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Monday, August 25, 2008


Lucy Corrander - Plant on RevetEment

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Rowena said...

Hi Lucy,
Thanks for stopping by! I'm feeling a little sheepish because I'm afraid to say that I have never heard of the word revetement, so had to look it up. You have a unique and curious perception of plants and nature which is captured in your photography...a nice change among garden blogs!

easygardener said...

That's a new word for me - so your picture is educational as well as a pleasure to look at. I'll try and remember it for Scrabble :-)

Lucy Corrander said...

Rowena and Easygardener -

'Revetement' was a word new to me when I moved to the area and I looked blankly at people when they used it.

But . . .

When the current bridge joining Weymouth to the Portland Causeway was constructed, the point where the Fleet Lagoon meets Portland Harbour was shifted along a bit.

The Fleet is tidal so the land had to be protected against the strong pull of the water - hence the revetement.

This photo was taken almost under the bridge, so the revetement is very steep and bleak but one of the first photos on this blog was taken further round to the west on the mainland side - where people pull their boats up and it has a 'softer' atmosphere.

The stonework doesn't show so prominently on that one, partly because the angle of the view results in a foreshortening and partly because seaweed has encroached more.

I don't suppose 'revetement' is a word much used by anone who isn't a civil engineer or who doesn't own a rowing boat!

(Most of which are 'tenders' i.e. small boats associated with sailing boats. You row out to your larger boat, mid-Fleet or mid-harbour and leave it tied to a buoy until you come home again and need to get back to land.)

Sorry 'tender' won't be much use in scrabble!


Lucy Corrander said...

Rowena - I probably have a 'unique and curious perception' of everything!

If only ideas could be converyed as easily and as succinctly as images!


Frances, said...

Hi Lucy, I agree that the sight of any plant growing in an inhospitable spot only strengthens the belief in the sheer power of nature. Along the interstate highway system that was dynamited to go through the mountains are sheer rock walls over a hundred feet high with pine trees, dogwood trees, grasses and assorted wildflowers that seeded in small cracks and then expanded the rock with their roots. Awe inspiring at the least.

Lucy Corrander said...

Frances - that sounds wonderful!

I've been hardly anywhere or seen anything. Descriptions like that make me long to be a world traveller.


Philip Bewley said...

You photographs sometimes look like paintings to me.

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