Friday, May 30, 2014


What is the color red?  Is it a warning sign?  Or a simple statement that warrants our attention?

Is it a cry for help? Or a temptation that seduces the eye?

Is it desire?

 That can turn into a whirlwind dance making us go dizzy?

Or was the color created to make everything else near it stand out?

Is red meant to linger in our memories like the fading sunset over a canyon?

Or from the sleepy reflections of an ornament on a dark holiday night?

The color red is glorious for so many reasons.

In feather, it is known as vermilion, scarlet, sulphur, crimson, cardinal, or rufous......

.....with design it's maroon or cherry.......

.......and in flower, it can form a rose or a tulip.  Red is an agent to Mother Nature.  Come to me oh bee! Oh butterfly! Oh hummingbird! Sip my nectar. Wrap yourself in my pollen.  Let me be your red jacket! 

It surrounds us with love, wonder, fear and delight.

For no matter how many times we see the color red, our eyes will linger for a moment longer.

Vermilion Flycatcher

*Written after an outing around others at a city park.  The Vermilion Flycatcher inspired this one.  No matter how many times people see a red rose, a red car, or a red bird, they will always stop or look a little longer than normal at this color.

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life." from "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"


  1. HI Chris What a wonderful series on the topic of 'RED'. Excellent shots to go with your words and I really enjoyed it all. Let me know if you crossed the bridge today with me!. Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Its probably all of those things and many more as well!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  3. Chris, beautiful collection of reds...The birds are just gorgeous.And I love the courtyard or patio.. Very nice.. Enjoy your weekend!

  4. Great post Chris with some stunning photos. A wonderful idea and I shall be looking at everything red far more closely today :)

  5. The number 1 color.
    Red is always a plus next to other colors. I like it the most next to black and white. The butterfly you captured in your box is an excellent witness.
    A question of culture too.
    Beautiful pictures Chris.

  6. It certainly does catch and hold our attention, and helps to create a sense of warmth when it's cold.

  7. Absolutely AMAZING photos, Chris! What gorgeous reds from nature and even not so much nature.It's always such a striking color!

    Thanks for the praise on my Redstart. I appreciate your comments so much!

  8. Fabulous reds! You make me want to get out and do a series on colours!

  9. it was a fabulous Black Hawk's home jersey
    until last night ;(

  10. I've really enjoyed the unusual theme of this post, Chris. You never cease to amaze me with your inspired observations, and beautiful illustrations. Thank you.


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