Friday, January 23, 2009


I love colors.

I especially love how colors are made.

(I took all of these pictures but one.)

The brilliant colors of fall are caused by the breakdown of chlorophyll (the green of the leaves), and so the red and the yellow pigments are left for us to enjoy.

(My dad took this picture.)

The color of the peacock is actually not a color pigment at all, but the effects of light on the feathers that bring about those brilliant iridescent colors.

The colors of sunsets, sun dogs, and rainbows are all light: bending and reflecting in the atmosphere and in the water particles in the air.

This color change is caused by someone wiping after-shave on a brand new green towel.

Caught you.


Kemi said...

(I linked to your blog from TAMN's, and I have been lurking for a few weeks. I love it here!)

Of course it had to be the NEW towel. No one ever bleaches color out of the old ones. (Not even if they're hanging up on the towel bar.)

micah e. said...

YIKES! Is there bleach in aftershave? Makes me reconsider shaving at all.

My friends make fun of me because I don't know how to pronounce "color."

Brooke said...

I love the different ways people pronounced colors ... especially the word "orange."

Ruth said...

what's a sun dog? am i really stupid for not knowing?

Trisha said...

you have solved a 6 year old mystery of how our brand new towells were ruined.
thank you token asian friend. i always need it was him.
you are wise beyond your years and glorious beyond description.

CoffeeBuddha said...

Was that "Big Lot's" Aftershave? If not, then we should hope it's not prespiration after drinking one or two of those "energy drinks"

myimaginaryblog said...

Well since Ruth asked way back in January and never got her answer I thought I'd better resort to Google/Wikipedia. In case you ever come back, Ruth: