Posted by: ktzefr | May 3, 2010

All Things Blue and Beautiful: Beaches, Blooms, and Beyond

“I used to wonder why the sea was blue at a distance…and colorless…in your hands.  A lot of life is like that.  A lot of life is just a matter of learning to like blue.”  ~ Miriam Pollard, The Listening God

My favorite color is blue.  I like all shades, from robin’s egg to royal to indigo, but the various hews of aquamarine/turquoise are perfect.  For me, nothing is prettier than the crystal aqua of the Caribbean Sea, especially in places where the sand is talcum-powder white, allowing the water to soak up the sun’s rays and give back all that blue.

The first box of crayons I was given as a small child had only eight colors: blue, red, yellow, green, purple, orange, black, and brown.  Today the big Crayola boxes hold a hundred shades with names like fuschia, chartreuse, topaz, and slate.  As a first-grader growing up in the hills of Appalachia, I would have been overwhelmed by all those choices.  Not to mention the fact that I wouldn’t have been able to read the names nor understand their various meanings for a long time to come.  Kids nowadays are flooded with choices.  I don’t know if this makes life easier, harder, better, or worse.  That’s just how it is.

One thing, however, has not changed and continues to amaze me.  A talented artist can still slip the black crayon (or the blue or red or green, for that matter) out of the box and create something exquisite to look at.  But the rest of us could play around with the whole box of a hundred until our eyes crossed and we wouldn’t come up with anything of lasting beauty.  That’s just how it is.

Some of my favorite blues…

a glimpse on the trail to White Beach, Guana Island, BVI

water lily, Queen Elizabeth Botanical Park, Cayman Islands

cascade of blue flowers, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas USVI

sea and sky, Sir Francis Drake Channel

US Virgin Islands National Park

colors changing with the sun, Great Bay, St. Thomas USVI

blue on blue...USVI National Park

jacarandas, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

blue iguana, Cayman Islands

more blue flowers, Cayman Islands

double click and count the blues...

Tomorrow…a review of one of my favorite nature books, Ellen Meloy’s The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky.



  1. Beautiful photos! The beach is one of my favorite places.

    Although you build a great argument for blue, my favorite color is red. Watching the sun rise or set over the Gulf is an amazing presentation of the spectrum of red. Strawberries ripe for the picking in a field of green is a truly a beautiful and delicious sight. But my daughters’ lovely rosy lips against their beautiful milky white skin always melts my heart.

    • Strawberries, sun rise, and rosy lips…hard to beat! Isn’t it great to have blue — and red — people in this world? Anyone for green? Purple? Orange?

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