52 – Green *

Special thanks to Marina for providing the photos of her paintings. Marina is in Greece and I encourage readers to visit her blog Marina Kavanaki: Art Toward a Happy Day. Please tell her I sent you and feel free to comment on her images here. Marina’s work is copyrighted by Marina Kavanaki.

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet. It is easy to notice the sea’s color here – the reason why much of the northern gulf coast is known as the Emerald Coast – that shade of green we associate with a gem. Sometimes the water includes a shade of olive-green with a touch of brown.

Green – one of the three primary colors of light found in the visual spectrum – actually between yellow and blue. Do you remember ROY G BIV – the mnemonic for the order of the color spectrum? Think green as the mid-point between faint light appearing and the obscurity of black.

When thinking of green, maybe plants first come to mind. Green plants are associated with chlorophyll – that natural pigment allowing them to convert sunlight into food that the plant later uses as a food supplying energy. Yes – the same reason we use food.

Yes – green plants – as in leafy vegetables, lettuce, greens, kale, spinach, and chards. Yes – green plants – and to think of all the varieties of grasses, flowers, bushes, and trees with varying leaves and stems. 

Yes – green plants – the suppliers of apples, pears, kiwi, melons, avocados, celery, cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, beans, peppers, and more.

Yes – green plants – made of cells whose parts are made of molecules, which are neatly arranged atoms made of protons, neutrons, and electrons. Even the smaller subatomic quarks that are green.

I think of the different shades of green as kelly, forest, lime, emerald, jade, mint, yellow-green, blue-green, chartreuse, and more. Yet, when thinking of the green plants in nature, oh what a color line they create with their seemingly unlimited shades.

Green – that color we associate with traffic lights, easy, unripe, gullible, the young, and the inexperienced – greenhorns to some.

Green stands for the political principle of thinking about the environment, conservation, being eco-centric, and ecological.

Green is the color for moving ahead, proceeding to the next task, for getting the green light or the green flag. 

Green is the color of jealousy – as in green with envy for those having a green thumb as they grow those little green apples.

Green – a natural color for camouflage, but also an area of very short grass containing a hole marked by a flag on a pole to serve as a target for golfers who dream about the coveted green jacket.

Green – often a meeting place for people in the center of town – a park, a commons.

Green – the color of St. Patrick’s Day, but also the color that combines with red for the Christmas holiday season.

Green – the colors of many flags – besides Italy, Mexico, and Ireland – it is also a color for Islam.

Green – a symbolic color for a variety of concepts varying with cultures. From death to fertility to money to hope to corruption to luck to eternal life to regeneration and rebirth.

Green – the color of the freshness of spring and the upcoming hope and new life. 

Let us not forget green eggs and ham; plus little green men from Mars had nothing to do with Kermit the Frog, Green Day, Mr. Greenjeans, House of the Green Gables, The Green Mile, people with the last name of Green or Greene, and anyone desiring to be green.

Thinking about green has been not only interesting but more diverse than I imagined. As for the clear and colorless water that splashes across my feet yet green in the sea, I earlier promised to explain. 

The olive is from the flow of a nearby river entering the sea to the west. I notice the color when the winds are from the west – not the east. The green is from the ever-presence of green algae – an important component of the bottom of the food chain and energy pyramid. Algaes presence serves as the foundation of abundant sea life and the year-round fishing industry. As Jeremiah the green bullfrog says, Joy to the fishes in the deep blue green sea, joy to you and me. 

Today is a good day to walk and think. I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet. 

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133 thoughts on “52 – Green *”

  1. Thanks so much for including me in your links, Frank. And isn’t it strange how green works so much better in the natural world than in the man-made – I think so anyway. My son nearly went to a school where the uniform was green – I was so relieved when he didn’t, almost purely on that account! And green is no colour for a bus. Gotta be red, really. But in nature – what could be better? An interesting post as usual.

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    1. Margaret,
      First of all, I’m wondering if I’ve ever seen a green bus! πŸ™‚ Green works unbelievably well in nature. As I’ve said before, I would love to see a color line of green in nature. So many shades! Glad to include your post. As you know, your post was recent – actually after I had prepared this post. But wh ….en I saw yours, I know I had to include it! Well done! Oh – and thanks for the chuckles this morning.

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  2. Morning, Frank! What a beautiful voice the lady has. Reminded me of Ireland, somehow- a country I associate totally with that colour. I’m familiar with Marina’s beautiful work. Intrigued by that second last shot- looks like melting wax? Thanks a lot for my inclusion among such grand company. The flowers on my patio are beaming at me from amongst their greenery right now, and the watering can will be in use later. Enjoyed your summary of Green. Have a good ‘rest of the week’. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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    1. Jo,
      Good morning! Because Marina’s paintings remind you of Ireland, Top of the morning, to ya. Glad you enjoy Marina’s work. In terms of the second to the last one, I sense she will drop by and say something to you. Seems like the green of spring has fallen upon you – and that’s a good thing! Cheers to your days ahead.

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    2. Hi, Jo and thank you for your kind words on my work. It was a joy being part of Frank’s thoughts! You are right, it is melting wax. It’s actually a detail from one of my art candles. Beautiful voice indeed and song! Happy greens and Spring to you! πŸ™‚

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  3. How beautiful, my dear Frank, all your green thoughts and the song! A joy and an honor being among those, my dear friend! Green is one of my [if not the] favorite colors. I love its ‘joie de vivre’, No wonder it also represents rebirth and spring. Yamas to rebirth and joy! Clink!

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    1. Marina,
      Thank you for allowing me to use your images here. With green offering so many shades in nature, I’m not surprised it is your favorite. Given the spring season is unfolding before the eyes of many, no wonder green is a sign of the joys of life. No wonder I scheduled Spring and Green back-to-back. πŸ™‚ Yamas!

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  4. I use green a lot when I paint. I love to mix it from different blues and yellows to get the different hues. When I think of green I think of water first. And then I think of life. Without green there would be no life.

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    1. Pam,
      I learned something … thank you … I didn’t know you paint! πŸ™‚ Green has so many different hues in nature, so I’m not surprised that you do the same. Interesting that you associate water with green (while others do blue) – but I see your reason! Besides, the water at my winter beach is green. πŸ™‚ No question, green is the color of life!

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  5. I also love green…….a soothing, cool color. I think of woods, Spring, the smell of fresh mown lawns, but I’ve never seen green water other than some inland springs. There are so many shades of green and when I painted I enjoyed “inventing” new shades of green with experiments in oils and watercolor. I love the artwork – it’s beautifully and boldly drawn – a style I admire! Great post as always Frank. Oh – forgot to mention – it’s a lovely color for spaghetti too (haha).


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    1. Pam,
      Ah ha … your another one who likes to play with paint to create different shades of green! … and the smell of a freshly mowed lawn is wonderful. How did I forget that!!!! … and yes … I had my green spaghetti yesterday! Glad you enjoyed Marina’s art and style. She’s a delightfully kind and talented lady … a treasure!

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  6. Good morning, Frank! I recently had a dream with the bluest river bounded by lush grass green. Green is so important, and with spring coming, it’s a joy to see more green popping up. Marina’s artwork is beautiful.
    I expected to hear Kermit sing, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” πŸ˜€

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  7. Well Frank, I wouldn’t really have thought there would be that much to say about green!! Very clever post and I especially liked Marina’s work here. A wonderful blend of thoughts and art. Well done to both of you!

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      1. She’s a wonderful, multi-talented, brilliant artist. She is an intellectual and well reasoned. I have the utmost respect for Marina.

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    1. Oh, my…. where was I when this took place?!!!! ….and guess where I’ll be for the next century or something: hiding from too much blushing! I am humbled and so grateful for both your friendships. Tim, likewise my dear friend and Frank, we go way back, so you know already! πŸ˜‰ Thank you both… you caught me off guard, overwhelming me! πŸ˜‰ Yamas!

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  8. Thanks for sharing thoughts and wonderful artwork (kudos to Marina) around the color that remains in very short supply around here. We no longer have a black and white landscape, but brown still rules the day. I look forward to green, so the artwork was greatly appreciated.

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    1. John,
      I remember those two trying to track down the elusive green. But they will learn that it will be here in time. And once the color in Zoysia starts to appear, boom! Olives in Texas? Let me guess … the biggest olives on the planet. The oil from one olive can fill a bottle.

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  9. Gorgeous images of Marina’s paintings, Frank! I love the color green, it’s my favorite, and being a redhead, I can wear any shade of green. Green is all the things you described. Definitely link this post to Sunday Stills this weekend, not that you need it but there will be more visitors to your blog, perhaps!

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    1. Terri,
      Redheads and green – now that you mention that, I can see your point! But until now, I never made that connection … so thank you! As long as I remember, I will stop by on Sunday to link this post and the previous one about Spring. I look forward to your post on Sunday. πŸ™‚

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  10. So many shades of green to choose from. I do love it (except certain shades of olive green πŸ˜‰ ) and this collaboration with Marina is spectacular! Her artwork perfectly compliments your words.
    The song was also very lovely.

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  11. Green or Aquamarine those are super cool colors on the beach, clear waters may be better. But yeah I’m digging that. I think Kermit and his It’s Not Easy Being Green song always comes to mind. That image always pops in my head but the images you had here … dude they were a really great addition!

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    1. Guat, I agree with you on those colors on the beach and you can have green, aquamarine and clear at the same time: paradise ;-)!!! I’m so happy you enjoyed the images and it was a joy to me accompanying Frank’s beautiful thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  12. Marina’s paintings are lovely! Loving the third one as I wait for flowers to start blooming here. It seems like there are more shades of green than there are of other colors, but that might just be a subjective perception of mine. I love the “new” shade of light green that bursts out in the spring…

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    1. Barbara,
      I’m happy that you enjoyed Marina’s paintings. Thanks for pointing out your favorite. I too like that style. I tell Marina that I love the Marina Swoosh. I wonder if green seems to have more shades than other colors is because of its presence in nature. Just a thought.

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  13. Wonderful words here Frank.. Green….. what a perfect colour to land on here today on my returning here to WP.. Green… Renewal.. Replenishing… Revival…. GROWTH….
    Perfect… looking forward to being back here more often.. ❀ πŸ™ Good to see you busy busy ❀

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    1. Sue!!!!
      Hooray … glad to see you back in Land of WP. I hope you are well. You have isolated that only wonderful words associated with green, but also with the previous walk featuring Spring! πŸ™‚ You would like it. So tell me, when do you hope to return to posting? (I haven’t checked my reader for about 12 hours).

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      1. A post should be up today Frank…. Its was completed and edited yesterday.. But I wanted to repay a visit to all of my good friends first.. Before I got more comments to cope with… Thank YOU so much.. I felt that welcome Back in my heart.. πŸ™‚

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  14. Love that you used Marina’s paintings, they are fantastic.

    As for green, it makes me think St. Patrick’s Day if we’re in March of course. It also brings to mind the O’Jays and the New York Jets, on the other side of the equation. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Marc,
      Cheers to your joy for Marina’s painting. You mentioned St. Patrick’s Day – well, I admit that posting this on the 18th is not a coincidence! Mentioning sports reminds me that green is not a commonly used color for teams – therefore when it is used, it stands out!

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      1. I loved the paintings, and nice way to go about this post FYI.

        This brought to mind my old Irish Posts, which I used to do when I had Drinks. That was always a laugh.

        The Jets ARE memorable, even if it’s for all the wrong reasons.

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    1. Resa,
      Thank you for letting me borrow one of your models for this post – especially because I know how busy you keep them. Love Green Tamborine – thank you – and I remember it being a hit! Glad you enjoyed this walk and that I continue to surprise you. πŸ™‚

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  15. Marina’s artwork is always joyful. She is so talented! I love the color green, and you managed to really highlight a broad compendium of green examples, Frank. That’s some list! I hope you have seen, or can take the opportunity to see the documentary (currently on Netflix) “My Octopus Teacher.” You’ve surely heard of it, and with your love of the ocean combined with science, I heartily recommend. I was so moved by it!

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  16. Lovely post, Frank. Marina’s green images are lovely. My grammar school uniform was bottle green right down to the knickers and socks. Hence, I’ve never worn green clothes since. Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favourite movies ever. Thanks for making me think green, Frank. Nature really does green to perfection. πŸ˜ƒ

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    1. Oops, my apologies, Frank… My reply to Sylvia didn’t go under her comment… Copying it below: If you wish to edit, by all means do! πŸ˜‰
      Hi Sylvia, so happy you enjoyed this little contribution to Frank’s amazing green post! Coincidentally that was also my school uniform color too with a tan shirt [all else, like you same green!] I absolutely hated it! xoxo

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  17. Hi Sylvia, so happy you enjoyed this little contribution to Frank’s amazing green post! Coincidentally that was also my school uniform color too with a tan shirt [all else, like you same green!] I absolutely hated it! xoxo


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