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I like walking on the beach. It’s good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
My day started on a colorful note. I awakened early – stars were still visible in the dark sky, but there was enough light to see the whites of the waves. The eastern horizon contains a narrow streak of light. Oranges soon appeared along with light blues, grays, and even reds to accent the black. The light show continued with gradual changes, and then the sun eventually sneaked over the horizon to start a new day.
Wonderful colors started my day. As I now walk, I notice the water is pristine and the natural emerald green of the area. I think of crystal clear blue seen in parts of the Caribbean Sea, or that special Ligurian blue of Italy’s Ligurian Sea – but this is the Emerald Coast.
The sunny sky is blue with a sprinkling of white clouds across the sky. Although the sand is whitish, most of the buildings are modern and muted in color – shades of white and beige with an occasional colored roof. There’s also a beautiful blue scattered on the beach by the water. The deep-hued blue with a pink crown of the Portuguese Man-of-War stands out saying, “Don’t step on me or else!” But the natural colors are what I ponder the most.
The wide-ranging colors of shells always capture my attention. With different shades of brown and gray – and with brown combining with red to provide orange – but red is not absent. Some grays have so little white that they are black, yet a few have so little black they are white. Colors often combine in different arrangements in bands, streaks, or blotches.
I return to the emerald water that transports me to the spring and summer seasons of home. All the greens. So many shades of green in nature resembling the shades of green found in a paint display – and probably more. The plant’s green comes from chlorophyll that captures the light necessary to produce their food.
Plants have different amounts of the two types of chlorophyll, which can also be found in different concentrations. Different habitats, leaves of different ages, and different amounts of minerals contribute to different shades of green in nature. It seems the biology teacher is still in me.
People bring bright colors to the beach – a rainbow of visual treats. T-shirts, sportswear, swimwear, umbrellas, chairs, and more provided spots of brightness. The beach flags today are also yellow (Medium hazard, cautious swimming) and purple (Marine pests – the stinging ones).
Humanity often uses colors to describe moods, feelings, and aspects of personalities – the red of love, passion, excitement, and anger – the blue of loyalty, strength, securing, peace, sadness, and cold – the green of luck, harmony, relaxation, and envy – the yellow of creativity, happiness, warmth, fun, and cowardness – the purple of ambition, royalty, and spirituality – and other colors too.
In life, coloring inside or outside the lines depends on the situation. Passing with flying colors requires a standard. Examining a horse of a different color is outside the box, but not everyone dreams in color.
We have the blues when red tape hinders a golden opportunity, so we tell a white lie involving the gray area. But sometimes we are both beet red and tickled pink at a joke the family’s black sheep tells out of the blue.
I’ve noted an array of colors on my day – my color palate for attempting to paint a picture with words – but who knows how many colors I’ve missed. Noticing colors is a good thing, especially when at the beach because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
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- Color me hot (poem)
- Living color (photo gallery)
- Color/Colour (photos by a visitor here)
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