Day 228~366

The meaning of colours 5~Blue

Blue has more complex and contradictory meanings than any other color. These can be easily explained by pinpointing by the specific shade of blue.
Bright blue: cleanliness, strength, dependability, coolness
(The origin of these meanings arise from the qualities of the ocean and inland waters, most of which are more tangible.)

Light (sky) blue: peace, serenity, ethereal, spiritual, infinity
(The origin of these meanings is the intangible aspects of the sky.)

Most blues convey a sense of trust, loyalty, cleanliness, and understanding. On the other hand, blue evolved as symbol of depression in American culture. “Singing the blues” and feeling blue” are good examples of the complexity of color symbolism and how it has been evolved in different cultures.

Blue’s global similarities are significant:

Blue is the #1 favorite color of all people.

53% of the flags in the world contain blue.

Blue is the most commonly used color in corporate identity.

A dark blue suit is professional business attire.

Blue jeans are worn all over the world.

Aristocracy is blue-blooded in all European languages.

Unique Meanings of Blue in Different Cultures

Greeks believe that blue wards off “the evil eye.

The English “to feel blue” has no equivalent in other languages while in German “blau sein” (literally: to be blue) means to be drunk or in Russian “голубой” (literally: light blue) means to be homosexual.

Dark blue is the color of mourning in Korea.

The god Krishna has blue skin.

Shades of blue are described as shallow or deep instead of light or dark in China.

Blue is for a baby girl; pink for a baby boy in Belgium.

“Prince Charming” is called “The Blue Prince” in Italy and Spain.

(info from Colour Matters)

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and because she was there…

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Day 220~366

We had a visit from Shelley and the kids this afternoon so I took a few pictures of Liddy, just love the punk hair 🙂

 

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also the theme was ‘sport’ in the Sunday challenge group, so I did one of my old 10~pin bowling trophies from days of yore.

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and finally, the colour shot today..

Analogous colors are any three colors which are side by side on a 12 part color wheel, such as yellow, yellow-orange,orange. Usually one of the three colors predominates.

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Day 205~366 & The adventures of Skye

With the advent of warmer weather, Skye has taken to going further afield in the neighbourhood.  As she has been an indoor cat for 6 years until we got her, we are now behaving like over-protective parents.  Unlike other cats who seem to keep a low profile and keep away from people when they are on the prowl, Skye has taken to wandering down the communal path that runs along the bottom of our garden, and stops to meow at everyone she comes across and makes friends. She’ll do it 3 or 4 times an evening, and Phil is out there after a while seeing where she’s got to. He’s made a hole in the fence that runs alongside the path as she won’t jump over it, 🙄 although she’s perfectly capable, so she can come through that way, and we’ve asked our neighbour if we can cut one in the fence between our houses as that seems to be the end of her journey, and she stops there and shouts til one of us notices and goes to get her.  We are not worried that anyone will steal her so much, more that dog walkers or nasty boys might give her a kick or a dog will frighten her.  I wanted my tea in peace this evening so kept her in and shut the catflap, but she got cross and started punching it so I had to let her out again. People think we’re mad of course, but she isn’t street-cat-smart yet. I suppose she’ll learn and we’ll get used to it. Fingers now crossed for rain every evening because she doesn’t like to go out then!

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Daytime snoozing
New favourite place
New favourite place

and whilst I was out chasing her, the sun was just going down and letting out it’s last burst of gold, and I caught the shadow of my ivy that climbs the doorway and front of the house.

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day 202,203 & 204~366

Have been feeling a bit under the weather, (daft saying considering), and seem to have picked up a cold from the ether as I haven’t been in contact with anyone, so the last 3 days have been a bit miserable.  In spite of that I managed to cook a Chinese banquet for Phil’s sister & hubby yesterday, and managed a shadow shot each day, though not very inspiring ones.

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hopefully will feel better tomorrow and can get out and about, but for now I just want to curl up and batton down the hatches.

 

Day 199~366

A cloudy if humid day for me today, so am back to making my own shadows. Have employed the Rickenbacker, which hasn’t been played for a few months now while Phil has been building his tanks and playing Dr.Frankenstein with his little men.  The tanks are finished now and soon my evenings will be musically embellished with this and many other bass’s.

Sunshine predicted for tomorrow and Tuesday, so I will hopefully find some shadows out and about.

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Day 197~366

And so this interminable dreary weather continues, and is hampering my month of shadows, 😦 not a day for being outside, and I don’t want to spend another evening waiting for darkness at 11pm to mess around with lighting, it is Friday after all. PARTY!!!!  Well, a glass or 2 of wine and the stereo system anyway.

But I noticed, whilst watching Skye, that even without sunshine & lighting, there are shadows to be found. And Earlier today I spent a happy 1/2 hour photographing the birds that visit my Happy Eater tree, through the front window.

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a tiny ray of sun caught this chap for a fleeting moment

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and Mr.Blackbird

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Skye had one of her poorly turns yesterday, every so often she goes out and eats grass, gets tummy ache, sits hunched up and tense for ages, tries to be sick but just chucks up spit & grass a few times.  Today for most of the day she has slept, but looked comfy, and this evening is stuffing her face with posh food and is back to being her annoying self. 🙂 Relief! Still can’t forget Storm and all that went down with her.

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Skye & Shadows

 

Days 192 & 193

It was so late, gone 11pm when I got yesterdays shot, as it didn’t get dark until then! So didn’t have time to process it or get it posted, so I’m piggy~backing it on to todays post.

But first! It must be all of 2 days since the cat got in the picture, so a couple of Skye being cute.

Phil and I have our ‘play’ rooms upstairs, and he does his modelling in one, and I do my photo processing in the other. But Skye gets bored being on her own and wants to play, so sits at the bottom of the stairs and really shouts up at us until we can no longer ignore her.

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Then when I go to see her she’ll do something cute

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and everything stops until she has a play, Phil throws her special mouse around the house and she chases after it. Then she gets tired, has a kip for an hour, he gets more modelling done, and then it starts all over again 🙂

My long suffering hubby has been my muse for last night and tonight’s shots. The weather is no good for sunny shadows, so streetlight and lamplight have been employed.

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I am so lucky to have a helpful hubby for my photography!

Day 184~366

Blinking weather! Most of the day has been rainy, so I did washing of course, some pinks to brighten things up.

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and Skye has been fed up not going out, so read up on products available for the home, she loved the two-tone toaster 🙂

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and in an all too brief patch of sunshine I managed my shot of a shadow.

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