Isolation Antidotes (20): Back To the Pointe

This past week I put out a post (here) from northern Ireland which featured, in part, the wildflowers known as sea thrift (Armeria maritima). Today’s is a sort of sequel, in that the same variety of flowers are here again, but this time from a place called Pointe du Raz, on the northwest coast of Bretagne in France, west of Quimper. I have been to visit this unforgettable spot several times and cannot imagine any trip to the area without including a hike along this magical promontory. (Click on the photo for an enlarged view.)

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22 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (20): Back To the Pointe

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    These are gorgeous wherever you find them! Great to see another photo from a new location :)

  2. I was surprised to learn that this species has a distribution from North America to Europe and is considered native in Alaska and Canada.

    • krikitarts says:

      That surprises me too–thanks for sharing that flash of good news! I’ve often wondered about the name, and I found this on the website http://www.plantlife.org.uk: “In Gaelic thrift is known as tonna chladaich, meaning ‘beach wave’. … It is also known as Sea Pink, Rock Rose and Our Ladies Cushion. Thrift was used as an emblem on the threepenny-bit between 1937 and 1953 – the Mint no doubt aware of the double meaning in its name.” How cool is that?!

      • I couldn’t find an explanation of why the plant is called thrift. Our normal word thrift comes from the verb thrive. Might this plant be particularly good at thriving?

  3. Vicki says:

    Lovely. I can imagine a walk along the coast would be very enjoyable with the sight of these flowers along the way.

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    What a fascinating photo of the wildflowers at such a rugged location!

  5. Beautiful work, Gary!

  6. Always love a sea cliff walk… Add Thrift to that ever present sound of the sea and its a perfect day. 😊🌊

  7. shoreacres says:

    After reading your note about the Gaelic, the association I made is even more appropriate. I was thinking about the relationship between spindrift and sea thrift, and now I have it: the spindrift that blows up on the shore magically turns into sea thrift, which drifts down the rocks back to the sea.

  8. Adrian Lewis says:

    Very beautiful scene, my friend! :)

  9. Lovely. That looks like a spot to just sit and smell the sea thrift and sea salt. :-)

    • krikitarts says:

      It was a pretty steep slope but I was able to (sort of) sit for a minute or so and just enjoy it after making the photos I intended. One couldn’t comfortably stay there for very long, though, without a lot of heel-digging-in or slip-sliding away.

  10. bluebrightly says:

    It’s so cool to see this flower…it’s blooming here, in similar situations. Happiness!!

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