Flowers are lovely things. The colour, the shape, the texture, the scent: flowers have them all.
But at this time of year, when flowers are only a future prospect, I am searching for beauty in other places. (Yes, there is beauty in the winter landscape, but I’ve had enough of it.)
So instead of looking out my window, I’m looking to memory. And I’m finding some unusual attractions, in some unusual locales.
The incredible ‘flowers’ below were ‘blooming’ underwater off the northwest coast of Australia. When the tides recede, a section of the seabed that normally is deep underwater suddenly becomes shallow, and things hidden are briefly visible.
The colours of these underwater creatures are subtle,
the patterns intricate.
the shapes intriguing.
Rocks in the same part of the world offer colours and textures that make a barren landscape almost as interesting as a garden. (Perhaps more so to a geologist.) An overview of one piece of twisted landscape gives a tiny sense of what there is to see.
Close up, colours are almost unbelievably vivid.
The rocks in the Kimberley are among the oldest in the world, and their striations hint at the turmoil that once occurred here.
Not all beauty has intense colour, though. Desert scenes are more subtle.
Shadows define the shape of sand.
At a different hour, under a brilliant sky, the sand seems to change colour.
This part of the Egyptian desert was once underwater. Petrified clam shells that emerge from shifting sands prove the claim.
Nearby, petrified logs are scattered on the sand. Once a forest grew here, on the shores of a lake or river.
Natural beauty comes in many shapes and forms, in many places. Some are distant, some closer to home. Right now, the closer ones are a lot colder.
I’ll be happy when these frozen beauties melt.