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  • Writer's pictureMonique Sliedrecht

Nature's First Green is Gold

Seaside sandplant, otherwise known as Sea chickpea or Sea pimpernel, is a low-lying succulent that seems to have spread quite a lot on the upper shore here. With the shifting of the seasons, it has changed colour, now matching the gold lichen on the large rock nearby. I love the spots of yellow against the more neutral grey sand and stone. The bright spots of yellow were very noticeable as I clambered down the cliff path onto the Freswick Bay shore in the morning sun.

Sadly, according to Robert Frost's poem 'nothing gold can stay'. Soon we'll be moving onto a completely different palette.

But for now, I am enjoying these lustrous hues.


Nothing Gold Can Stay

Robert Frost

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf. So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

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