Green Leaves, Blue Sky

Lying on my back on a grassy slope, and looking up and behind, I spied these fresh green leaves against a perfect cloudless blue sky. Boxing Day morning was one to remember, a perfect summer morning. Photos taken at Black Gully Domain, Tapanui, West Otago, New Zealand.

The next photo is a small crop from a much larger photo. I like seeing the strings of nuts suspended from these trees, they look like decorations!

If you have access to Washington Post articles, they’ve done an interesting one on Colours, mostly discussing the colour Blue. About supply-chain issues and paint supplies. It’s an interesting read.

Here’s a quote from near the end of the article:

“Losing access to a pigment is like losing a means of seeing.”
~ Joan Cummins, curator of Asian art at the Brooklyn Museum

Text and photos by Liz; Exploring Colour (2021)

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    1. It’s so funny! I’ve just done a quick search and found a brief article that states that there’s more to the saying and that “blue and green should never be seen unless thereโ€™s a color between”. NZ has lots of bush and sea so I’m used to seeing these colours together all the time although sometimes with the addition of a beautiful white/golden sand beach to provide the “color between” ๐Ÿ˜€ The article link is

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      1. “Blue and green should only be seen on an Irish queen.” ๐Ÿ™‚ Considering some of the ridiculous designs that cross my digital path as seen on fashion show runways I don’t really care what “design experts” might advise. As they say, there is no accounting for taste. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Lovely photos, Liz. It is interesting to see you mention the article in the Washington Post. I have that newspaper delivered to my house on Sundays and I was really struck by the article about the shortages in pigments caused primarily by supply chain disruptions. Last night I brought over my copy of the newspaper to my friend Cindy, who is a painter as well as a photographer and graphic designer, when I dropped in to visit her.

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    1. Yes, very interesting article Mike. At the same time I accessed the article (via a twitter link) the WP popped up an offer to subscribe online for a year for $9.99 USD so I accepted, something I rarely do!


      1. That’s a great deal, Liz. For years and years I used to get the Washington Post delivered to my house daily until it got too expensive. Now I have a subscription where I get access to the on-line version daily and get the Sunday paper delivered each week. I love curling up on the couch and reading a physical copy of a newspaper. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. I once posted a story about some of my grandmother’s good advice. For whatever reason, I’d come to believe that green and blue didn’t go together, and I hated a green and blue plaid dress my mother was making for me. To make a long story short, Grandma took me outside and pointed out the green trees against the blue sky. Then, she asked me if I thought they went well together. That took care of that!

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    1. One of the greatest joys for me in blogging is the responses I get back! Thanks so much for this wisdom and for the wonderfully endearing story ๐Ÿ™‚


    2. LOL, being told that ‘Blue and green should never be seen’, is one of my earliest memories of primary school. We’d made little ‘pictures’ by pressing plants into wet plaster. Mine looked like a tree, so I painted the tree and grass area green and the sky blue. (In bright primary colours. Teacher wasn’t impressed though. But I love to see green leaves against a blue sky – very uplifting!

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        1. It’s a saying that was around when I was a kid, apparently because they were reckoned to clash with each other. I was happy to ignore it then and I think most would today. ๐Ÿ™‚

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          1. Yes, I’d ignore it for sure. I don’t remember that saying, I can’t imagine NZers saying such a thing when we have so much blue and green together in nature here ๐Ÿ˜€

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