Sunday, 09 May 2004
Pix Of The Day: Jungle Jim & The Lost World Mesa
CREDIT: © Ian Scott-Parker/CAMwrangler.com
WHERE: west of Zion National Park, Utah, USA. WHAT: mesa flora.
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Regular visitors will know that our combined botanical knowledge is sparse, and for at least one of us [blush], non existent. So when we hit the back roads, and climbed to the higher altitudes of the mesas, it was frustrating to see unfamiliar plants, but be unable to identify them or know anything about their natural history. The plant in today's feature [NOT Triffid pericoloso] gave the firmamentum into which we ventured the feeling of an alien planet.
As children, watching 'Jungle Jim and the Lost World' movies at the Saturday morning junior matinée performances (known as the 'ABC Minors', if you are British, and of a certain age) has clearly had a deleterious influence upon our imaginations. On closer inspection the plant was reminiscent of the foxgloves found on moorlands, and in hedgerows, all over the British Isles. The petals (and we hardly dare use even that widely known term, since we discovered that in some plants the bracts are more pronounced) had a softness that we yearned to touch, but thought we were probably safer to err on the side of caution, and leave well alone.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)