This carving was created by Gislebertus between 1125 and 1135, and shows an angel awakening the Three Wise Men, impelling them to follow the star. You can read a little more about it HERE.
I just like the way the three kings sleep with their crowns on, all spooned together.
When I was a child in the early 70s, this is what it was like to go to the beach at Galveston. The waves would roll back, there would be a brief pause, then thousands of these tiny shellfish would wriggle to the surface.
Technically they were edible, but they’re only about a quarter of an inch long so you’d have to have a lot of time on your hands to prepare enough for a meal. We just loved the vibrant colors and the motion.
They started disappearing in the 80s, and they’re pretty much all gone now.
There’s a huge, constantly expanding “dead zone” at the mouth of the Mississippi, caused by fertilizer and pesticide runoff, and I assume that zone finally expanded large enough to wipe them out.
It’s a pity. They were a joy.
An aside: Mom used to pack Chips Ahoy chocolate-chip cookies for our beach trips, and they would become soft and salty in the humid ocean air. I sometimes buy a bag at the grocery store, but they are crisp and fresh and don’t taste right to me.
It’s pretty simple to upset the applecart.
The pun is almost incidental. This makes me smile because everyone here seems so happy. 😀
Michael Leunig is on the web HERE.
There’s something appealing about this that I can’t quite put my finger on. (via)