What must the world have thought when Isaac Newton revealed that colour doesn’t really exist – except as wavelengths and frequencies, that it is measured in units of cycles or waves per second? What did he mean when he said colour is really light reflected off objects we see?
Let me show you the miracle of reflected light and colour.
There is an unknown passenger growing in the Manel bowl on my balcony. Its fleshy Forget-Me-Not sized flowers bloom for a couple of hours before shrivelling up in the tropical heat. This shot was taken at 8.14 am, long before the sun had moved around to shine in its direction. Pretty, isn’t it?
Look at the change in colour at 11.47 am. By now the sun had drifted over the outer edge of the balcony and was shining directly onto the flowers. Do click on the image, so you can see the light actually reflecting off the petals. Spectacular, no?
Colours have always dazzled my eyes. The story goes that my first word was pretty, gravely uttered to a stalk of lavender I had plucked with stubby fingers on that morning’s progress around the garden. I don’t know whether I was referring to the flower, its’ heady, astringent scent, or that subtle silvery mauve. Ma maintained it was the flower, and certainly flowers have been at the centre of my life, except when I’ve been moving around on public transport, a backpack or suitcase in tow. Two or three days in one spot, you’re sure to see a flower in a tooth-mug or a bottle of some type.
If flowers were in black and white, would they hold the same appeal? While Renoir might have spent 40 years discovering that the “queen of all colours was black”, and Vita Sackville-West perfected the art of the white garden, for me a garden is a Monet, or the colours of tropical abundance and drama – painted with the pallet of Rousseau or Gauguin.
This is what I mean. Here’s the colour in my little garden this week, Can you see how the light brings the colour to life?
Late, as usual, but many thanks to SidevieW for proposing ‘a post of any type’ for her weekend challenge on the theme of Colours. I’m going straight over there now to see what everyone else has posted – I suggest you do the same!