WHITE IN ALL ITS SPLENDID VARIETY
White is an intriguing color. At times, it seems easy to overlook or use as a neutral background against which other colors will stand out. Symbolically, white is often associated with innocence and purity, hence it’s the favorite color for wedding dresses.
When we consider bright white light—like sunshine—science tells us that white is actually all colors combined. Sir Isaac Newton demonstrated that fact in 1666 when he charted how white light—when shown through a prism—refracts into the full color spectrum of the rainbow. White is obviously more complicated and mysterious than first thought.
Still, when I think of the colors of Nature, white is not the first one that comes to mind. I more readily envision a blue, blue sky or the rich greens of trees. Flowers typically come in many colorful varieties as well: purple and yellow and red and all the shades in between. But when I stop to really look, white is out there. More vibrant and alive, given the contrast with the other colors. Sometimes it is strong and massive like snow or fragile and delicate like a wildflower in bloom or a feather floating in mid-air.
When I stop to really look for the power and energy of white out in the real world, I see that it is out there, almost everywhere I look.
CLOUDS & TREES AND THE MOON ON THE RISE
SNOW-CAPPED MOUNTAINS AND COTTON IN THE FIELDS
THE POWER OF WATER SURGING OVER THE FALLS AND THE SOFT BLANKET OF SNOW ON A WINTER AFTERNOON
THE MYSTERY OF FOG AND THE INTENSITY OF WAVES
EGRETS, SWANS, PELICANS, SEAGULLS AND A PEACOCK TOO
BUT IT IS THE FLOWERS IN THEIR MANY SHAPES AND SIZES THAT TRULY SHOW THE BEAUTY, COMPLEXITY AND MAJESTY OF WHITE
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A FEW QUOTES
“All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.” Erma Bombeck
“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air as a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.” Erma Bombeck
“ELOQUENCE, n. The art of orally persuading fools that white is the color that it appears to be. It includes the gift of making any color appear white.” Ambrose Bierce
“Women think of all colors except the absence of color. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their color is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” Coco Chanel
“The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything but be yourself.” Lao Tzu
“Sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and white.” Jonathan Lockwood Huie