All that glitters is gold (to me)

Gold must be the flavour or favour of the month. The topic for both this week’s Sunday Stills and for Life in Colour –  September is gold. I thought I would combine the two to see where it goes. 

Gold in the sky, 
Gold in the sand, 
Gold in the architecture 
Gold in the sea!
All that glitters is gold to me!

Way back in the days when we could -and did – travel internationally, I visited historic buildings and saw golden statues glittering within the cloisters and altars  of churches, and the museums displaying the gilded treasures of history.


It starts with golden entrances, and continues through churches and museums that glitter with gold.  

Windows and water features reflecting the precious glitter of gold.

Whilst I enjoy the glittering history, my favourite golden hues are still found in nature.

Life in Colour – RED as a messenger

“This month’s colour is red. One of the primary colours, red often indicates danger. It is pure energy, loud, demanding to be seen. Think of a red ladybird, a red rose, autumn leaves and a sunset. Passion. A heart.”

This made me think about how often red is used for sending important messages.


Red messages:

Red taillights warn that the car ahead is braking for some random reason.

Messages written in red remind us of the shameful past, but also offer some hope.

“The Heart has Eyes which the Brain knows nothing of” – Charles H Peckhurst

Reds in nature:

Fruity reds tempt the tastebuds – be warned though regular consumption can be addictive. 

Berry Red

Red in the landscape –  old red barns are a classic  but it doesn’t get old.

Rosebuds may open as pink, mature into a bright rich red, and yet then fade – a message of the cycle of life maybe?

Gardens both large and small grow vivid reds to brighten our days. We need to guard these precious displays.

"Red sky at night, sailors delight. 
Red sky in morning, sailors warning”

Sunlight rays passing through the atmosphere gift us amazing sunsets and weather warnings.

Red skies

But the question still remains – why are toolboxes predominantly red? 

Are tools that dangerous?

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Life in Colour – Environmental Blues for July

Blues in the environment are one of my favourite subjects for photography.

Jude reminds us when looking for blues this month that: 

“Blue. A primary colour that we look upon almost every day. But don’t forget about the different hues which include indigo and ultramarine, cyan and the other blue-greens such as turquoise, teal, and aquamarine.

I did some blue sky thinking…and looking through my archives.

Blue Skies thinking: 

The blue sky found its way onto the bonnet of my blue car.

A rainbow brightens up the blue sky.

And the clouds blew over to hide the blue skies.

Blues beyond the clouds

Oceans and canals: A few different hues of blues

Then there are the glacial blues in the mountain lakes.

Lakes:The reflected skies in the lakes always transfix me with the beautiful blues.

Perhaps I will capture some different blues before the end of July.

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Winter Whites, Life in Colour June

As  I sit here on a wet winter Saturday, the view out the window is almost a white-out as the clouds are sitting low against  a very grey sea.  The ducks are ducking their heads under to snatch some duckweed.. Their movement is noticeable only in the ripples they create in the otherwise calm waters.

Tiny waves are gently lapping the beach forming tidal patterns at the water’s edge.  Currents show as a deeper silver on the still waters. The tidal flow is creeping quietly up the gravel beach, surrounding the huge driftwood log that has been stranded since being cast ashore in the last storm. It now serves a a roosting perch for cormorants as they dry their wings and digest the fish they dived under the waves to catch.

It must be time to post some silver and white images for Life in Colour – June.

I will start with some  seascapes and seagulls in silver. 

There are mountains of mountain images in my April/May archives – here are but a few with that white stuff called snow and a scattering of clouds.

And there were the frosty foggy finds… 

And I still love to capture splashes of white

I may yet find more silver or white before the end of June.

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Life in colour. April – It’s all about Pink

This month’s colour is Pink

Defined as “A delicate colour that means sweet, nice, playful, cute, romantic, charming, feminine, and tenderness, is associated with bubble gum, flowers, babies, little girls, cotton candy, and sweetness.” 

 My take is a little different….

“Pink isn’t just a color it’s an Attitude too!” ― Miley Cyrus

Grayson Perrys – Pink Harley

Turner prize winning artist Grayson Perry is known for his bizarre crossdressing as his alter ego ‘Claire’ and his even more bizarre, but highly acclaimed art! Not many people know about his kickass motorbike journey where he toured halfway across Europe on a pink madly decorated motorbike carrying his teddybear and childhood hero, Alan Measles, in a glass shrine on the back. A glass shrine? Yes Perry had seen the popemobile and knew his teddybear deserved nothing less than the pope…..  

Fashion or food – or is that fashionable food?

Just a selection of pink foods and drinks devoured during my travels. 


I had never seen pink beer so any excuse to drink or eat a bit more colour into my life.

Or you can just wear pink….


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Life in colour – 2021 March- Green

Green is for Go  – so let’s go on a journey along green pathways

Through the mossy green forest…

Mossy tree

After our walk through the forest, we might meander alongside the stream where  fish swim beneath the water lilies…

And splash across and around waterfalls…

Waterfalls

Wondering what is beyond the green gates, we could climb up the stairs ..

Or we can peek through doors to a courtyard which is inviting, cool and green!

Let’s hire a lime e-bike to explore Berlin…

Lime E bikes in Berlin

Maybe look for different greens reflected in the architecture….

Returning back down the path through my favourite leafy foliage

Well – that was a memorable  trip around the world of green. I hope you enjoyed it too.

2:Life in colour -2021 Part 2 – Yellows to make me mellow

Mellow Yellows found during my travels – 

The yellow umbrella to guide the walking tour in Prague – guide will help you stay mellow whilst sightseeing – well maybe not lost anyway.

The children’s playground at the departure lounge in Gothenburg so the travelling kids can burn off some energy before the long haul flight.

Back in NZ  – and the yellow sunlit hills framed by the foliage welcomed us home. 

Now it is time to explore our own backyard. Our old camping haunts -the golden sands of Totaranui in the Abel Tasman National Park.