Thursday, July 10, 2008

Shades

azure moss sapphire forest cobalt fern navy kelly cerulean emerald indigo tea cornflower shamrock sea denim pine midnight army periwinkle pine sky hunter steel jade tiffany olive ultramarine celadon baby camouflage turquoise

Have I missed any?

Do you know that some world languages don't make the distinction between blue and green in the same way we English speakers do?

Easy for me to imagine when looking over the photos I took. On that last day in the Adirondacks, we spent the morning hours waiting for the clouds to move off the top of Whiteface Mountain so we could make our way up. Those clouds and the shadows they moved over the forest and lakes rendered it all very beautiful in varying shades of blue and/or green.

12 comments:

KGMom said...

I am resisting the temptation to go to the thesaurus and see if you missed any!
Do you mean TEAL--you have tea. Or maybe, you mean tea.
Oh well.
Thought provoking. It is fascinating to me how words shape our perception of reality. Surely multiple words for two colors is part of that process.

Dr. Know said...

Have you ever seen a Pantone color chart? So many hundreds of shades and thousands of colors they have numbers instead of names. And they're somewhere in NJ. ;-)

Dr. Know said...

Oops, got off topic and forgot to say, Very Pretty Scene. We have tons of kudzu and red clay, but not much in the way of dramatic scenery since they stopped with the strange fruit -- and that wasn't pretty at all.

Jayne said...

I can't even imagine not differentiating blues and greens. Such a myriad of shades and tones that each deserve their own names. Beautiful image Laura.

Lynne said...

I thought those were color names from a box of Crayola Crayons (64 count with the sharpener!).

Beautiful.

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photo. So calm and peaceful.

amarkonmywall said...

I love all these color names and the photo that contains them! I've climbed Whiteface Mountain- just a couple years ago. It's a nice climb with a great view.

I like the sounds of your sauce too- soon you can switch to fresh tomatoes. Are you doing Saturday Shopping challenge? I'll be posting that, along with a couple recipes, over the weekend.

La Reine said...

As my daughter, Katherine, and I crossed the Saint Lawrence River by ferry yesterday, we were engaged in exactly the same exercise as you - naming the myriad hues that married earth, sky and sea...It's a wonder, knowing that another soul, somewhere in nj, was doing the same (albiet in a different place).

I never dreamed that in the process of becoming (horrors!)something of a cyber-geek, this artist would find such a poetic connection with another's experience of life.

Yummy.

divakitty said...

I'm ready to be transported into that photo!

Thought you might like this article about a Eurasian eagle owl at the SF Zoo

Dr. Know said...

divakitty,
Thanks for the owl link. Wildlife smugglers are typically vile creatures who care about the money, not the animals. It is a cruel, inhumane endeavour. One story comes to mind about a fellow who stuffed Parrots into paper towel rolls, taped them up, and put them into the car's door panel to smuggle them across the US border. There are many methods used, and the mortality rate is very high. Many of the exotic pets imported this way are left to suffer or die miserable deaths at the hands of wealthy, fickle owners who soon lose interest.

LauraHinNJ said...

KGMom: I'd meant tea, but yes, left off teal from my list.

Dr. Know: Yeah, but colors described by numbers aren't quite the same.

Oh! Aren't there mountains in Ga.?

Jayne: Yeah... seems pretty strange to me, too.

Lynne: Yeah.. some are.

;-)

NCMountainWoman: Yes! I don't often get to see mountains.

Vicki: Hi and yes!

Did you climb along rocks or take the elevator to the summit?

;-)

La reine: I think sometimes there's too much beauty to more than just gawk at, speechless almost.

Yummy, indeed.

DivaKitty: Nice, no? Thanks for the link.

LauraHinNJ said...

Dr. Know: I think I've seen one of those owls, during a travelling bird of prey show, probably a rescued victim of smuggling.

;-(