All the Colors

This week the Lens Artists are looking for monochrome images. This most often means photos shot in black and white, but it can also mean any picture where just one color dominates. I don’t have much in my archives in black and white, but did find some monochrome images in various colors, and decided to post one in each of the four primary colors in human vision. Yes, I know, most color systems focus on three primary colors (red, green, blue), and the color receptors in the human eye also respond predominantly to one of these three hues. However, the visual system then turns this input into three opponent systems: red vs. green, blue vs. yellow, and black vs. white. This means that, at one level in human vision, there are four colors, just like in the song I used to sing with my children:

Red and yellow, green and blue,
All the colors over you.
Red as an apple, green as a tree,
Yellow as the sunshine, blue as the sea.

So here are four images, one representing each of the four colors.

Red: Amazing fall colors from 2018

Closeup of dense, bright red leaves on an autumn treeYellow: Part of a dazzling display of twinkle lights I spotted in a hotel this past spring

Shimmering yellow twinkling lights in a hotel lobbyGreen: A single white blossom stands out against its dark green leaves

A white morning glory flower in a bed of green leavesBlue: A vivid sky, painted with swirling clouds

White clouds swirled against a vivid blue skyPosted in response to Lens-Artists #70: Monochrome, with thanks to Patti for posting this week’s challenge.


ON ANOTHER NOTE: I’ve made a rather momentous decision. I will officially be switching my blog from this free WordPress location to my actual author website. From now until the end of this year I will post all my blog entries (including this one) on both locations. Starting in January 2020, though, I’ll be posting only on the website. If you enjoy my content, please start following me at my site: www.celiareaves.com. I value every one of my followers, and I hope to see you over there!

They Call it Fall, After All

I’m taking a moment away from family, food, and fun on this day of Thanksgiving to post an image I took just last week. We have some burning bushes in our front yard and love the amazing color they turn each autumn. What fascinated me this time around was watching the color turn gradually from top to bottom. The gorgeous hot red literally fell down from above. I’m glad I found a day dry enough in these wet weeks to snap a picture before it lost all its leaves.

Enjoy the colors, and I hope that, whether you celebrate a holiday today or not, you are able to find gratitude in your life. I always remember a Native American message I heard once: Giving thanks for blessings yet unknown, already on their way. Know that blessings are on their way toward you.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge; Transformation

Wet Leaves

Too wet to rake. But I was intrigued by the carpet of leaves on the lawn under the ash tree, and crouched down to take this closeup of grass and leaves twined together. We often see autumn colors splashed across the hillsides or artfully arranged in harvest centerpieces, but not so often up close like this. Today it’s drier and hubby has gathered all the leaves into bags at the curb, so our lawn presents a much more acceptable suburban appearance. Still, I’m glad I have this image of how nature spread everything out.

Posted in response to the WordPress photo challenge: Scale