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A Splash of Color October 15, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Blogging, Poetry, Word Play.

Life lived in black and white
Would be dreary gray indeed

Colors liven up our sight
A splash is what we need

Color is the spice of life
Adding punch to any scene

A visual smorgasbord
Red, yellow, blue and green

Aah . . . that’s better!

Quote to Ponder:  The real miracle is not to walk on water, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child, our own two eyes. All is a miracle. ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

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1. Hudson Howl - October 15, 2012

There is colour in black white, were just trained to see it or we refuse to except the possibility.

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Thanks, HH. You might be interested in this discussion:


nrhatch - October 15, 2012
Hudson Howl - October 15, 2012

Oh I know the technical shtufffs -in hue (colour light) white is the combination of all colours in the spectrum and black is the absent light, in pigment is the opposite is true -combine all colour pigments an you get black take away all pigment and you left with white….push come to shove it is all about the language of expression and illusion, little to do with the reality. I was taught colour theory by painters whom pretty much convinced me that in nature there is not true black as it is closer to a kind of blue black,

Would I miss colour if magically it were snatched away? -of course, but then again how acute would my ability to perceive and differentiate tonal difference evolve. This all sounds like am being argumentative, am not, I trust colour about as much as trust words, not much at times, other times lots.

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Now I feel I’ve come full circle back to Sidey’s Weekend Theme ~ The Illusion of Reality. 😉

Cold hearted orb who rules the night
Removes the color from our sight
Red is gray and yellow is white

But we decide which is right
And which is an illusion

~ The Moody Blues

Hudson Howl - October 15, 2012

Blame it on it SidevieW, but I blame garden gnomes for everything; more convent and they don’t argue back.

I remember as a child seeing Ansil Adams photographs -all black and white, but I could have sworn I felt the colour.

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

I know what you mean about Ansel Adams ~ his “shades of gray” photography is quite “colorful.”

Garden Gnomes are not the only scapegoats. When socks go missing . . . blame the underwear gnomes. When your computer acts up . . . gremlins.

2. suzicate - October 15, 2012

Those black and white shots are gorgeous, but color really does bring us to life!

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Yes! And yes!

We saw an exhibit of Clyde Butcher’s black and white photos of Florida landscapes at the South Florida Museum recently. The stark contrast between black and white brings out the textures . . . but bright vivid colors bring the world to life. 😀

3. char - October 15, 2012

Yes, I love color. Your quote was great too at the end. The miracle of walking on earth. Thanks!

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Thanks, Char. Here’s to finding JOY in the moment. 😀

4. judithhb - October 15, 2012

I love the quote Nancy – so very true. The miracle is to walk on earth!

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Hi Judith! I’ve been focused on everyday miracles this week . . . they abound and astound, all around. 😀

judithhb - October 15, 2012

Great attitude Nancy. Enjoy!

5. kateshrewsday - October 15, 2012

Black and white has its place: but not in your beautiful azure seas and skies, Nancy 🙂

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

I had to restrain myself, Kate . . . and limit this post to just one shot of color. 😀

6. sufilight - October 15, 2012

A visual treat even the black and white photos, but of course the last one came alive with colors and become an even better delight.

Thich Nhat Hanh turned 86 on Oct. 11. I was very surprised as he doesn’t look like he is in his 80’s. 🙂

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

He and the Dalai Lama must be close to the same age . . . but both look younger than their years.

Cultivating inner peace is the fountain of youth. 😀

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

I just checked . . . Thich Nhat Hahn is older than the 14th Dalai Lama by 9 years. Kindness and compassion keep them both looking serene and happy.

sufilight - October 15, 2012

Amazing how a person’s inner state can influence how they age.

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Stress ages us at warp speed . . . just look what happens to people who are always “under the gun.”

I’m glad to be living in the slow lane. 😀

7. Suzanne - October 15, 2012

Great images

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Thanks, Suzanne.

8. Andra Watkins - October 15, 2012

I do love the grey ones, though, Nancy.

nrhatch - October 15, 2012

Thanks, Andra . . . I like the futuristic feel of metallic gray too.

9. Pocket Perspectives - October 15, 2012

Enjoying everyday miracles, from the slow lane…. 😀 (but I do like the dramatic look of the metallic grays… in the photos, not on me! 😀 )

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

Gotcha! I agree. I did choose photos that looked intriguing in black and white. Even when life is gray, interesting tastes and textures abound. 😀

10. nancy curteman - October 16, 2012

I know life lived in only black and white would be dreary indeed, but that first photo is really striking.

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

Thanks, NC! It draws me in too . . . metallic reflection.

11. jannatwrites - October 16, 2012

I like black and white photos; there is much to capture my interest in your first photos. But colors – especially bright, happy ones, make me smile 😆

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

That’s exactly it, Janna. I tend to “study” b&w photos that capture my interest . . . looking for clues amidst the nuances and textures. But bright cheery colorful photos just make me SMILE! 😀

12. sweetdaysundertheoaks - October 16, 2012

I will take the color version! And I love the quote. Coquina!! I’ve been there.. 🙂

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

Thanks for your pic pick, Pix! Coquina Beach is at the southern tip of Anna Maris Island . . . the area has been updated with new walkways, tables, snackbar, pavillions, playgrounds, etc. It’s lovely!

13. bluebee - October 16, 2012

Great response, Nancy, although I do love that first photo just as it is – stunning

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

Thanks, BB. I agree. As much as color appeals . . . black, white, and shades of gray can grab our attention.

14. spilledinkguy - October 16, 2012

Very cool, Nancy! These look almost negative meets solarization-ish to me (or your first three images do, anyway)! 🙂
I’m pretty sure my aura is gray. 😉

nrhatch - October 16, 2012

I’m not so sure about that, SIG ~ I expect your aura is ORANGE:

Orange ~ Creative, inspiring, compassionate, powerful

15. Barb - October 17, 2012

When I watch old black and white movies, it feels like some of the noise of color has been removed and the acting, and words are stronger. Interesting post.

nrhatch - October 17, 2012

Thanks, Barb. I’ve seen excellent B&W films ~ with clarity of vision and sound. And also horrid ones ~ where the words are so garbled I had to wonder whether the actors’ mouths were filled with marbles. 😉

I do think that directors relied less on gimmicks, distractions, and chase scenes to carry movies . . . instead they required solid acting ability (and sex appeal) from the stars of the show.

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