Kermit may have been on to something when he sang about how it’s not easy being green. Finding green is easy enough.
(Grass on the hill. 2006)
(A green day on the Brandywine. 2007)
Deciding which photos to use and trying to come up with a selection that isn’t all plant life is not. Green’s loveliness brightens up and shows up in almost all of my photos.
(The “green can.” 2007)
Green to me is nature, the earth, and life. It is growth, renewal, springtime, and a color representative of the environment. It’s a color that has been co-opted by environmentally friendly groups and products. Kermit was right about some of that. It’s not always easy being green in a throw-away culture.
Green is abundant, and maybe it is abundance as well as seen in the green of crops, meadows, forests, and orchards.
(In the labyrinth at the Tyler Arboretum. July 2007)
Green is the color of some of my favorite foods including green beans, zucchini, spinach, lettuces, and well, greens of all sorts (collards, swiss chard, etc.).
(Dinner ingredients. 2007)
(Greens in the garden at night. 2007)
It’s also the color of my favorite tea.
Green is everywhere, from the countryside to the ‘burbs to the cities.
(New York City. 2007)
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 2007)
(Shades of green by the Golden Gate Bridge. San Francisco, California. 2006)
(Marietta, Ohio. 2006)
Green is the color of street signs here in the U.S.
(New York City. 2007)
And highway signs.
(On I-80. 2007)
Green is the color of money and the symbol of money in the U.S.
(The Happy Piggy bank. 2007)
Green is an inexperienced person (“greenhorn”) or a person who is great at gardening (said to have a “green thumb”). Green is the color of the Emerald City in Oz. And the Wicked Witch of the West.
Green is described as having both a warming and a cooling effect, denoting balance, harmony, and stability.
(Peace lantern. San Francisco. 2006)
It is said to bring good luck, tranquility, and good health. Green is also the color of jealousy (the green eyed monster).
(Praying mantis in the jewelweed. 2006)
(Sign in West Chester. 2007)
Green is the national color of Ireland and always prominently displayed (in the U.S. at least) on St. Patrick’s Day.
(A leprechaun in Ocean City, Maryland. 2007)
Green has long been associated with fertility and was a popular color for wedding gowns in the 15th century.
(Mummer in his green gown. 2007)
There are plenty of green animals.
(Green frog. 2006)
(Green bird at the National Aviary. 2006 Note: Color not altered. The bird really is this glowing shade of neon green.)
(Parrot. National Aviary. 2006)
And animals living on the green of nature (including humans, of course).
(Point Reyes, CA. 2006)
Green is the color of the heart chakra which harbors the energy of love and the feelings that make us one with our fellow humans. It is said to calm and soothe, to release tension, and bring peace and harmony.
(Somewhere in Marin County, CA. 2006)
(Muir Woods. 2006)
(Drive-by greens. 2007)
To prefer green is to be educated, reputable and civilized. It makes you less likely to pioneer or originate than to do the popular thing, and if reds are extroverts and blues introspective, greens have more balance. You would make the best teachers and, if there were more like you, the dreams of the reformers and philosophers might come true.
~ Faber Birren
All photos by Robin.
I really like the first picture.
It called to mind a pattern of conversation that I’m frequently subjected to. I’m recounting it here hoping that it amuses you. (The conversation is a bit irritating but I didn’t find the picture to be irritating and being reminded of the conversations made me chuckle).
I am colourblind. Sometimes people try to point something out to me by describing where it is in relation to some coloured object. I tell them that I’m colourblind and so their description doesn’t help. This is typically met with complete disbelief. I don’t look like I’m in black and white so how could I possibly be colourblind. Don’t my glasses help with that? Anyway, the disbelievers then check to make sure that I’m colourblind. Typically, I’m asked two questions: what colour is that grass over there? What colour is the (clear) sky? After answering those, I’m informed that I’m not colourblind.
It does amuse me, Bongo, in the way that irritating conversations can be amusing after the fact, especially if you’ve had the good sense to pull one over on the people who would ask the question “Don’t your glasses help with that?”
Thanks for the chuckle.
I love the arboretum shot, among others. There’s a smallish, shallow lake not far from my city that was stirred up by strong winds late last fall. This summer, the composition of that lake is such that it can’t cope with July heat and direct sunlight. A thick (six inches) layer of blue/green algea has formed across the lake. It recently received a health notice from the EPA or WHO that humans and animals should stay away from this water or risk ill health affects. While it’s a beautiful green color, apparently the odor coming off the lake is that of rotten eggs. So green has the ability to make us smile and make us sick as well.
That’s true, UtterChaos. I know I’ve felt “green around the gills” more than a few times throughout my life.
I don’t appreciate the green of our pond when it’s caused by duckweed or algae, but at least it doesn’t put off a bad odor.
The praying mantis picture was my favorite, and muir woods was a close second.
That green bird at the National Aviary is so awesomely green, it almost looks like a neon creature juxtaposed over a somber landscape.
I combined two patterns into one. Kids more often ask about the glasses and I don’t feel that it is appropriate to mislead kids. Adults don’t tend to ask that particular question. If one ever did, I think I’d feel compelled to fill their head with something completely absurd. On second thought, it has happened and that’s what I did. I wish I could remember it but remembering things that make no sense is a bit difficult for me.
I did have a really fun time once with a pair of friends. Two of us were colourblind and the third wasn’t. A discussion of colourblindness came up and we did do some “what colour is this thing?” type of questions. We colourblind folks were able to agree immediately and were often dead wrong. The coloursighted person felt quite disconcerted at not being able to join our consensus reality. All of that conversation was warm hearted and interestingly investigative and I think we all learned something from it.
Fantastic images. Muir Woods is beautiful. The Mummer shots are also great.
I like the motion in Grass on the Hill. I wish there was a bit of horizon or sky to contrast with the green and give it some perspective.
Send me an email, Robin, I’m interested in what you are using for gear. Consider an account on photo.net. These shots would match up against the best there.
this looks so much more peaceful than the war/battleground site at Brandywine
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Green always hits the mark, now if you chuck in a dash of cobalt blue (as in peacocks) of lilac blue as in blue bell woods. Sublime.
The winner for me was Point Reyes
Point Reyes is my favorite, too. 🙂
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