Ragtag Tuesday: Dappled

‘Dappled’ is such a summery word.  It speaks of strolling through woodland on a sunny day, as the sunlight dances through the tree canopy to brindle the path below.  It defines the russet spots that stipple the silvery trout weaving around in a clear and still-flowing stream.  It describes a piebald foal frisking in a field alongside its mother.  And it’s sunlight streaming through the stained glass windows of a parish church, painting the cold stone floor with warmth.


That’s why I chose ‘Dappled’ as my Ragtag word prompt on this July day.

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

18 thoughts on “Ragtag Tuesday: Dappled”

  1. Margaret, this is one of my most loved words of the English language. I saw it first on a photo of a Scottish friend whom I met (via Flickr) when we both lived nearby each other in lovely Switzerland. I use it whenever I can (get away with it!)…. 🙂

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    1. It is a lovely word, Kiki. And one which doesn’t translate well. I remember walking through dappled woodland with French friends having a long conversation about what the best French translation was. And in this context… they decided …. there wasn’t one.


  2. I had a piece in my head for ‘serried’ and I have another in my head for ‘dappled’. Being in my head isn’t much use though…. 🤔 Love the choices you’ve made so far though, Margaret 🙂

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      1. Glad to know you also like it and even though you didn’t quote it, its presence was felt 🙂 I suppose it borders on the sentimental, but his evident delight in dappled things and his delight in painting word pictures is infectious. He would have enjoyed your photos. Perhaps many a photographer today would have been a poet in the pre-camera era?

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  3. Yes, it’s all of those things, and very poetically put. 🙂 🙂 Love the photo of the pooch, and I shall be walking beside The Strid on 1st August. Our walking group in the Algarve have a UK summer rendezvous there.

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