acacia blossoms

acacia blossoms

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Seeing Red


carmine bee eater


I saw red yesterday. The colour red.  A deep luscious red with a hint of blue to give it depth. Not as dark as blood, nor as orange as a postbox, it was the kind of red you want to have around - to share the landscape with it. It made me thankful that i could see that red. 





Appreciating the ability to see that red, made me thankful for blue, ocean blue, cornflower blue, warm blue and cold blue. Then the floodgates opened and i thought of all the beauty in the world. I wondered how much time i had left to see it and didn't want to miss a jot. Sorry if that sounds morbid but the edges are already getting a bit blurred.





This world of ours is full of crazy extravagant beauty that defies the human imagination. But visuals are for beginners i guess. Beyond that lie smells, touches, sounds and extra sensory sensations.





Apart from that deeply philosophical moment in the parking lot yesterday, I caught three red toads in the house last night. Not the luscious red kind, more a burnt umber colour, but they squeaked indignantly as i delivered them to the great outdoors.

The full moon rose golden red through the trees last night.  A clear round orb unsoftened by summer haze.  We are heading into winter, as we celebrate Easter and the season of rebirth.





14 comments:

Angela said...

Beautiful, Val, you almost made me cry. You are so right. I am glad to have you for a friend, I learn so much from you, and if it is just to SENSE things more.

Kristin said...

I can see the colors in your words; though, the pictures are great, too.

Val said...

Geli - ah thanks x the learning is truly symbiotic - you are a true teacher x

Kristin - its good to be reminded sometimes dont you think? pick a colour for the day and find it all around you. That red really caught my attention in that moment. BTW cant seem to access your blog anymore :(

Lily said...

And it seems that Africa is the crossroads where all the colors were born, and they seem to fade just a bit as they spread out to distant shores...
For those of us who don't live in your beautiful continent, it is such a treat to have your gorgeous images!
Thank you for that,
Lily

Janet said...

so much to be so grateful for xxx

"...life gets quite precious when there's less of it to waste..." Bonnie Raitt *Nick of Time*

Val said...

Lily that is such a beautiful comment, thank you.

Kristin - i did manage to access your blog, having said i couldnt, but comments still seem to be difficult. i think its my internet connection though. sorry.

Lori ann said...

beautiful thoughts, feelings and words val. i love the things you notice and appreciate.

Steve Reed said...

There really is a lot of beauty in your part of the world! (And in any part, I suppose...) That bee-eater is spectacular.

Val said...

Janet - ha yes, o so true x

Lori - thanks.and ditto to yours!

Steve Reed - there is indeed. its mind boggling when you look properly!

joost said...

Most people have the skills to put some words in an order to create a message. But Val, you have a real talent and the guts to put the right words in the right order to inspire the ones who reads these words.
Every time looking forward to your next blog.

Val said...

Joost - wow thanks for the kind words and support x

Angela said...

I agree totally with Joost!

Amanda said...

this post touched me deeply, val. with my father's recent passing i find myself having similar philosophical thoughts about life.....enjoying the colors, sounds and fragrances all around us.

Val said...

hi Amanda - i am so sorry to hear about your loss. Do hope you are coping ok? hugs x