Tuesday, 3 November 2009

ABC Wednesday - P

Portsmouth is our starting point and where this ship is heading for port. In the distance is the 170 metre Spinnaker which was constructed in 2005 and has three viewing platforms, including one with a glass floor. Its location is the Gunwharf Quays, the name of which is a clue to the fact that this has been a important naval base for centuries.

Here is the Ark Royal aircraft carrier in the early evening and here is the

ships crest. It is the fifth ship to have this name. The first was part of the fleet that was sent out to fight the Spanish Armada in 1588 as it headed for English shores. The weather in 1588 was stormy, as it has been here this week, there has been a great deal of precipitation over the weekend and some flooding (an Arc might have been useful). The lawn became a lake but by Monday morning it
had reduced to a puddle. The birds will not be short of water.
The definition of a puddle is small enough to step over or shallow enough to walk through,
but unless you are under ten, the walk through option is usually comes after squeeze round or jump on rocks.
The poor old pampas grass has taken a few beating so far this month, and has been very bedraggled. This piece stuck to my car rear window
but a good breeze dried it out. Every year it throws its fonds up in late summer
fresh, white and straight. Every year the wind and rain pummels it in the winter until only the small and strong survive. It produces a million seeds in a lifetime, probably trying to find its way back to South America.

Pop over to ABC Wednesday to peruse more possibilities of the letter P

13 comments:

photowannabe said...

Interesting post. Hope the rain doesn't pummel you too much. That Pampas grass sure can get messy.

Carol said...

A beautiful ship and some nice reflection shots. That pampas grass looks pretty against the blue sky.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful ship! And, I too, love the reflection shots. Lovely pampas against the sky. Delightful post!

Sylvia

Hildred and Charles said...

What a very interesting post, - thanks for sharing that information and your great P photos

Jama said...

The pampas grass looks so interesting, I don't think we have that here.

Janie said...

Beautiful ship, and I liked the prolific pampa grass, too.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, I love your P Joy! so great : ) Very pretty pictures. Isn't our world so beautiful?

Grace and Bradley said...

A smart collection of P and images. Thanks for sharing.

Roger Owen Green said...

Nver been to THAT Portsmouth, but am glad to get the chance to view it.

Tumblewords: said...

Fascinating p's. Puddles, pampas, precip and all!

Jay said...

My, you have had a lot of rain, haven't you? I love that fifth photo! It's beautiful!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I love the puddle by the sundial

Judi said...

Interesting post. Love the last photo.