Sunday, April 15, 2007

Filtering red

A red day today, still windy even after the rain and gray was gone. People flying kites in the park; one kite, a pair of multicolored cubes that rolled with the wind, like dice.

Intrigued by the sunlight through the red petals, and they actually were that vibrant; no PS or camera tricks here. On my knees, propping elbows on a large rock, to get just the right angle of light. I imagine how someone long ago noticed how sunlight shone through leaves, flower petals and wondered if glass could be colored like those leaves. Long after the leaves and petals had dropped to earth, the colored glass would remain, filtering magically tinted light across a room.

Colored light reminds me of kaleidoscopes with colored glass inside, making fantastic patterns. [Kaleidoscope = Greek words, kalos or beautiful, eidos or form, and scopos or watcher; the beautiful form watcher.] Also gazed through the red cellophane wrapped around the stems of bananas as a child. Red filter filtering out everyday blandness.

So it’s fitting I captured red today in tulips and a hummingbird feeder. Red on Sunday, ready for Monday…

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When in doubt, wear red.
~ Bill Blass

Red sky at night, sailors’ delight
Red sky in morning, sailors’ warning
~ Proverb

He liked to observe emotions; they were like red lanterns strung along the dark unknown of another's personality, marking vulnerable points.
~ Ayn Rand

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