'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Monday, 23 March 2009

Beauty in Unexpected Places

Sometimes I spend so long at the beach looking at distant veiws, the breaking waves and clouds, I forget to look down at my feet.  And here I see them; sturdy little plants of soft bleached colours, eking out an existence in a hostile, dry and salty environment.  Clinging on, holding the sand together, and starting the soil-building process, and providing a tiny, more hospitable micro-climate for insects.   Good on them, I say!


  1. Hi Katherine, what a lovely photo and thought about how we just don't look at the ground beneath our feet...and what miracle may reside there. I found your blog by some happy accident.

    I hope we can keep in touch. I'm becomming a follower so I can find you again. I hope you would like to do the same with me at Oasis.

    I'm an English professor and a bit of a yogi out of Puerto Rico...don't let either influence you about me...I'm a simple accepting person.

    I think it would be great to know someone in blogland from your part of the world! I posted my daughter and her hug project this weekend...come check it out. You really have an artist's eye for photos! I love the perspective you shot. <3

  2. Oh, I realize I found you from Lori times five blog! She's delightful! <3

  3. Hi Katherine, i love your photo and the words behind it, its a lovely reminder.
    And yes, do go visit Cynthia, incredible blog. Oh, and thanks Cynthia for the kind words :)

  4. Proves that small is beautiful in its own way - as well as useful in the great scheme of things.

    A propos of nothing- I love your kiwi fruit clock...

  5. Welcome to TLVD, Cynthia! ANd thank you for your comments. I'll come and visit when I have a few minutes of break time...and your daughter's blog too.
    And thanks for popping in Lori - don't know when you have time with all the comments you answer over at your place!
    Jinksy - if you want a kiwifruit clock just click on it! There are plenty to go around.
    And other tempting choices too, equally nutritious.

  6. The colours in that one are just gorgeous!

    When I'm on a beach, I'm nearly always looking downwards, for the small things. But tell me, have you ever found a katipo?

  7. Ah, a katipo. Not recently Jay, but I haven't looked either. Someone told me they are becoming increasingly rare. We used to find them easily on Hawkes Bay beaches when I was younger. Their favourite places are under logs and driftwood. They are actually quite shy and people would never believe they were so numerous. Back then, at least.