Tuesday, August 9, 2011

D IS FOR....

......DAPPLED THINGS
Trying to think of something special for the letter -- 
this week, I couldn't get the phrase "dappled things" out of my mind.  It had popped up from my High School English class from about 55 years ago.  So I looked up Gerard Manley Hopkins on Google (at least I remembered the name of the poet!) and there it was -- "Pied Beauty".


 Pied Beauty
         Glory be to God for dappled things—
        For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
            For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
    Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
        Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
            And áll trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

    All things counter, original, spáre, strange;
        Whatever is fickle, frecklèd (who knows how?)
            With swíft, slów; sweet, sóur; adázzle, dím; 
    He fathers-forth whose beauty is pást change:
                                            Práise Hím.
By Gerard Manley Hopkins



Here are some "dappled things" from among my photos










Look around you.  You'll be surprised how many dappled things there are.  Anyone
got freckles?  Then you're one of them!


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This is my entry for ABC Wednesday -- the Letter "D" run by Mrs. Nesbitt and her fine group.  Click on the Link and see how others from around the world have dealt with the letter D.

24 comments:

Kim, USA said...

I learn a new word today. Usually I used spot hehe. Thanks for sharing!

ABC

Jane and Chris said...

Our house in under trees, we live in dappled shade.
Jane x
PS The security code is 'corgi'.....are you really HRH???

Jose said...

Oh wow, I had to go and google what "dapple" and meant. Now I know. Thanks Chris.

snafu said...

I don't think dappled is a word you hear much in use nowadays but it is a good choice for ABC Wednesday.

Andy said...

Lovely entry for "D".
Your photos are great. I especially like the color of the flowers in #3.

Thanks for sharing.

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Leslie: said...

Yep, I'm one of 'em...at least I sure was when I was a kid! As soon as the spring sunshine came out, I looked like a raccoon! Love your take on our D week and hope you have a divine day!

Leslie
abcw team

VioletSky said...

I am totally dappled in freckles. I never thought of it that way!

Wanda said...

Cute post, and yes I still have a few freckles leftover from being a readhead.

Your drawing of the D is so nice, you should do that for all the letters.

Wish you were in my watercolor class. Having a lot of fun.

Jo Bryant said...

stunning shots and a great little poem there

claude said...

Nice post, Chris !
You can see some beautiful birds in our backyard.

jabblog said...

'Dappled' is such a lovely word, isn't it? I like your capital D - very attractive. I love to walk through trees in dappled light.

AutumnLeaves said...

And I do love a dappled horse!

Mike said...

Beautiful... and I love the dappled orchid. Blessings to you :)

Patty said...

All photos are very nice, but I especially like the third one.

jui said...

thats a real great idea. welcome to follow my art world
http://juiscastle.blogspot.com/2011/08/dinosaur.html

Elizabeth said...

I love that word, 'dappled', Chris,and as Snafu says, not so often used nowadays. Whatever happened to dappled horses and dappled grey skies?

It's like 'fawn'! When I was young everybody wore fawn socks, but now all the fawn socks seem to have disappeared!

nonizamboni said...

Very clever choice for today! I enjoyed seeing your dappled examples and am glad to know a new poet.
Enjoy your week, be it dappled or not.

helenmac said...

oh, thank you, for the GM Hopkins poem, one of my favorites. And your photos are dazzingly dappled!
HelenMac
ABC Team

kaybee said...

Now I am seeing dappled things everywhere - lovely!

Morning's Minion said...

"landscapes plotted and pieced" is one of my favorite phrases from that poem--perhaps because I "piece" quilts?

kaybee said...

Forgot to say, I especially love your dappled orchids!

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

I'd completely forgotten that poem, but it's rather lovely - thank you!

I like your dappled shade, and the orchid is beautiful!

Roger Owen Green said...

dapper dappled items!
oh and sorry about your computer woes.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Meryl said...

Beautiful shots and what a great word. It is even fun to say!....Dappled!