235: Seeing red

(The red bag.  In the artist’s studio.)

The true color of life is the color of the body, the color of the covered red, the implicit and not explicit red of the living heart and the pulses.  It is the modest color of the unpublished blood.

~ Alice Meynell

The WP Weekly Photo Challenge is:  Red.  I have had fun with red in the past, way back in 2007 when I posted Red in my color series at Bountiful Healing.  I can’t believe it’s been that long, to be honest.  While it doesn’t seem like yesterday, it also doesn’t feel like it was four years ago.  Yikes.

A red door. (Seen during our tour of the building housing studio spaces for artists.)

If you checked out the link to my post on Red at Bountiful Healing, you might have noticed I was not a fan of red.  While I still have some of the same issues with red, I’ve come to appreciate it more since composing that post.  In fact, researching red helped bring me towards a better appreciation of the color.

Flashes of red at the Green Wall (Longwood Gardens)

You can read more about the Green Wall pictured above here.

Hibiscus tea. Processed in Picnik and resized in Photoshop.

Today’s Outdoor Adventures

Rain, rain, rain, more rain, and more rain.  It’s a soggy world out there.  The high temperature today was in the 40s.  40s!  In mid-May.

Fire and water

There were tulip petals scattered all over the patio this morning.  Perhaps the flowers are trying to romance Mother Nature into letting the sun shine.

Fire and water II

It’s impossible to take a walk without getting wet.  I seriously considered wearing M’s hip waders in an effort to keep dry.  My hiking boots are soggy from yesterday’s walk.

Psychedelic tulip petals. Processed in Picnik.

There was a thin layer of fog sitting just above the water of the pond.  A Great Blue Heron was making his way around the edges, looking for breakfast.  Even with the gray clouds and soggy, chilly, weather, it was a beautiful, peaceful morning.

Smoke on the water

Yesterday while M and I were eating dinner, a young red fox came bounding across the back lawn and into some high grasses where it leaped and jumped as if playing.  It reminded me of a cat in some respects.  This morning I read about how the fox uses a hunting technique called “charming.”  When it gets near its prey, it performs various antics (leaping, jumping, rolling around, and chasing itself) to “charm” the prey into getting caught up in its antics.  The fox moves closer and closer, all the while charming and playing, until it captures its prey.  Pretty clever.

Well, that’s your weather and wildlife report from the Bogs for today.  Thanks for visiting.  🙂

31 Comments on “235: Seeing red”

  1. carlaat says:

    Love the fox “charming” story. Read recently (where – can’t remember – National Geographic? – that foxes can be bred to make great pets. Have also seen adorable YouTube videos of foxes clearly playing on back yard trampolines – cool!

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Carlaat. 🙂 And thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      My husband mentioned that about foxes making great pets. I suspect he’s strongly considering the possibility…

  2. Anna says:

    Oh, I love the photos with red! I haven’t thought about doing a color photography series, and I don’t know why. It would be fun to be watchful for things that are red. The last photo, ‘Smoke on the Water” is simply beautiful and would make a great, wistful painting. 🙂

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Anna. 🙂

      Red is one of the easiest colors to do in a color series. Orange, I think, is one of the toughest. Or it was for me when I did the series.

  3. While reading about the fox, all I could think about was Swiper the Fox from “Dora the Explorer”!! 😀 My little guy is always yelling at the TV, “Swiper, NO SWIPING!!” Your “Smoke on the Water” shot is very cool! Can you BELIEVE these crazy temperatures??!! I thought we were done with dressing warm and bundling up!! 😦

    • Robin says:

      lol, Holly! If I didn’t have grandchildren, I’d have no idea who Swiper is, but I’ve watched Dora enough now that I recognize both Swiper and that phrase. lol!

  4. milkayphoto says:

    I can commiserate with you on the rain! Looks like we are in for a week of it along with the chilly temps. I WANT SUMMER! (But, I’d settle for Spring. 😉 ) I feel particularly irked by the rainy weather because the walking boot (aka ‘Frankenboot’) I am forced to wear while my broken foot heals isn’t weatherproof. So, walking around in soggy weather isn’t pleasant. Not too mention the worry about mis-stepping on uneven ground. Let’s just say I’m beginning to long for my morning treks around the garden!

    I’ve always liked red and love it when used in photos. You’ve shot some great examples of red. I particularly like the top shot. The rustic setting and that punch of color work very well together.

    Oh, that sneaky fox! Who knew they could be so clever?

    • Robin says:

      Same here, Tracy. Rain all week. Talk about the doldrums. When do you get out of the Frankenboot? I can see how that would be an annoyance, especially in wet weather.

  5. bearyweather says:

    Love your tulip petals .. very fun pictures.
    I really struggled with red this week … I finally found some red willow branches today and that worked out great. I had some red roses (just in case I could not find red in the woods) … then my camera and I ended up working really hard to get a true red color. I am not sure what the trick is, because I took so many pictures and did not write down my settings (I know better). The challenges have been great learning experiences for me.

    • Robin says:

      Thank you, Bearyweather. 🙂

      I looked for red while out on my walk yesterday and it was difficult to find. This is not the red time of year.

  6. Love the rich colors of the hibiscus tea–it looks so refreshing too. And Smoke on the Water–so peaceful, beautiful.

    I can commiserate with you about the rain–what is going on??? We’ve had dense fog for two days and are in for a week of torrential rains.

  7. jenna says:

    My grocery bag is FAMOUS! Thank you 🙂
    While I’m fond of my grocery bag (after all, it was a gift from my bank), I’m wild about the tulips. I wish they had a longer season, but I suppose then I wouldn’t appreciate them the same way.

  8. patbean says:

    Great “red” photos, all of them, and I loved the smoke on the water, too.

  9. dancingfreak says:

    such diverse pictures 🙂 nice 🙂

  10. I’m also not a huge fan of red–don’t know why. But the psychedelic tulip petals are amazing! Sorry to hear it’s still so wet up in Ohio;it’s still raining here, as well.
    Wishing you sunshine,

  11. I used to hate red when I was a kid, because everything my mom bought me was red (clothes, umbrella, tote bags, you name it!) while my sister got the blue version of it. Now I love red… well… within reason.
    Beautiful tulip petals, and I LOOOVE the pond with the fog just above the water.

  12. Dana says:

    Red (and green) are my favourite colours, which is a bit unfortunate, because I inevitably/unintentionally end up wearing some Christmas-themed combinations all the time…. For me, red signifies passion and commitment– it’s too bold a colour NOT to love! 😉

    • Robin says:

      Bold describes red very well, Dana. Perhaps that was part of my problem with it. I am not as bold as I should be. I might need to hang out with red more often. 😀

  13. TRKN says:

    great photos! 5 *****’s

  14. I love those tulip petals! Tulips and water drops – one of the combinations in the whole wide world! And that psychedelic shot is awesome, Robin! I don’t know what you did in post-processing, but it turned out great.

  15. CMSmith says:

    Good story about the fox. I saw a red fox run through the snow covered woods at the back of our yard this winter. It was stunning.

    They say coyotes do the same thing to try to trick dogs (and maybe cats) and lure them away to play. Then the whole pack sets on the poor gullible little pet and we know how that story ends.

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