Years ago, the RAC used The Rolling Stones’ haunting Gimme Shelter in a TV commercial where a lone lady’s car breaks down in the dark and a black knight on a shining motorbike pulls up to fix it for her. It was more atmospheric and persuasive than my summary gives credit: although I doubt TV advertising (like all intrusive advertising) works as well as the sales team would claim, in this case it triggered a purchase. I bought the (wrong) Rolling Stones CD to try to get a copy. I’m just that bit too young to be truly knowledgeable about the band and thought I was looking for 2000 Light Years From Home, a good title for a stranded lady.
Gimme Shelter sprang to mind when I spotted this ladybird. I’d have cropped in a bit tighter but liked the dramatic effect of the wizened seed capsules, hard, almost ugly against the splendour of the fiery foliage; the feeling of disarray.
In another capsule, a snail had checked in and was trying out the peony seed hotel for size. Can you imagine the review? “The bed was hard, not wide enough to turn round in, and the room spent the whole night swaying. In the morning I tried everything to get the shower to come on hot but ended up having a cold one in the open air…”
Only teasing. Unlike us, I’m sure snails and ladybirds are grateful for whatever they can find.
Setting aside the snail, beetle, seeds and song, I was amazed how beautiful the peony foliage was in its autumn colours. Who would have thought the leaves would take such good advantage of their turn in the limelight after the flowers had hogged our attention earlier in the year?