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writing in ripples and grass

wakanomori ran a marathon this past weekend, in Portland, Maine (and did very well!) While he was running, I was admiring the salt marshes in the bay. When I started walking, the tide was out, and I was feasting my eyes on all the colors, and on the wave-tufts of the semi-flattened grasses:

grass crests and tufts

autumn salt marsh

I liked looking at all the treasures in the tideline:



tideline feathers

and a little crab

a crab in the tideline

But what was most mesmerizing and enchanting was when the tide started coming in--insistent ripples pushing in on the grass:

egret and incoming tide

And the grass and ripples were like calligraphy--words written on water:

calligraphy of grass and ripples


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Oct. 5th, 2016 04:38 am (UTC)

I've never seen a salt marsh, before. How beautiful. I love the way the ripples of grass create a grassy seascape.

Oct. 5th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
Oh they're very beautiful! I'm so glad to be able to share one with you.
Oct. 5th, 2016 05:49 am (UTC)
While he was running, I was admiring the salt marshes in the bay.

I love salt marshes.

And the grass and ripples were like calligraphy--words written on water

I like your tidal calligraphy.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
Love of salt marshes is something we emphatically have in common.

They call the most loose of the Chinese calligraphies (and Japanese calligraphies) "grass script," and you can really see the similarities:

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Oct. 5th, 2016 07:50 am (UTC)

Beautiful pictures. I love Maine any time of the year.

Oct. 5th, 2016 03:02 pm (UTC)
It was my first time to visit. I liked it very much indeed.
Oct. 5th, 2016 08:55 am (UTC)
sometimes I wish I could unrope our house and see where it might float to
Perhaps Maine.
And the grass and ripples were like calligraphy--words written on water
Dear Em,
You write the most beautiful sentences.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:04 pm (UTC)
When that sentence first came into my head, I didn't yet know whether those floating houses bobbed in warm or cool waters--it became clear it had to be warm, because winter would be very hard, up north, and yet I can imagine some of Em's kin (or ancestors) might have managed it.
Oct. 5th, 2016 10:14 am (UTC)
Flying through grass
I lost four feathers
fibrous tribute.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
I found four feathers
and am building my wings
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Oct. 5th, 2016 12:20 pm (UTC)
The photos are gorgeous, especially the last ones!
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you--it's all in the beauty that's just *there*
Oct. 5th, 2016 12:26 pm (UTC)
Ooooh, the salt marshes are glorious!
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
They really were. I took so many pictures!
Oct. 5th, 2016 01:03 pm (UTC)
We have freshwater marsh close to our new abode, but this is amazing!
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:09 pm (UTC)
Freshwater marshes are gorgeous too! Wetlands are lovely.
Oct. 5th, 2016 01:53 pm (UTC)
Lovely! I'd very much like to see that one of these days.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
I hope you can! Definitely worth seeing. They have them along much of the US Atlantic coast.
Oct. 5th, 2016 02:24 pm (UTC)
Lovely and soothing images. I feel the need to go visit the ocean today.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:11 pm (UTC)
A visit to the ocean is almost without exception a good thing.
Oct. 5th, 2016 02:44 pm (UTC)
we don´t have the tide. beautiful to see it through your eyes. calligraphy - we have that.
Oct. 5th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
I love how *you* see calligraphy in light and shadow--at least, I presume so from your photos.
Oct. 5th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
I love these! :)
Oct. 5th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
So glad! A salt marsh is a very photogenic subject.
Oct. 5th, 2016 06:10 pm (UTC)
So pretty! I love salt marshes.
Oct. 6th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
Me toooo---they are magic. See khiemtran's comment below.
Oct. 6th, 2016 01:34 am (UTC)


Oct. 6th, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)
((big hugs back))
Oct. 6th, 2016 02:23 am (UTC)
Those are lovely photos. :-)

Ripples of gray light, dark water,
the scents of grass, mud, salt--

the bay murmurs to itself
in its sibilant tongue,

as a chill breeze teases
awake the autumn morning.
Oct. 6th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)

I love that these pictures inspired you to poetry. Thank you.

Its language of whispers
recorded in the reeds
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Oct. 6th, 2016 04:14 am (UTC)
Is that an egret I see in the second-to-last picture?

I saw a few egrets and a great blue heron on my way into Boston today... wait, yesterday.
Oct. 6th, 2016 01:38 pm (UTC)
Yes it is! There were egrets, herons, and ducks. I thought I saw a bittern, but when I got home I realized it was just a heron. I shouldn't say "just"--it was still excellent. But I would have loved to have seen a bittern.
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Oct. 6th, 2016 06:10 am (UTC)
The in-between places are the best! I used to live near a flood plain that was mostly dry land, but every so often a lake. I think it made a big impression on me about the potential of things to change and to be more than what they normally were.
Oct. 6th, 2016 01:37 pm (UTC)
Wow, yes: you've helped me realize something--that with in-between places, we can see transformations at a speed that we can appreciate. (I mean, a flower unfolding to bloom is a transformation, but it's slow, and the same with the change of seasons, or a house being built.) Before our very eyes, the landscape changes, and yet it's the same place.

Seeing the flood plain transformed into a lake must be--or must have been, the first time around--awe inspiring.
Oct. 8th, 2016 06:38 am (UTC)
great photos of a wonderful scenery. Thanks for sharing!
Oct. 10th, 2016 06:06 pm (UTC)
It's my pleasure--thank you for stopping by!
Oct. 9th, 2016 08:53 pm (UTC)

I am reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

Oct. 10th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
I see that you gave it five stars on Goodreads--what's it like?
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Oct. 9th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)

And these are beautiful, calming pictures

Oct. 10th, 2016 06:05 pm (UTC)
It was a *very* beautiful place. I'd like to go there again.
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