something a little different.


The rosy florets of bay willow

By hoary breath of some enchanter

Are translated into feathery plumes,

White as angel wings,

And leaves, brittle red and papery thin,

Carpet the thirsty brown soil.

                                         Margaret Gill

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Filed under Colour, Flowers, Nature, Pattern, photography, Poem, Texture, Thoughts, Uncategorized

8 responses to “Rose Bay Willow Herb

  1. A glorious image Louis, complimented by your wife’s superb poem. Great post!

  2. The poem is very, very nice, and the image, too. You captured the fluffiness!! It’s called Fireweed here in the US Pacific Northwest, and grows everywhere – railroad tracks, roadsides. Where I used to live (NY), it was uncommon, so I’m enjoying being able to watch its seasonal changes. It’s as beautiful now as when in full bloom. thanks! Here are links to fireweed photos on my Flickr page:
    Meadow at Snoqualmie Pass

    • Many thanks. Because it is so prolific it seems to be known by many alternative names, many of them local. As a child I knew the flowers as ‘Tipton Wakes’ because the beginning of the flowering season usually coincided with the arrival of the annual Fair in our town, Tipton.

  3. Gigi Galore

    So subtle and gentle … 🙂

  4. I’m well pleased with this photo. The enlarged version captures the lightness and ‘feathery’ qualities of the seed heads.

  5. A very nice photograph. I like the subtle colour tones, the intricate web of fluffy plant “hair” and the contrasty purple coloured flower way out of the centre. And yes, Margaret’s poem is a little gem. Like the flower.

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