A primary shade

Day four of stepping into colour…..

Blue is a primary colour. It is the only cool primary, as yellow and red are considered warm colours. Blue comes in a multitude of shades. Ultramarine, royal, navy, prussian, phthalo, cobalt, cerulean, indigo, turquoise and teal, to name but a few. It’s definitely known as a soothing and calming colour, perhaps because it’s associated with water?

When I look up at the arc of the sky or spend time by an ocean, I always feel more relaxed and able to cope. I think of blue as solid and reliable, without fuss or bother.

Blue doesn’t really exist in nature. Not many flowers are blue. On a bush walk last year, we came across a tiny blue orchid. I was mesmerised by its luminous petals, more precious than any sapphire.

Almost no animals are blue either. There are only a few birds that are blue, like this male fairy wren that is native to Australia.

How does blue appeal to you?

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12 thoughts on “A primary shade

  1. What beautiful pictures! I love shades of blue too! My favorite color is turquoise, but I can’t resist a royal blue or cerulean. There’s this gorgeous blue/purple color here when the hydrangeas are in bloom that stops me in my tracks.

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  2. That blue orchid! Wow. I adore blue and have also wondered why there is so little blue in nature. (The sky doesn’t want anyone to steal its attention?) Bluebirds are my favorite blue of nature — we have a little family that live around my yard and neighborhood and the little blue flash of their wings never fail to cheer me up.

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    1. Thanks for reading! We don’t get bluebirds over here, but I’ve heard them mentioned so many times over the years. Amazing to have a family nearby! There is a scientific explanation about blue in nature, something to do with molecules that I googled but don’t fully understand!

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  3. GORGEOUS color here, and yes, so rare in nature. I have a book called The Blue Hour about this – breathtakingly beautiful, not to mention “the blue hour” around sunset being a real thing and so enchanting that I’ve written it into my poems over and over. Love the inspiration your colorful posts bring.

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